Famous intellectual plagiarizers
Plagiarism had always been a hot topic in the society of scholarly advocates. This intellectual crime had always been part of the 'not to do list' formost people. Well, who would want to steal or be stolen from the unique ideas that a person has, right? As everyone knows, there are so many plagiarism checking services that would ensure that there are no issues of stolen intellectual property from anybody.
Even Internet sites , such as plagtracker.com, have been a part of the wide advocacy of preventing plagiarism, and respecting and giving proper credit to the person who owns the unique, intellectual work.
Although that being said, still, there are people who fail to submit to this rightful act of ‘not stealing the intellectual ideas of other people’. Even famous people had also been involved with this kind of intellectual crime.. According to C. H. Scarlett (2009), Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, and even George Harrison have committed this crime. According to the article, Helen Keller was accused of the crime when she was producing work for school when she was still young. Ever since then, she would review her work with the help of her friends before she would submit her work to prevent this crime happening again. As young as she had been at the time, she was able to prevent committing this intellectual crime again.
Martin Luther King, as noted in the same article by C. H. Scarlett (2009), had committed plagiarism on almost one-third of his doctoral thesis, as well as in his speech ‘I have a dream’, in which, according to Scarlett, , he used other people’s text without citing the rightful owners of these texts. To be able to track this intellectual crime, an investigation about academic misconduct was carried out at Boson University. This clearly demonstrates that there are so many plagiarism checking services, boards and committees that would detect this intellectual act sooner or later after submitting a plagiarized work.
Also according to C. H. Scarlett, George Harrison committed intellectual misconduct. As the article would relate, he was sued ‘successfully’ that he later wrote a song on this ‘bitter’ event. It was noted that Harrison plagiarized the Chiffons’ ‘He’s so fine’ so as to be used for his song ‘My sweet Lord’. Also, according to the article, Harrison even plagiarized himself, such that he used a seemingly identical introductory chord for the songs ‘I’m looking through you’ and ‘End of the line’ both for The Beatles and The Traveling Wilburys, respectively.
With just these three famous and world-renowned personalities, one may think of how easy it is to commit the crime, as well as how hard it is to face the shame and consequences that would eventually follow. No matter how famous you might be, if you are not careful with the way you use other people’s ideas such that you would seemingly own these intellectual properties, surely you’d be given due penalty for such a crime. Always remember that a crime is always a crime, and that there is no possible way that you could hide this crime for the longest of time. Always be reminded that with even the slightest bit of trying to plagiarize the work of other people, authorities would be able to track you down. Even networking sites such as plagtacker.com, and other sites with the same objective of tracking down this intellectual crime would come right behind your back.