the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.
synonyms: copying, infringement of copyright, piracy, theft, stealing…
Plagiarism is something that honest hardworking people look down on. It is never good to copy someone else’s work and pass it off as your own. When I first joined Twitter and Instagram to post about my upcoming writing projects, I was taken aback by the number of users getting called out by other users for piggybacking off their work or stealing their work. I thought to myself, “Who would do something as low as that?” I know the users who got called out for their plagiarism had to be embarrassed and ashamed. If it was me, I know I would.
Imagine how I felt when I saw some of my own work and posts being copied and pasted by other users as their own. I honestly could not believe it when I first saw it. These are users with a huge following getting accolades and “likes” off of my work. Now if they had of tagged me or asked me, it would not have been such a big issue for me, but they did not.
I truly do believe that some of these users (famous and not so famous) fool themselves into thinking that the person they copied their work(s) from would never come across it or notice it. Why? Because these apps like Twitter and Instagram has millions and millions of users. They think that we will never ever see it or even come across it. Oh how wrong they are.
All it takes is for someone to either notice your work and alert you about it or you could be scrolling through posts one day like I did and notice it. It would be so embarrassing for me to copy and paste my original post with the date and time next to their post showing just where they got their “post” from, but I am not going to do that. I will say this though, if you ever want to use anything I post or write, please give credit where credit is due. That is the only proper thing to do.
When your followers find out that what you are posting is not of your own, your reputation and standing would not be the same. Your followers would no doubt be disappointed in you for not being real or truthful about the things you post. Inspiration comes to us in different forms and fashion. Find your quirk and hone in on it. Do not take what is not rightfully yours and pass it off as your own. Get your own material. You got it in you, you may just have to dig deep to find it.
Until next time…