Plagiarize This Paper

34 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2019 Last revised: 4 Aug 2020

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Brian L. Frye

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Date Written: October 1, 2019


Plagiarism is the ultimate academic crime. But why? This essay reflects on academic plagiarism norms and concludes that they are not only unjustified, but also pernicious. It argues that attribution should be voluntary, not mandatory.

Keywords: plagiarism, social norms, copyright

Suggested Citation

Frye, Brian L., Plagiarize This Paper (October 1, 2019). 60 IDEA: The IP Law Review 294 (2020), Available at SSRN:

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