According to Dictionary.com, the definition of plagiarism is “an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author.”
In other words, if you take someone’s report, blog post, or infographic and pass it off as your own without making any changes, that is plagiarizing. Likewise, copying a few sentences or paragraphs from an article on the internet and pasting it into your own blog post or report is also plagiarizing. Plagiarizing is a big no-no, even at the middle school and high school levels.
Some businesspeople have the misunderstanding that “repurposing content” means taking someone else’s content and rewriting it or reconfiguring it so it matches their brand but this is a gray area that needs careful consideration. The absolute best way to think of repurposing content is to think about only the content that YOU created and how you can use that content in a different way.
Not only is plagiarism wrong but Google may hide your plagiarized content in search results, so follow these three tips for avoiding plagiarism claims:
“Plagiarism” is a scary word in addition to being a legal issue. But you can avoid it with a few simple steps.