If contents of our art are contextualized with resemblance to renowned source, then plagiarism can be suspected. There are relative possibilities that other peoples’ hibernated or lost words, ideas, or concepts re-appeared in our deeds. The relative possibilities simply exhibit choices with replication of facts. Though plagiarism truly exist and prevalent in our deeds, but 'what about plagiarism?’
Some thoughts consider plagiarism as copyright infringement, ethical offense, dishonest act, intellectual property fraud, stylistic theft or lazy content with no originality. The exploratory question 'what about plagiarism?’ draws attention from the advent of website that claim to detect plagiarized words, phrases and sentences. There are good possibilities of detection due to reliable internet database and parsing system, but everything remains relative. The relativity keeps boundary around software performance which depends on configuration of analytic and possibilities of ideas as human query intelligence grows.
According to Wikipedia (Last edited on 19 July 2016, at 23:07 GMT),
‘Although plagiarism in some contexts is considered theft or stealing, the concept does not exist in a legal sense."Plagiarism" is not mentioned in any current statute, either criminal or civil.’
Paraphrasing, imitation, and copy-paste are major elements of plagiarism. It should be noted all these arise from personal loss of ideas and covetousness in characters. With no surprise that the phenomenon of plagiarism is commonly practiced in academia, journalism and website publishing; the practices remain ethical offense to audience who are fed up of repetition, mediocrities and lack of originality.
Creative souls get worried, not only to piracy insinuation, but to security of their emotional intelligence and emotional stability after series of time and energy invested. Real creativity of new contents to drive healthy competition seems to be parasitically attacked when it comes to website publishing of plagiarized internet content. Also, the various practices of plagiarism make leveraging on other people works easy and faster with proliferation that compromise integrity and ethical-social justification.
Moreover, plagiarism speaks louder when the perpetrators’ source(s) is/are discovered to be open secret. Audience only get to know plagiarist when their creativity come in repetition, record(s) caught up with them, or technological query and parsing system.
Plagiarism can be define as proprietary status to derivatives of existed or existing contents without attribution to the source. While creativity can be define as the ability to make better derivatives of contents from hidden source. Hmm, is there good correlation? Plagiarism may pave way to creativity, probably when plagiarists work on mindset. If plagiarists’ mindset are psychologically investigated, things such as the following may manifest:
• The hibernated or lost contents must be re-cycled to compensate for time delay of a contribution of what people need in quick time.
• Portions of the existed contents must be repeated to deal with mental stress and proliferation.
• The audiences for the contents are not at same location, not at same intellectual capability to discern lack of originality.
• The plagiarized content make sense and get good attention.
For unjustified reasons, people plagiarized to satisfy their choices to mark social significance. In the human domain, influences by tastes and desires of other people contents reflect formative idea trend. The idea trend of plagiarism is nothing but a mapping in the social trend. Sometime, you may discover that your content preference incline towards what someone else has already done especially when you want to mark a better social significant moment. For example, you try to brainstorm with google search platform and overwhelmingly enough, the search responses are all about your thoughts. It implies that your supposed contents existed and also ascertain that you are not alone.
Copying and pasting, imitating or paraphrasing with no management and creativity of existed content on website domain promote plagiarism in information and communication. In response, information and communication technology, ICT, keep rising and will transcend beyond plagiarism. The existence of plagiarism checker website such as copyscape.com, plagscan.com, smallseotools.com etc opens opportunity for blog plagiarists to re-think that contents acquisition is not the main priority, but how to increase possibilities toward their audience tastes and desires for better organic traffic trend.
Nevertheless, contents beyond plagiarism can only exist within the scope of ethical-social-circuit; where the ethical question of “where are the possibilities?” overrides the plagiarist cynical question of “what about plagiarism?”.