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
Subject: Plagiarizing your website
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.
(name deleted to protect privacy)