Plagiarism refers as taking credit for someone's ideas as your own without providing adequate credit. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense: According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:
- to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
- to use (another's production) without crediting the source
- to commit literary theft
- to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source ==
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.
AGK videos are currently victims of plagiarism since 2012. People that are trying to use others' ideas, content in their own videos or piece of music in a work they've added without giving credit to the original owner is considered plagiarism.
All of the following are considered plagiarism:
- turning in someone else's work as your own
- copying words, lines, scenes or ideas from someone else without giving credit
- changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
- copying so many words or ideas from a AGK Episode or source that it makes up the majority of your *work, whether you give credit or not.
Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source is usually enough to prevent plagiarism.