You might wonder how I decided to write an article on plagiarism.
We have a fabulous postgraduate film degree here at Raindance. It's probably the most unique and flexible of any film degree programme anywhere. We've developed this painstakingly with our education partners at Staffordshire University.
Revolutionary or not, our postgraduate film degree must still meet stringent university education guidelines. This led me to unplag.com - a website for educators . Unplag.com has an app for detecting plagiarism. I was very curious. I've just this month had a competitor who has taken one of our exciting new courses and claimed it to be their own. Sure enough, the plagiarism app confirmed the truth. Most of their web page had been copied from ours. Kerching.
Unplag.com has an excellent website on the different types of plagiarism. While much has to do with academia I thought there were several points of relevance to screenwriters. For example, in the writing courses I teach I am constantly amazed how often the same idea is rehashed and rehashed. Unplag.com calls this 'self-plagiarism'.
So, fasten your seatbelt and have a quick scan down the page to see if any of the 9 'circles' of plagiarism strike an accord. Once alerted, you can now avoid!