Do your students have a hard time defining — and thus, perhaps, avoiding — plagiarism?
They’re not alone. In a cut-and-paste world, examples of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism are everywhere.
Here, for instance, are just a handful of cases that have made headlines in the last few years:
- Journalists, scientists, novelists and politicians have been accused of appropriating the work of others.
- Musicians have gone to court over the “blurred lines” between homage and copyright infringement.
- An artist was accused of plagiarizing his logo for the 2020 Olympics from Internet images.
- A science writer plagiarized himself.
- An Instagram celebrity was called out for stealing jokes.
- A 17-year-old novelist, a finalist for a major book prize, said her lifted work was “mixing,” not plagiarism.
- Essays presented as “personal statements” for college applications have been taken directly from published work online. <Read more.>