what is plagiarism?
Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means
But can words and ideas really be stolen?
According to U.S. [and Australian] law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).
All of the following are considered plagiarism:
what is copyright?
(from the U.S. Copyright Office)
Copyright is a form of protection granted by law to authors of original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, and computer software.