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  • 1. What Is Plagiarism?
  • 2. What Is Plagiarism?
  • 3. What Is Plagiarism?
  • 4. What Is Plagiarism?
  • 5. What Is Copyright Infringement?
  • 6. What Is Copyright Infringement?
  • 7. The Answer Is…
  • 8. The Answer Is… …It Depends
  • 9. Regardless of one’s own definition, the fear of committing either of these crimes has lead to underdeveloped research brought on by the lack of knowledge regarding how to cite other’s work properly.
  • 10. I myself as a student at Texas Christian University have struggled with the boundaries between plagiarism and copyright infringement.
  • 11. As a result of this fear, the development of potentially breakthrough ideas has slowed.
  • 12. Sadly, this problem could be resolved by teaching proper citing techniques to those who need them and be explaining what the differences are between plagiarism and copyright infringement.
  • 13. Some say that plagiarism is using someone else's work without giving proper credit while copyright infringement is using someone else’s work without their permission.
  • 14. Typically issues of plagiarism are dealt with within an academic institution whereas issues of copyright infringement are dealt with in a court.
  • 15. VS Also, plagiarism is widely understood as a crime against the group while copyright is a crime against the individual (Laura Murray 174).
  • 16. Although these differences help distinguish between the two, there is no solid and consistent way to decide which is applicable; it is often subjective.
  • 17. Regardless, with such stringent regulation regarding both plagiarism and copyright infringement, the ease in which people are able to freely express their own opinion or express their creativity is being restrained.
  • 18. The fear of being accused of plagiarism, especially in the academic world, is substantial.
  • 19. Although the consequences for plagiarism may not be quite as severe as other forms of academic misconduct, the consequences can still be quite serious.
  • 20. The penalties for plagiarism can vary from failing an assignment, loss of privilege, getting a low grade to not being promoted to a higher standard, academic probation and even expulsion from an educational institution (
  • 21. The difficult thing about plagiarism is that it is extremely easy to do unintentionally; and it is the fear of the consequences of unintentional plagiarism that prevents them from doing research to further their claims and ideas.
  • 22. Some believe that the stringent laws surrounding copyright should be loosened in order to create a most free society where ideas are freely exchanged.
  • 23. In the documentary, riP: A Remix Manifesto, Brett Gaylor, the director, makes the argument that in order for the formation of new ideas to occur, they must be able to freely build off the past.
  • 24. Without a fundamental understanding of the differences between copyright infringement and plagiarism, the flow of new ideas will move at a significantly slower pace.
  • 25. We need to focus on teaching the differences between infringement and plagiarism as well as teach proper citing techniques in order for us to have a free society where the creative ideas of individuals are able to build off those before them.
  • 26. Bibliography UnivSem.html&usg=__TjmPWv_I6hEf-3RiE0mKXq0vQ0E=&h=620&w=720&sz=52&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=3ZYvYWIWeE7prM:&tbnh=133&tbnw=155&prev=/images%3Fq%3DDebate%26hl %3Den%26biw%3D2073%26bih%3D1059%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=387&ei=NNKYTJDiL5uInAfuuLSkDw&oei=NNKYTJDiL5uInAfuuLSkDw&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=32&ved=1t:429,r:1,s: 0&tx=97&ty=95 Rip!: A Remix Manifesto. Dir. Bret Gaylor. Perf. Rip: a Remix Manifesto. Disinformation Films/Rv, 2010. Film. Murray, Laura. "Plaigiarism and Copyright Infringement." Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age. Michigan: Digital Culture Books, 2008. 173-181. Print.