Plagiarism in plain words

"The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own."

- Oxford Dictionary

This word was derived from the Greek work, Plagion, which transformed into Plagiarism in the 17th century.


☑ Is the content shared above defining the word, Plagiarism, to be considered Plagiarism?

No. It is the definition of the word. Moreover, we have cited the reference in this case, as we used the exact definition put forth in the Oxford dictionary.

If we were to explain in our own words, then it is not mandatory to cite the reference. However, if the word were to be a totally new one and an uncommon word, it would be better to cite the reference.


☑ What happens in this sharing world where the same content gets repeatedly shared making it difficult to trace the source? Moreover, the platform in play also promotes the mindset of sharing. In that case, if someone were to share the same content, would it be plagiarism?

This area is becoming blurry and blurry, especially, with the same content being shared across various platforms. There are various ways to find out whether the content was extracted from other places. We will provide that info in the LegalDhoom section soon.


☑ What do we do from our side?
With questions about the source of content, we try to share a screenshot of another posted content, if we believe the content needs to be shared for sure.

We also utilize public domain or creative common content as much as possible, and also cite references as and when necessary for sharing purposes. Even then, we do a thorough job referring across various sources to draw our own interpretations, inferences and conclusions connecting various areas, and present the information or artwork in a transformative form aligning with the transformative fair use clause.


☑ Can you give us an example for Plagiarism?
We were putting forth content on an autodidact, a farmer who made great contributions in the area of Astronomy. We will see that soon.

While researching further, two sites had the same content, verbatim. Please see below. We have also shared what another site had to say about one of those sites. This is not the first time this kind of replication in content is happening, and we have noticed the same many other times. It is even more so prevalent on social media platforms.


☑ Other Examples

One direct example is the poll on naming a picture for turtle or tortoise. Though we shared a video on this topic from YouTube, we presented our own inferences, and also added our questions and findings.

For that matter, we also have researched extensively on those topics for a while now, and in depth. For example, many videos segregate turtles from tortoises, and even many articles classify them as two different classes, but in reality, all tortoises in fact come under turtles family.

Considering a diverse group of audience, we delve into a topic at different levels keeping the diversity in mind. Further, coming back to our post on turtles and tortoises, and also lions, it brings in an important topic of adaptation and environment, which goes beyond the basic theory of Darwinian natural selection process. We will share more on this topic soon.

We will also share another example showing how we transformed content and application with an example of bringing in our own creativity to that content. Moreover, whenever we share content from other sources, it is usually done for readers to get a complete picture of what is being shared.

We also need to understand that these social media platforms have become global, and the rule of law and the understanding of law tends to vary across the globe.
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