Monday, October 18, 2010

Just Say No to Plagiarism!

Plagiarism is just plain wrong! Copyright protections were developed to protect writers and their livelihoods. Stealing someone else's article in whole or in part is a form of theft. A while back, Peter Coates at Australia by the Indian Ocean had a blog posting plagiarized. Now, Gonzalo Lira had a recent post plagiarized by Cumberland Advisors. It doesn't matter whether the theft was large or small, it's wrong and unethical! I'm not condemning someone for lifting a sentence and using that in their blog or email. I am admonishing people for lifting whole paragraphs if not whole articles. It's not that difficult to give an attribution to the author or source when you reference someone else's writing and credit should be given where credit is due. We are not China yet! If you want to plagiarize, move to China where copyrights mean little.

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Thanks for the mention John.

Plagarism sucks. Blog writers (being a special breed) should have greater integrity than the many journalists who constantly regurgitate the paragraphs of wire services/new agencies.

Pete
 
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