Saturday, June 10, 2006

Podcast #5: The Plague of Plagiarism is live!

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Dictionary.com defines plagiarism as “a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work,” or “taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own.” We’re all familiar with the concept from high school or college or in business when a paper or project is due on Monday at 9:00 AM and at 9:00 PM the night before you’ve barely typed your name. Panic sets in and, perhaps, situational ethics take hold. Whether overwhelmed, imprecise, or just plain lazy, the person takes a bit from here and a bit from there and voila, he or she has a finished product – just one without having 100% original words or thoughts -- presented as their own work. That’s plagiarism. Plain and simple.

In the latest podcast, I explore this definition and how pervasive plagiarism really is. I also discuss the term plagiarism in light of the broader context of copyright infringement and dish about the latest plagiarism scandal in publishing, the Kaavya Viswanathan/Little, Brown & Company debacle. Finally, I give some tips on how to avoid this plague in your own writing.

Click here to listen the latest episode or to subscribe to the entire podcast. You can also check out previous podcasts and the resources available at LiteraryLawGuide.com.

Write on!

Tonya Evans-Walls

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