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Plagiarism: verbal creation turns into virtual conflict

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Plagiarism is using someone else’s thoughts and ideas as our own. This is one of the crucial cases that has been going around the world, but no one considers it seriously. In some countries, plagiarism is an official crime and the person who commits it might even get an official punishment. And hence, this is something that no one should practice.

This can be done intentionally or unintentionally, but the punishment for both is the same. It is such a strict rule that even unintentional violators must bear the consequences. It is not very easy to get away from this kind of situation. It creates chaos in a student’s life affecting his or her lifetime career. No individual has the right to use others’ words as their own. There are many punishments and prices to pay for such commitments. “Most cases of plagiarism are considered misdemeanours, punishable by fines of anywhere between $100 and $50,000 and up to one year in jail; plagiarism can also be considered a felony under certain state and federal laws” (

There are a lot of consequences one can face by committing such a crime called plagiarism, destruction of student reputation, difficult to acquire future career, legal and monetary repercussions might be present and academic reputation will also be ruined. In some countries punishment for plagiarising is being implemented. There are certain measures that are being added for these cases.

“The Government of India is planning to take strict laws to prevent plagiarism in academics. This law will consist of provisions from warning to deregistration of students and dismissal of the teachers concerned.” (Anubhav Pandey, General, IP readers Blog)

The Internet has played a significant role in exposing students to these types of issues today. Whenever an assignment is to be given, students tend to look up to the internet for ideas, ending up copying the information, which is wrong. “A student (university of Maryland) reprimanded for copying from Wikipedia in a paper on the Great Depression.” (Gabriel, Trip, NY Times)

Plagiarism is a serious offence. One should give credit to the actual source. This indicates that you have just referred to it for your essay. There are many students who just directly copy without giving any credit to the main source. All you have to do is cite the source from which you have borrowed the lines. This is the kind of problem that should be avoided for the betterment of their lives and future careers. So plagiarism should be avoided in every case. Make your own story and don’t borrow from others.

Works cited:
2. Gabriel, Trip. “Plagiarism lines blur for students in the digital age.” The New York Times, August 1, 2010. 
3. Pandey, Anubhav. “Laws relating to plagiarism in India.” IP leaders blog, Patiala

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