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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.

From:
(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)

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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.
Regards,
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.