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Do You Think Rewriting Content Is Plagiarism?

Discussion in 'Copywriting' started by amanstyle, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. #1
    I was confused about rewriting content. Do you think rewriting is considered as plagiarism?
    amanstyle, Feb 5, 2013 IP
  2. actnews

    actnews Active Member

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    I think yes, it's just the same ideas and informations with different words, content that someone else put his creativity and knowledge on it.
    actnews, Feb 5, 2013 IP
  3. Spoiltdiva

    Spoiltdiva Notable Member

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    It's essentially taking someone elses ideas and putting your own spin on it. If that isn't plagiarism then tell me what is?
    Spoiltdiva, Feb 5, 2013 IP
  4. TextServices

    TextServices Active Member

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    #4

    The definition of plagiarism is:

    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 - dictionary.com

    What does that mean to you?


    It is possible to say the same thing multiple ways without plagiarizing others work. A person needs to have a complete understanding of the material they read and the ability to take what they read and present the information in their own thoughts and style. (It's not always as easy as it may seem.) How the person comprehended what they read. How good they are at articulating what they read. Their own interpretation of the material.
    You can keep the same format and tone as the original work, but the information, the content itself, needs to be in the authors own words. Adding/deleting sentences, substituting words with synonyms, re-arranging sentences or entire paragraphs and the likes, doesn't cut it.
    TextServices, Feb 5, 2013 IP
  5. YMC

    YMC Well-Known Member

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    #5
    In a word, yes.
    YMC, Feb 5, 2013 IP
  6. PassGoSEO

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    Creating 'derivative works' is mostly against copyright laws.
    PassGoSEO, Feb 6, 2013 IP
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    wcompton38 Greenhorn

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    I have heard this question asked a million times and I have the same answer. You can't just openly copy the work of another writer. I have used other articles to get an idea for an article of my own, but I don't copy the other article.
    wcompton38, Feb 6, 2013 IP
  8. guzie

    guzie Active Member

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    This is a pretty easy answer. Read whatever interests you. Come up with your own conclusion. Make it your own voice, and personality. Think your high school thesis or English work. Did you actually copy it or did you come up with your own ideas and conclusions? If not your teacher probably gave you a failing grade or close to it. So, if you rewrite an article and just replace some words here and there it is plagiarism.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013
    guzie, Feb 6, 2013 IP
  9. reaz.theprince

    reaz.theprince Banned

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    #9
    really agree with above answers...
    reaz.theprince, Feb 6, 2013 IP
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    Andrew Futcher Active Member

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    Yes, and Google is pretty much on-top of spun articles too, so you have nothing to gain by rewriting someone else work...

    But (there always is a but - no rule is absolute)...
    The world connected as it is today, billions of minds sharing information all day! One could argue that there are very few actual new ideas out there, so it has all been said already somewhere; the trick is compiling the knowledge learnt more effectively than the next writer, as long as you say it in your own words.
    Andrew Futcher, Feb 6, 2013 IP
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  11. PassGoSEO

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    Now this is a good post. Well said, young man!
    PassGoSEO, Feb 6, 2013 IP
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    omarabid Active Member

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    Kind of. But depend on what rewriting is. It's possible that you are re-writing news (taking news from one source and publishing it on your site). I don't think it's Plagiarism. On the other hand, spinning content for SEO sake is definitively a bad practice.
    omarabid, Feb 6, 2013 IP
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    lokeshthegeek Active Member

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    If you talk in terms of Google, it is not. Because if the rewriting is done well, you need not worry about any copyright issues. However, it may not drive high traffic to your blog or site.
    lokeshthegeek, Feb 7, 2013 IP
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    #14
    Not agree with who said that rewriting got Plagiarism as well with who said that rewriting and spun of articles are same

    Both are diff.

    Spinning involves changing words to produce several variations. Spinners only replace words with words that mean the same things. If left up to a "spinner" or automated tool then it could be a crap shoot. It Unreadable or doesn't make sense. spinned articles, may have spelling and grammar issues..where spinning is simply find and replacing few specific words with their synonyms.

    Manually Rewriting an article that person will rewrite the whole sentence. You have to permanently change the words with rewriting . its writing again, more of rephrasing and edit the existing article. The main theme of the article is basically the same but you present it in a different way.

    So, in case of spinning you'll get some % as a Plagiarism but nor in manually rewriting. As my opinion,

    Thanks
    contentexpress, Feb 7, 2013 IP
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    If you just 'rewrite' someone else's material, no matter how you do it, you've created a derivative work. That is illegal in most civilised countries, because it infringes their copyright, and you could face jail time if convicted. You couldn't, for example, create a Book called 'The Small Hobbitty Person', about 'Dildo Boggins, and the 'Magician Grandelf,' who travel to 'The Isolated Mountain' to face the 'Fire Lizard' known as 'Smoge'.

    However, if you use the ideas expressed in someone's material as only a small part of a new article you're writing, that is, as the other poster mentioned, how new stuff gets written.
    PassGoSEO, Feb 7, 2013 IP
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    No im disagree with you.

    lets try with 1 article .. Do rewrite them as manually and other hand you'll spin with that software . you'll get the answer of it. its not about the use the ideas expressed in someone's material its about the question that think rewriting is considered as plagiarism?

    Answer is NO. its not.

    As well rewriting and spinning both are different.
    contentexpress, Feb 7, 2013 IP
  17. PassGoSEO

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    You can disagree all you like. It doesn't change the Law.

    So if, for example, you were to republish that sentence as:

    You are able to be in disagreement everything you like. I does not modify the Rules.

    (which is what even a 'good' automated spinner would do), then that is clearly plagiarism.

    If you were to create a derivative sentence embodying the idea expressed in the sentence (eg 'The law doesn't care how much you agree with it') as part of a larger work, you'd probably get away with it.

    You should probably go look up the definition of plagiarism, and derivative works, because frankly, neither your opinion or mine matter a damn.
    PassGoSEO, Feb 7, 2013 IP
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    Rewriting and spinning are indeed different. With one you usually get something readable with the other you usually get gibberish. However, both involve taking someone else's work and using it for your own personal gain. That is copyright infringement. Period, end of story.

    Being able to get past Google or Copyscape does not change the fact that the material is plagiarized.

    Changing the colors on a copyrighted photograph doesn't negate the original copyright any more than changing the words around in someone's article negates their's. Try that trick with a Getty image and see how well that works for ya.

    For crying out loud. This is supposed to be a professional writers forum. Quit being a thief and write your own damn stuff.
    YMC, Feb 7, 2013 IP
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    so that's mean most of news websites are plagiarism :)
    adinugroho, Feb 7, 2013 IP
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