Disadvantages of plagiarising.
According to the Collins Dictionary of the English language (Hanks, 1979), plagiarism is ‘the act of plagiarising’, which is ‘to steal ideas or passages from another’s work and present them as one’s own’. In other words plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s work through essay, speech, write up or electronically. Intentionally or unintentionally reproducing merely copying, rewording, paraphrasing, adapting, work that was produced by another person(s) without proper acknowledgement in an attempt to gain academic benefit, merit or reward. Intentionally or nonchalantly allowing such reproduction to happen may also complement plagiarism.
This core ethical issue needs addressing immediately. Educators will need to consider how students are interacting with information technology and how ethical these interactions are. Unprecedented and unparalleled access to information without consideration to its ownership or authenticity provides ongoing concerns for society. Conger and Loch put it very succinctly. "For every new technology, new situations arise." (Conger, Loch, 1996). Plagiarism is not only copying the words of another person, which can be avoided summarising the sentences, but also the use of words, ideas, data, organization and original thoughts of another person without acknowledging the individual and the most commonly used platform is the internet, Such activities can allow room to serious consequences, sometimes, attracting legal punishments.
Copying someone else's work without acknowledging is actually a violation of that person right over his intellectual property. Legally, plagiarism is a subject matter of copyright violation law, and can bring legal and monetary retribution for the violators sometimes, penalties for plagiarism can comprise criminal punishments and imprisonment, the offender may be...