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PLAGEIARISM IN THE ELECTRONIC AGE Written By SCOTT BOWLER FOR A YEAR 12 ENGLISH TEACHER DUE 140900 ABSTRACT According to encyclopaedia Britannica plagiarism is the act of taking the writings of another person and passing them off as ones own This report will dig deep in to that definition and find out why plagiarism has become such a problem in todays society This reports intentions are to make the reader more aware of this issue and more self-conscious about the work produced The Internet will be the source for a great deal of the statements used in the report because the topic is such a new issue and the fact that definitions are constantly changing It was only a few yeas ago that plagiarism only referred to the copying of literature Now this fraudulence is very closely related to forgery and piracy These are practices generally in violation of copyright laws Some conclusions or recommendations that come from this report relate directly to the cause the Internet Questionnaires have been used in conjunction with this report to give the view of the public the age group that the reports where conducted on where the main offenders for plagiarism Bluntly this report is only about copying written information straight from the internet to the students assignment and then to the finished piece with out a change of wording TABLE OF CONTENTS 10 INTRODUCTION Plagiarism in todays society is a very big problem that is growing The reason plagiarism is such a big problem is simply because there are people who make a living from selling their intellectual property Just to make a copy of such material unless otherwise authorised is a breach of Copyright laws Copyright affects all published intellectual property whether it has been
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