Plagiarism has been a perpetual problem that is now at the peak of its popularity.
It is one of the most severe challenges for students, modern writers and people of artistic professions who are most often accused of plagiarizing. Because of that using other people’s cognitive products has received a negative shade in ethics. But fortunately, plagiarism can be viewed positively too. Though it may seem unreal, plagiarism has made a great contribution to the development of the modern world and it is confirmed by many famous researchers.
Viewpoints of famous people on plagiarism:
Isidore Ducasse has offered an interesting viewpoint that plagiarism is useful for our development saying:
“Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it”. At the same time, plagiarism can contribute to the increase of popularity of some decent phrases and Anatole France agrees: “Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it”.
All these renowned people do not find anything bad in plagiarism and focus on its unmatched benefits. Let’s us also consider what useful you can get from plagiarizing.
1. Development of the same idea by two different people of groups of people on opposite sides of the world
Our life is cyclic by nature and repetitions in different spheres of life are irresistible. Think only about fashion trends, arts, drama, architecture or writing – people can use other individual’s ideas even not knowing or realizing that they copy something. Moreover, sometimes it happens that two similar actions can be performed by two people not acquainted with each other being in different countries. Let’s remember the invention of a bell: both Russian and American scholars used to work on the same invention on different continents. The same situation is with the Internet that was being developed both in the USA and the UK simultaneously. Such cases of plagiarism can be hardly called by this notion but the results are rather impressive, aren’t they?
2. Some cases of self-plagiarism with definite objectives
Self-plagiarism is a very two-sided term as not every scholar agrees that it is possible to plagiarize yourself. P. Samuelson has a similar point of view justifying self-plagiarism in several cases. According to the researcher, it is possible to use self-plagiarism if you want to restate achievements you got previously and the original creation will be the basis for the new project or it will be added some valuable data or information.
Another option stated by the scholar is a possibility to present the same information to the completely new audience (for example, changing the discipline) or if the author refers it to ideal and impossible to paraphrase.
3. Learning about poets and writers, whose works haven’t been seen or read by us, but due to their use by other people, we know about their existence and content
Though many modern poets and artists are not praised for copying or using other people’s creations in their pieces of art, we must be grateful to such notion as plagiarism as it helped us to learn more about the origins of arts. The examples of ancient masterpieces that can be now seen in the museums and private collections are only a tiny part that has come through centuries and has been saved by now. But at the same time, we also know about the existence of some unique literature compositions, for example, that haven’t come to our time due to the writers and poets who cite or insert pieces from the compositions that have been written much earlier. That is useful not only for historians who can restore our past, but also scientists, who research literature works. In this case, plagiarizing is only a great advantage that helps us to learn about human’s past as well as origins and development of arts.
4. Correction of mistakes made by other people or improvement of their creations
Today it is hardly possible to say who exactly has developed the wheel or another mechanism that is used today, but on the basis of such invention, many other useful things were created as well. How has it happened? Scientists study the existing information and try to repeat what was done many years ago. Having analyzed their actions, they develop new innovative ideas that bring about a variety of decent novelties to our world. Can’t their actions be called plagiarism? Definitely, they can. But what an advantage we have due to such plagiarism examples too!
5. Development of many tools and software
Another unsurpassed benefit brought by plagiarism is a big number of tools and software that not only detects similarities and copy-pasted pieces, but also helps to correct mistakes and avoid accidental plagiarism. Much interesting information has appeared for two millenniums or more, so today the Internet does its best to stop copying the existing information but add something unique and exclusive. While numerous plagiarism detection tools and software contribute to these efforts to make provided on the Web content more various.
Of course, it is unjust to use other people’s achievements without mentioning the author, but if you do not aim at receiving someone’s merits, it is important to use citations and references too. That will prevent you from unfair accusations of plagiarism and your pieces will look more impressive among others. But if it happens that a person has copied one’s viewpoint either intentionally or not, there is only one hope left – it has been done only for a benefit that can be brought about by plagiarism.
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