Originality and Plagiarism

Plagiarism, as indicated by plagiarism. org (2010), is the act of copying other people’s work without acknowledging them. It can also be referred to as the act of passing other people’s ideas as one’s own. There are various ways through which plagiarism can be committed. Some of these include: turning someone else’s ideas as ones own or copying ideas from the work of another person without acknowledging the source of that information. Failure to use quotation marks correctly can also lead to plagiarism (plagiarism. org, 2010).

The other factor that may lead to plagiarism is copying of too much work from a certain source such that it constitutes that largest percentage of the work done whether credit has been given or not (plagiarism. org, 2010). Originality, according to Macfarlane (p, 12) is the act of developing new ideas, procedures and performance. It is the quality of being novel and innovative. All ideas that are not borrowed from someone else’s work are regarded as original. It is the capability of an individual to express his or her thoughts in an independent manner.

The expression of original ideas is regarded as intellectual property by the U. K. Law (Macfarlane p, 17). These ideas are therefore protected by the copyright laws. All forms of original ideas are fall under copyright protection so long as they are put down in some way; be it in a book, magazine or a journal. Bibliography: Macfarlane, Robert 2007, Original copy: plagiarism and originality in nineteenth-century literature, ISBN 0199296502: Oxford University Press Plagiarism. org, 2010, What is Plagiarism? viewed on April 28, 2010 from http://www. plagiarism. org/plag_article_what_is_plagiarism. html