Sir Eriata Oribabhor writes in Facebook, Writing and Plagiarism, “For the benefit of my friends who may not know what plagiarism is all about, let me advice that it is the use of another person’s work without crediting him/her.” He further states, “Therefore, to plagiarize the work of another and make it look like yours is bad and punishable. Plagiarism is a serious offense in literary and academic circle (Facebook inclusive).” This means that it is illegal and a person who plagiarizes can be punished and that it is illegal on Facebook.2
In the above paragraphs I have appropriately and legally used someone else’s words and ideas by using quotation marks around the copied words and then gave the credit for the words. I will also add citations at the end of the article. The little numbers at the end of the paragraphs correspond to a number at the end of this article. The source for the information is included there. These are the two appropriate and legal ways to use someone else’s words and give them credit for it.
You may ask, why I am writing about this issue on a blog about Periodic Paralysis? I discovered this morning that another Periodic Paralysis Support Board on Facebook is using my words from my book, my website and blog articles without my permission and without giving me credit for it. This person is obviously cutting and pasting my work and cutting and pasting my work and then adding a few comments in between that I would not agree with in any way. She is then passing the words off as her own.
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