Plagiarism Laws  

To a common man, the word theft probably just signifies stealing a materialistic object. However, as per the judiciary, the definition stretches much beyond this, under the head of plagiarism.

Plagiarism could denote theft of an idea, perception or skill. Plagiarism is widespread in all professional spheres such as writing, music, art and academics. This is a crime in the eyes of the law and there are severe penalties attached to it.Nevertheless, there are many people who still venture into plagiarism despite being well aware of the repercussions. Those topping the list are students, especially the ones involved in research. In order to prepare their research papers, students plagiarize other people’s work and project as their own. Although there is a constant fear of punishments such as failure, suspension or expulsion, even then issues such as lack of time and lack of adequate written communication skills lure many students to plagiarism. 

In accordance to the law of plagiarism, it is an act that comprises of reproducing the original author’s work without giving appropriate references, footnotes or using quotation marks. The act may also be subjected as illegal if the words of the original author have just been re-arranged in the copied piece. The law also includes that it is illegal to even attempt the sale of any term paper, thesis, dissertation, essay, report or any written, recorded, pictorial, artistic or other assignment. Many are under the misconception that plagiarism is only an academic offense and does not fall under legal jurisdiction. However, this is a misnomer as the law gives all educational institutions the right to penalize the culprits adequately, even to the level of withdrawing an awarded degree.

The copyright law further strengthens the law of plagiarism. This law gives the original writer the right to sue a person found guilty of stealing his or her work without prior approval. The copyright law encompasses all pieces of work produced in the US after March 1, 1989. However, the law pertaining to plagiarism does not prohibit professionals from offering their expertise in conducting research or guiding an individual. Those found contradicting the law could be charged with a misdemeanor of the second degree.

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