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When Is Plagiarizing A Little Bit OK?

At some point in all of our scholarly careers, we've "taken" a little something from here and there and have passed it off as our own. Yes, it's wrong, but some also see a little bit of "borrowing" as flattery. What do you think?

I am happy to hear that Beyonce Knowles has settled her case against a woman who was suing her for plagiarism. Beyonce's way too creative to need to steal her material.

You can't pass off someone else's ideas as your own. Give them credit and then continue your point in a personal way.

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BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Oh, A big FYI, I'm not talking about any one on here. Those are just my feelings about my life's experience of people I knew that did these things. :)
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
I mean if it is by accident that is one thing but, literally out right stealing, cheating and lying disgusts me.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
I agree with Jinx, I hate how they call it sampling because it is STEALING. I actually detest the act of stealing and cheating in people.
angelbaby angelbaby 10 years
i got my undergrad degree and Master's from the same school. If i had to do it all again-I would have gotten a specialized degree and gone on to some type of professional graduate degree-law-but my job and industry requires a least a Bachelors degree. think that education is always worth the money and today a bachelor degree is like a high school diploma was 40 years ago.
Toronado Toronado 10 years
Plagiarism can even happen in art college. In the late-90s the students in one of my classes got reamed for bumming other peoples' work. We were designing layouts on our computers and saved them on floppy disks (when floppies were still around). A lot of people who waited until the last minute to finish their assignments just popped their friends' disks in, brought the saved work up onto their computer, and saved it as their own. Only problem was, they never bothered to make any changes to the layout, so half the class ended up having layouts that looked 100% identical, and that's what got them caught. It was brutal too, because when we went to get our marks and collect our assignments, the professor was really pissed and announced to the entire class the names of those who'd bummed the work as they went to collect it. Needless to say, the assignment thieves all got Fs. I gladly took my A and wore it proud. Only total morons try to pass off someone else's work as their own. It's just silly. Like, are you so devoid of intelligence and imagination that you actually have to steal the products of someone else's? Pitiful.
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
and all that being said. i would never lie to friends or tell people a story, poem or idea and try and pass it off as my own. that is what im not about. i have the same friends since kindergarten and the same clients\business relationships for years.
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
well i wouldnt say i so much ever plagerized since most of my classes were classes you could not, a nutrition degree requires ALOT of math and science courses. but i will say i copied homework answers on ones i could not get to avoid gettin beat downs by the nuns.. college for me was like a contunation of HS. way too small too much in your business etc. i did alot of kiss assing and suckin up and that is where i will say i "cheated" most to get thru and to succeed at collegve which if anything that does prepare you for the real world. cause unfortunatley people do not get a head on merit alone in this world and that however you want to think of it is the long and short of it.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Well, as a stay at home Mom, I don't really use my degree per se. But, the education and the critical thinking process will always be with me. And the parties. Sigh, I wouldn't have missed college for the world.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
I'm glad I got my degrees as well. What I've learned in my voice classes has been so helpful and what I learned in my journalism and writing classes has made me a better writer, for the most part.
nicachica nicachica 10 years
i can't say i absolutely loved my college (the atmosphere was not the most conducive to people other than Southern frat boys/country club members) but it did teach me that honor is the most important thing that a person can have, if nothing else. if you lied, cheated or stole something (academic or otherwise), you were kicked out. that's it...plain and simple and i loved it because it gave us freedom to take tests anywhere we wanted and leave our backpacks lying around the library/campus without fear that anybody would take anything. people even reported found money! it wasn't perfect but it made my degree that much more important because i graduated with a sense of integrity and increased knowledge from my chosen fields of study. Yes, you can succeed without a college degree, but in the end, i'm glad i got a degree from my university (WAHOO WA!). :)
Jinx Jinx 10 years
It happens all the time in music these days, but they call it sampling instead of stealing. I hate it. "Like MySpace, only more arrogant"
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I quote my sources in casual conversation. I'm totally uncomfortable with the idea of passing anybody else's anything off as my own. Besides, in this day and age you'll be caught nearly every time. Then, you'll look like an idiot.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
I always quote my sources which are usually lines from SATC
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
As a journalist, I find plagiarism repugnant. It really doesn't take much time to cite your source. If you use a quote or some lyrics as a sig on a message board, that's not plagiarism (unless you claim to have written the quote or the lyrics), but posting an entire poem and claiming that "the words just flow from you" when it is clear that you did not write said poem is outright plagiarism. It's misleading and dishonest. How much more time would it take to simply put the author's name at the bottom of the piece? That's ALL it takes to not engage in plagiarism. Links aren't necessary, just credit where credit is due. At Berkelee, where I got my music degree, it was hard to cheat, since I was in the vocal performance department. When I went to school for my degree in journalism, plagiarism was soemthing that got you kicked out of the program, especially the graduate program.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
plagiarism is theft pure and simple...what satisfaction can you get of passing someone elses work off as your own??? none
yayita yayita 10 years
A degree's only purpose is to let you in the door for a good job. After that it is USELESS. I love my Degree in Advertising and PR and I actually went into advertising. But what I learned in school has NOTHING TO DO with the realworld.
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
trust me i would have loved the BIg chill experience but that didnt happen lol..not to mention i am a it headhunter and i would say a third of my clients do full background checks and check degrees.. so all you peeps a few courses or credits short.. and your not claiming to went to harvard or mit and have been in the work force a few years... youve just earned your bachelors and no one would know lol
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
Sometimes degrees are useless. When I lived in WV I knew SOOO many people that had a degree but couldn't do anything with it.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Yeah...but you can sell them back for like 25% of the value at the end of the semester/quarter :P
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Val....don't get me wrong. I wouldn't trade my degree for anything. However I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and I cannot go into that field without going to graduate school. My opportunities in my field are very limited but I do realize I am much better off with a degree than without one.
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
speaking of school :barf: I'm throwing up at the amount of money I paid for my college books today. :(
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
i went to an all women's private catholic school and had 100 girls in my graduating class. i have not been back since. i went there bc it is known for having one of the best nutrition\dietician programs on the east coast. i am now and have been in sales and self employed. id rather the 120 grand. but everyone has different experiences
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
i can't believe you guys think a degree is useless. college degrees are the difference between a profession and a job. in college you learn about yourself and how you go after a goal, and you make contacts that help you land a good position later on. we still go to alumni events and i am always sort of amazed at the opportunities that come up at these things. to me no college means a dead end job with little opportunity for advancement and a salary you can barely live on. there are no guarantees with a college degree, but it sure does raise your chances of getting your foot in the door.
Ivonne Ivonne 10 years
LOL Tox, you really made me laugh. :P
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
if i knew then if i knew now i would have used that money and bought a fat condo in nyc and quadrupled my money!!!!
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