I have no idea if requisite permissions for any of these were taken; I don't believe any of these originals was credited in the respective films.
One journalist tells a second journalist about an incident he once wrote about. The second journalist promptly writes an article based on this incident. It reads as if it was his experience. He doesn't mention the first journalist. He doesn't do the journalistic basics like calling people involved in that incident to check the story.
A first-year college student gets an enormous contract to write a book. In the book, she uses dozens of passages from books by two other authors, passing them off as her writing. When, inevitably, she is found out, her first response is to say it happened "unconsciously."
Dozens of passages, "unconsciously."
We attend a concert held as part of one of the mushrooming city festivals. Several singers on the bill, belting out Bollywood and other songs with great gusto.
One is a woman with a somewhat coy manner between songs that gets mildly irritating after 5 seconds. But what's more irritating is that we very quickly realize she's lip-synching to recorded music, her own songs. This is obvious because frequently, the singing starts a split-second before she brings the mike up to her mouth, before she opens her mouth; or other disconnects like that.
But what really takes the cake is when, just before her last song, she announces: "Just one more song, OK? My voice is really tired after singing all these songs for you!"
In the audience, we splutter in disbelief. Then the slight disconnect again as the next lip-synched (lip-sunk? lip-sung?) song begins.
So what is plagiarism and dishonesty, really? What does it mean, really?