What is wrong with plagiarism?

When a person plagiarizes or steals another person's words or ideas, he or she, the plagiarist, is being dishonest. The plagiarist is cheating someone else out of their intellectual property and demonstrating by his or her act of plagiarism that he or she cannot and should not be trusted. The plagiarist is also showing that he or she lacks the ability to come up with his or her own ideas. Finally, depending on the extent and nature of the plagiary committed, the plagiarist could be leaving himself or herself or even his or her employer open to expensive lawsuits. Plagiarism is after all fraud. Consequently, no reputable employer would wish to hire or have as an employee any individual whose honesty could be brought into question.




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