Plagiarism can be defined as stealing someone else’s work and ideas and presenting it as your own. Plagiarism is done in many fields like writing, art, music, movies, etc.
As a blogger, you know how much effort and time go in writing a single post. How would you feel if someone copies your work and present it as their work? I am sure no one will like it. Plagiarism exists in blogging also. People just copy blog posts and present them as their own without giving credit to the original blogger. Sometimes, people don’t hesitate to copy the whole blog. Some people steal content from different blogs and create a new blog with the stolen content.
We think and write on many common topics. It is possible that many things might be common as emotions and experiences might be the same. It is possible that many words which are used in writing might also be the same, but it is almost impossible that the two things are exactly the same.
Plagiarism is not only limited to writing. It is widespread in art, music, movies and many other fields also. You might have seen how music is stolen from a song and used in another song. Many music companies, singers and musicians steal folk songs and present it as their own without giving any credit to the original creator. In the name of recreation, they shamelessly just pick an old song and make some minor changes and present it as their own creation. Many filmmakers copy the whole movie without buying copyrights. In movies, scripts and stories are usually plagiarized. You might have seen movies that are shamelessly copied frame by frame. Sometimes, even the dialogues are not changed.
To create something original is not an easy task. It takes a lot of hard work and time to create something original. Sometimes, people have to suffer big time and give up many things in life to create something original, therefore, we must respect the original creator and creation.
Theft is theft whether is it is of a physical thing or an abstract thing like ideas and thoughts. Be original. Create something for which people remember you instead of stealing someone’s hard work and pass it off as your own.
Have your own identity.