There is no question about the fact that plagiarism has become a widespread problem not only in an educational capacity, but also outside of it. There are so many industries where plagiarism is widespread and prevalent; there have been so many famous people who have been implicated of plagiarism. Careers have been destroyed and labels have been given. You have to understand that once you make plagiarism a habit, you are indeed travelling on a highway straight to career suicide.
You Kidnapper! *gasp*
The word plagiarism is found in almost every language and its early meanings are stealing as well as even kidnapping. Think about it. I know the word kidnapping is an exaggeration of what we are discussing here. But consider this: the content you steal is someone else’s baby and while it is with you in its original form, it is still someone else’s baby. That technically makes you a kidnapper.