Plagiarism Is Theft – But Of What?

It’s widely accepted that plagiarism is a bad thing. But why is this? What makes it wrong?

You might say that plagiarism is theft of intellectual property. To be sure, if I copy someone else’s work and publish it myself, I’d be in breach of copyright; I’d be pirating their material. However, I think that the legal issue of copyright and the moral problem of plagiarism are quite distinct. I could pirate your work without plagiarizing it, if I made it freely available but attributed it

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