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Sure, you and I would never take someone else’s writing and pretend it was our own. But not all plagiarism is deliberate. It can be surprisingly easy to steal someone else’s words by accident.

Plagiarism scandals have caught up leaders ranging from presidential candidates to university officials. They’ve derailed campaigns and ended careers. Here’s how to keep that from happening to you — by making sure your words, really are your words.


Care to jog your memory? Here’s the background on Joe Biden‘s and Melania Trump‘s plagiarism issues.

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Music: All music is by Lee Rosevere. The theme music is “Twitter Will Kill Us All.” Used under a Creative Commons license.

Photo: Hand modelling, photography and keyboard in desperate need of cleaning are all me.