Plagiarism a crime?

Is Plagiarism a crime?

Wikipedia defines Plagiarism as the "wrongful appropriation" and "purloining and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions," and the representation of them as one's own original work The idea remains problematic with unclear definitions and unclear rules. The modern concept of plagiarism as immoral and originality as an ideal emerged in Europe only in the 18th century, particularly with the Romantic movement.

Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics. It is subject to sanctions like expulsion.

Plagiarism is not a crime per se but in academia and industry it is a serious ethical offense and cases of plagiarism can constitute copyright infringement.

Recent incident of Plagiarism involving a Filipino

Mark Joseph Solis, “a 22-year-old student of the University of the Philippines and an amateur photographer, bested 30 pre-qualified contestants selected from about 500 entries from around the country in the 2nd Calidad Humana National Essay Photography Competition hosted by the Chilean embassy on the occasion of Chile’s 203rd year of independence.”

The article also said the photo was taken in 2012 after the boy’s house “was badly damaged by Typhoon Lawin.”

Solis won $1,000 and a round-trip ticket to Brazil and Chile with accommodations for the photo.

News via, Image via Gregory John Smith Facebook

The real owner of the winning entry

Gregory John Smith posted on his Facebook that the photo was his.
- WOW! There is really no limit to people's abuse of others in this world. This is one of my photographs that just won first prize in a contest that I never entered.
Well, I could certainly make good use of that prize money and the travel prize too, as I plan a trip to the Phipippines at the beginning of next year with two of my Jovens Guerreiros - Young Warriors Brazil to visit Young warriors programme in the Philippines. I wonder what their Jury will say now?
- WOW! Não há realmente nenhum limite do abuso das pessoas neste mundo. Esta é uma das minhas fotografias que acabou de ganhar o primeiro prêmio em um concurso que nunca entrei.
Bem, eu certamente poderia fazer bom uso desse prêmio, também o prêmio de viagem, como tenho planejado uma viagem para os Phipippines no início do próximo ano, com dois dos meus Jovens Guerreiros do Brasil, para visitar o programa Jovens Guerreiros no Filipinas. Gostaria de saber o que o Júri vai dizer agora?

The entry has the following information:

Photographer: Mark Joseph Tajo Solis
1. Uses or Benefits of Water and Related Resources
Keywords: Seaweed Farming
Location: Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu
Country: India

Image via

Highlights of the Photo Contest  via ICIMOD Digital Photos

Cash prizes of USD 1,000, 800, and 600 for the top 3 photos along with certificates

3 'people's choice' prizes: USD 200 for the most 'liked' photo in each category along with a certificate

27 Honorable Mentions along with certificates

View Gregory John Smith Facebook. Letter of apology from Mark Solis.

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