What is Plagiarism? Learn About Copyright Law Before It’s too Late!

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As writers we are constantly fearful of others stealing our work, but what is plagiarism really? What do we have to fear? Also, how are we sure we’ve never committed it?

The definition of plagiarism, according to Merriam-Webster.com, is “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own” (see how I credited Merriam-Webster! That’s right, I play by the rules.). U.S. Copyright Law takes a hard anti-plagiarism stance and legally protects writers from theft, should there be earnings from the plagiarized work. Consequences of plagiarism range from embarrassment to getting expelled or fired to lawsuits and large financial settlements.

In one of the most famous plagiarism cases to date, bestselling author Dan Brown was accused of stealing a key storyline of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh’s 1982 book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, and using it in The Da Vinci Code. The charges, made by Baigent and Leigh, were eventually dismissed in court, but there were many articles and news outlets covering the case and discussing plagiarism—meaning you need to be aware of what constitutes plagiarism and how it may affect you.

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The Four Most Common Examples of Plagiarism

– Stealing parts of someone else’s work and inserting it into your own without citation.

– Submitting someone else’s work with your name on it.

– Paraphrasing someone else’s words and attempting to pass it off as your own.

– Taking your own previously published work (to which you’ve sold the rights) and reusing all or parts of it in a new work. (This is called self-plagiarism.)

Familiarize yourself with all four of these and make sure you don’t commit any of them.

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Know the Meaning of Plagiarism and Learn About Copyright Law Today!

While you don’t have to answer the question What is copyright law?, you do need to know the basic principles so you don’t unintentionally take work from some else’s copyrighted material when researching your book. Plus, it’s wise to equip yourself with this knowledge to protect you and keep others from others stealing your work.

In this FREE download, Copyright Basics, you’ll get easy-to-understand answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about copyrights and copyright laws. How do you copyright your articles and stories? Once your work is copyrighted, how long is it protected? Is there any situation in which your can lose copyright protection? Get the answers to these and MORE with Copyright Basics. Download it now for free!

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