In this age of content creation, sharing, and re-posting, it’s more important than ever to ensure we don’t take someone else’s work and pass it off as our own. Keep in mind: stealing words differs from stealing ideas. Taking someone’s idea and improving on it or giving it your own touch is accepted by many these days as part of the innovation process. But just don’t use their words—that’s plagiarism.
There are no legal implications to plagiarizing someone’s work, except maybe for copyright infringement, but it does make you lazy and unoriginal. Oh, and you could lose your job and everything you’ve worked for.
There is a very fine line between plagiarism and “stealing like an artist.” So, to master this art of creative tight rope walking, always make sure to give credit where credit is due when building upon the ideas of others.
Meredith Moon, Copywriter