Plagiarism and Fraud
Apart from property concerns such as trademark and copyright, the plagiarist also commits fraud. The plagiarist is aware that he is not the real author of a text or document and still he uses it deliberately and even goes so far as putting his name to it.
Terms such as ‘academic misconduct’ used to describe plagiarism is simply an understatement because without doubt, plagiarism is the same as fraud. Fraud and plagiarism are two terms that just seem to go side by side.
When one commits fraud, one intentionally twists the truth to persuade and encourage one to believe that what is saying, stating or printing is actually the truth.
To which plagiarism is also similar it its meaning, wherein an individual tries to pass a piece of work, study, term paper or thesis to be owned as the individual who passed the work. This is fraudulent in nature as the person who does it intentionally creates a truth that does not really exist.
Keep in mind, plagiarism, is not a light matter. Not because you copy a part of a story, a paragraph or two to add to your work, the fact is, this is someone else’s work. Thoughts of someone else that you convey as your own, is a big deal, especially when this occurs in school, a university, or any place else.
One should remember both fraud and plagiarism is a serious crime. Don’t take it as a light offense, and take into account, the effect of what you ‘think’ is light, will continue on and ruin your reputation.