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PLAGIARISM:What is Plagiarism & Why is it important?An act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author.The word plagiarism comes from a Latin word for kidnapping.You know that kidnapping is stealing a person.Well, plagiarism is stealing a person's ideas or writing.You wouldn't take someone's lunch money or bike, right?Well, someone's words and thoughts are personal property, too.What happens when you plagiarize?i) The original author can bring a lawsuit for appropriation of his/her work against the plagiarist and recover the profits.(Read section 6(1)(a) of the Copyright Act Cap C28 2004 OR http://www.nigeria-law.org/CopyrightAct.htm )ii) A person who plagiarizes is subject to being sued for fraud, copyright infringement, damages, or injunction if prior creation can be proved.iii)The ease of downloading and copying "untraceable" online information has led to an epidemic of digital plagiarism.Hence, plagiarism detection software now exists. The person who plagiarizes can be traced online. Anti-Plagiarism is an international software used for detecting plagiarism which can lead to international legal liability.iv)Criminal Sanctions that can get as far as a term of imprisonment(5 years)Most recent case of Plagiarism in Nigeria: Prof. Victor Dike sues CBN governor, Sandi Lamido Sanusi for plagiarism. #Enjoy your weekend#