Plagiarism

A victimless crime?
While we all crave exposure
One misquote may damage
Hard-won reputation

Some treacherous friend
Being tempted to borrow
Takes more than their share
Of a direct quotation

And fringes of Property
Law have been parted
The ingress unwelcome
Or even unknown; see

The date-rape distinction:
Consent – was it given?
By author or agent?
If not – Oops! That’s blown!

For all you’ve acknowledged
Original sources
You’ve copied and pasted
What was not your own

If you’re lucky, a tap
On the wrist and it’s sorted
Resist and be damned
‘Tis The Law, don’t you know?

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