Question by  michaelwoodcockhotmailcom (32)

Why would an author consider plagiarism a grave offense?

I do not understand the big deal about plagiarism.


Answer by  SashaDarkCloud (5764)

Suppose you were a writer, and you wrote a short story. Let's say you publish it somewhere where people can read it. Now, someone copies your work and sells it saying it is their work after you spent months or years writing this work. Wouldn't you be angry as well?


Answer by  AvrilBey (474)

An author generates something you would call "Intellectual Property. " That is to say, the only thing the author owns is the idea, and at best the author gets paid for the use of the idea. When a person plagiarizes said author, you are stealing his or her intellectual property, as the words and the idea are the ONLY thing owned.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

When someone else's work is quoted and cited, it is giving them credit for what they have written. Plagarism is essentially theft of others' intellectual property.

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