I came across a post on a site called Notes From Hacksville that reproduced in its entirety this article from the Irish Times. Looking more closely, I noticed that they had also reproduced this article in full. And then I noticed a copy of this one.
Impressed, I left a comment congratulating the site’s owners on getting permission to re-publish the article in full, and asking them how they managed to get this concession from the Irish Times.
They deleted my comment.
It seems to me that if bloggers are complaining about newspapers stealing our material, we should also be shouting our heads off when bloggers steal material from others, so I’ll ask you straight: do you think Notes From Hacksville has plagiarised the Irish Times or not?
Is it enough to publish a link and an acknowledgement when lifting the entire text of somebody’s work?
I don’t think so and if they did it to me I’d be very angry indeed.
Here’s an interesting list from Plagiarism.org
All of the following are considered plagiarism:
- turning in someone else’s work as your own
- copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
- failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
- giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
- changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
- copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not
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