"Originality is the aspect of created or invented works by as being new or novel, and thus can be distinguished from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works. An original work is one not received from others nor one copied based on the work of others. The term "originality" is often applied as a compliment to the creativity of artists, writers, and thinkers."
"Originality has become an important legal concept with respect to intellectual property, where creativity and invention have manifest as copyrightable works."

Originality, or something original, is a virtue that is important to many people. For example, sometimes people lack originality due to a time constraint, and have little or no time to stop and think if somebody has said what they have said or created what they have created before. If you have a large group of people, you get extreme repetitiveness and a final product that is uninteresting to look at.
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Sometimes when there is one piece that is interesting to many people, they usually have the same ideas. But unfortunatley in some cases, the people create the same thing and unknowingly (or uncaringly) copy another person's work. Due to this, many Wikispaces, Wikias, and media in general have been overposted with the same pictures, exact same data, and same hyperlinks and connections that you learn more about decoding a webpage then you learn actually trying to read the jumbled text.

Contrary to popular belief, being original can be a good thing. Thinking for yourself instead of just doing what everybody else is doing because you do not care about the work they have done is not a good thing.