1) Plagiarism is a matter of intent
It is important to understand that the person who plagiarizes has some sort of premeditated intention. Plagiarism is not the same as recreating a text.
2) It is not plagiarism, is a recreation
There is a fundamental difference between wanting to pay tribute to an author and the intention to plagiarize. The fundamental difference is that intertextuality intends to be recognized and savored while plagiarism wants to go unnoticed in the eyes of the reader.
3) Everything’s a remix
There is a theory that nothing is completely original, that is, that all creation is a remix of something that was created earlier.
4) If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research
Although the text has content from different sources, if these are not properly cited, whether we like it or not is plagiarism. As we said earlier, to plagiarize we must have that intention.
The number of sources we use for our work has nothing to do with the originality of it. We must know that whenever we use work, an idea or phrase that belongs to someone else, we need to say where we are taking it from.
5) Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
Again, we encounter the topic of intertextuality, tributes and plagiarism. At this point it is important to note that imitation does not necessarily mean plagiarizing, as long as the author creates something new with that imitation.
6) To present something old as new is not plagiarism
At this point we must ask, if I wrote something years ago and I make a new version of the same and presented as new, is plagiarism?
The answer is yes. The important thing is to maintain the style while making original content.
7) Originality is undetected plagiarism
Here we must distinguish two things: the unconscious plagiarism that aims to honor something that already exists and the line separating the influence of plagiarism. We are all influenced by something all the time.
8) There is nothing new under the sun
This may be one of the most misunderstood phrases. Since actually it refers to the lack of motivation in everyday life. Of course it is possible to create something original, if laziness do not reign in your life and if you feel like pushing your limits to go find something new.
9) Plagiarism is simply a copy
This is absolutely true. When someone copies literally a creation or idea of someone else is 100% plagiarism. There is no way to justify it and it happens frequently in the field of music and painting
10) Intertextuality: textual globalization
This is particularly true in the case of writing, maybe those who take refuge in it refer to a kind of textual globalization in which anything is possible, but the fact is that plagiarism is not very different from stealing pears, apples or portfolios.
11) Unclear allusion is not plagiarism
The allusion involves a group of readers that identifies a common phrase or author. But if the reference is not so clear, we must resort to quotation marks and the author’s name.
12) In literature everyone commits plagiarism
In every great writer, you can see the literature of those who came before. There’s no remarkable author who did not use hundreds of phrases or sentences copied from other authors. The truth is that you can always hear the echo of what is already known.
13) We all owe something to someone
Sometimes writers tend to believe they are unique under the sun and no one admits owing anything to anyone, especially contemporary. Literature, if anything, is primarily a heritage, a great debt.
14) Plagiarism begins at home
We live in a society where we see almost as “normal” corruption in many forms and plagiarism is one of them. We need to teach our children values to avoid this.
15) Art is either plagiarism or revolution
This phrase attributed to Paul Gauguin wants to express that different forms of art are almost always a copy of something that preceded it, however, there are original ways that revolutionize today’s culture and generate new movements.
16) Taking something from one man and making it worse is plagiarism
Plagiarism is an unacceptable act. You should know that if you hope for something real in your life, you should start by creating something clean of plagiarism.