The moral and ethical issue the main character faced in the movie ‘The Words’

Related to the movie ‘The Words’, discuss the moral and ethical issue the main character faced. Also, talk about current day situations where plagiarism, dishonesty or stretching the truth came into play. Why do people take short cuts and risk their reputations and ruin their lives and the lives of others? How could the situation have been prevented, and finally what the fallout was there and what, if any, were the moral and ethical implications?