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Is this plagiarism? Raquel has to do a PowerPoint presentation for her class. She...

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joellle | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM via web

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Is this plagiarism? Raquel has to do a PowerPoint presentation for her class. She finds really beautiful photographs on a website,  so she copies and pastes them into her PowerPoint.  If this is plagarised, what should be done to fix the problem?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM (Answer #1)

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In this circumstance, what Raquel is doing would not be considered plagiarism.  Depending on where she got the picture, it might well be a violation of copyright, but it is not plagiarism.

Plagiarism occurs when you take someone else’s ideas and you pass them off as your own.  That is not what is happening here.  When people look at a PowerPoint, they do not expect that the pictures that are up on that presentation are the work of the person giving the presentation.  At least, if those pictures are only there to illustrate the main point of the presentation they will not.  If the PowerPoint were supposed to be of one’s own photographs or something like that, it would be plagiarism.  However, if Raquel is just putting some pictures in to liven up her presentation, it is not.  She is not passing the pictures off as her own.  Moreover, the pictures are not really ideas.

It may well be that Raquel has committed a copyright violation.  She may have used a picture without the consent of the person who owns the copyright on that picture.  But she has not committed plagiarism.

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