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Plagiarism and you by YakekponoAbasi Adams

Plagiarism is the copying of another person’s ideas, text or other creative work, and presenting it as one’s own, especially without permission.

It is not a new thing for you to read the same post via different platforms on social media.

The other day, I read an interesting post on motivation on Facebook. As I scrolled through my news feed, I saw the same post by about ten people.

I was speechless. These posts are never attributed to their original authors.People just copy and paste.

It isn’t an easy task to write something that people will like to read. Sometimes, it takes days, weeks, months or even years to come up with a mind-blowing piece.

That’s the same piece you use less than a minute to copy and paste. That’s not the worst. You don’t even care to at least add a byline to it.

Is it fair? Have you asked yourself how you’d feel if this was done to do? One of the problems with the internet is lack of regulations.

While you’re at it, be careful. That act of yours could end you up in jail for a while. Or you might get to pay a whooping sum of money. There are copyright laws.

When you’re caught in this web, you’ll not be able to tell what got to you.

If you read something you’d like to share to others, use the ‘share’ button. If you use the information in a research paper, cite the source.

‘Little’ things such as this, is what mostly put people in trouble. They don’t think it matters.

Well, it might not matter to you, but it does to the author.

Happy surfing!

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