When practicing self plagiarism, all plagiarism seems to not seem as bad. Both types of plagiarism are cheating. This type of cheating does not impact the learning institution, it only cheats the plagiarizer. The plagiarizer is cheated out of the opportunity to learn.
2. Ethically, is there a difference? Ethically there is no difference between self plagiarism and plagiarism. It is still going into a file or online to copy and paste without giving credit for a previous work. The lesson is not learned. Sometimes a good grade is not what happiness is all about. For example:
Virtue Ethics (Aristotle): Strive for happiness, to be as fully human as possible, balance between a painful excess of honesty and the vice of dishonesty. Alternative: just plain vice! Note from Dr. Beth Dixon, ‘The main question students should ask themselves is: What kind of person do I want to be? Since honesty is a virtue or state of character, to knowingly cheat or plagiarize is to diminish the moral character of oneself...or to fall short of a moral ideal.’ (Heller-Ross)
Does that A+ really feel good after plagiarizing part or all of the paper? Does a person really feel they accomplished something by these acts? It does not matter if it is self plagiarism or plagiarism, the guilt of not knowing the lesson should remain with a normal individual.
1. Why bother registering a copyright? A copyright should be filed to protect your intellectual property, whether a book, poem, music, software, and so forth. When a copyright is filed, this intellectual property becomes uniquely yours.
3. Was there anything that surprised you about the process? I was surprised that copyrights can now be achieved online. I was familiar with the mail in form for copyrights, but the online version looks easier.
5. If not, what types of works do you foresee creating that would make registration worth it? I can see