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Plagiarism is a difficult subject, because I think sometimes we might do it without really knowing it. Yes, most of the times it’s done with knowledge and I don’t have anything good to say about those people, but I think we can be influenced without realizing it.
To make sure that you don’t fall in those traps:-Whenever you post a picture, always link back to the owner. Even better: ask permission from the maker. Try looking for website with free stock pictures/pictures for free commercial use. Can someone help me out: if I want to post a picture from 9gag, can I use this without problems? Because it’s so hard to find the maker.
-Don’t read reviews for the book you are currently reviewing. It’s okay to read them after reviewing or long time before, but it’s easy to get influenced by someone's use of words or sentences. You might not realize that you are using similar words, but it’s still plagiarism. It’s okay to quote them as long as you link back to the original review.
-If you come up with something after seeing it on another blog: link back! Tell them you are inspired by X blogger and you could always contact the blogger about your idea.
-If you are part of a meme, link back to the creators of the meme and the header.
It’s NOT okay to steal ideas.
It’s NOT good to use someone’s words and reviews. You are blogging because it’s fun. Using someone’s opinion is pathetic and it makes me wonder why you started your blog in the first place.
I’ve never had to deal with plagiarism (so far, I believe) and I hope I don’t have to go through it ever. It must feel horrible to know that someone else is using your stuff!
Other ethics you should keep in mind:-You should never expect to receive review books. You aren’t blogging for the free books and the ARC’s. I’ve seen someone complaining about a certain publisher who stated that they weren’t sending ARC’s to bloggers; don’t be so arrogant.
-Selling/buying ARC’s is forbidden. I’m a bit torn on the whole ARC-lending, but selling is definitely a no-go!
-Be kind to your followers. Give them comment love back and reply to them on your blog. I know that it can cost quite some time, but they invested time in your blog too.