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Rewriting is Still Plagiarizing

It never ceases to amaze me how ill-informed people are about what constitutes plagiarism. Were these people away sick the day their eighth grade (or sixth grade, or fourth grade?) English teacher explained in no uncertain terms:

Plagiary is using someone else’s words or ideas without citation and passing them off as your own.

As an example, here’s an email I received today.

(name deleted to protect privacy)
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 2:51 PM
To: contact@writeabio.com
Subject: Plagiarizing your website

Dear Barbra,

You’ve just send me a tweet telling me I plagiarized your website. I must say this article has been written by a ghostwriter. I compared both the article with the text on your site and I must admit that it seems as if the ghostwriter has looked at your site. But I also find that, although the six points are the same, the article to me seems completely rewritten and is not a copy of your site. I’m not sure if you could call this plagiary.

However I will remove the text from ezine and contact the ghostwriter for advice. Should I disagree with your claim of plagiary I will first contact you before replacing the article.

Best regards,

(name deleted to protect privacy)


Hello Michel,
Rewriting is plagiarism. Plagiarism is widely defined as “using someone else’s words or ideas and passing them off as your own”.http://www.plagiarism.org/
If you doubt what I am saying, just google it. A google search will give you more accurate information on this than your writer will: obviously he or she either does not understand, or chooses to overlook, this basic concept.
Barbra Sundquist

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  • George January 6, 2012, 12:21 am

    Content rewriting is not suitable for blogs. Blogs are personal views and opinions and should be unique with the bloggers writing style and ideas.