What is plagiarism and what are its consequences? How can you avoid plagiarism?

The definition of plagiarism is very simple, but many people find it difficult to understand its importance. Students should pay special attention to them, especially in view of the latest rules for verification of diploma theses through the National Repository of Written Diploma Works. This creation has already been described on our blog and it is worth reaching for this article if the topic is still unknown. The word plagiarism comes from Latin from plagium, which means simply stealing. An act called plagiarism is called by its name, because on the basis of copyright it means copying someone else’s work or part of it. It is also the assignment of the authorship of this work by concealing the origin of a given plagiarized work.

A song can be a song, a picture, a poem, a master’s thesis and any other work that someone has created alone and which is listed as his intellectual property. Even the image of a man, his face can be protected by copyright, as his own product, unique, one of a kind and belonging to a specific person. Therefore, using other people’s songs, you should do it carefully, skillfully and above all in accordance with the law. It should be emphasized here that the same applies to all work projects that are written by our scientific team. But these rules have already been described in detail in the tab on our website called Regulations and Rules for the use of scientific materials. It should be remembered that the plagiarism program does not explicitly determine whether the text is plagiarism. This program only checks the percentage of similarity. Strings of words and phrases can be paraphrased and hidden from the program the actual origin of the text. But this is also plagiarism, even if the program indicates zero. You should pay attention to this, because writing a diploma thesis does not mean copying and pasting other fragments of scientific works.

Plagiarism is a crime and the criminal consequences associated with it can be very significant. These rules are regulated, among others The Copyright and Related Rights Act, where, based on its provisions, a person who uses someone else’s work as his own may be fined but also sentenced to up to three years imprisonment. For students who will copy someone else’s work or part of it and sign it under it, thus obtaining a diploma and a professional title, they face criminal consequences under Article 272 of the Criminal Code. In this case, the most common punishment is imprisonment from one to three years. In addition, another law, which is forgotten by many students, is the law on higher education. Seemingly, it may seem a mild collection of records, but one of the last points of this law is that the university authorities are obliged to notify the prosecutor’s office if they detect plagiarism in the student’s work. This act does not expire and even after many years, a specific person can be held responsible. Writing diploma theses is therefore not such an easy and carefree task as it may have been for years. This is particularly significant in the situation where all diploma theses are now under the magnifying glass of the Minister.

Plagiarism can be easily avoided. You just have to be honest. When using the services of writing jobs, carefully read the regulations on their websites. Regardless, all scientific works, i.e. books, articles, and works, can be used only as an inspiration, help in writing an independent work. The same applies to projects prepared by our editorial team, because all copyrights remain with us, and all attempts to dispose of them would be legally ineffective. The idea of our website is to support students in the education process and to provide services compliant with the law. That is why we have repeatedly emphasized these principles in various of our publications.

Only writing work independently is a guarantee of peace and is the only honest act in this area.