This is in response to the opportunity provided to me to explain myself for the allegations put on me regarding ‘ The use of plagiarized images in my Visual Communication 371 project submission‘. Through this letter, I would like to explain my part of the story. I certainly agree to the fact that using intellectual property of someone else without referencing it is regarded as theft and is an offence as per the rules of the University. Someone who has worked hard on a particular project must get proper credit for the same and it is unethical to plagiarize. No one would want that someone else should steal his/her work.
However, when I first received the letter informing me about these allegations it was a huge shock and I was taken aback as my principles does not allow me to conduct such kind of practices. The image which I used in the project has been somehow taken from the internet but they are not directly used in the project which I submitted. The actual sequence of events was that I downloaded the images and then by using Photoshop software and by my own hands I drew the images. I took the help of my pro sketchpad as I am studying illustration. As an evidence I also have the original photoshoped images which were drawn by me and that would prove that the images which were used in the project were my own and not copied from the internet. I believe that the only reason why my work showed plagiarism could be because of the fact that some of the characters in my artwork are same to some images. I was also assigned a project in my illustration class in which I had to do a movie promotion art and in the same I referred some of the images from internet and after editing them on my sketchpad I used them. I also have the original documents for the same.