Derek Broughton news at
Wed Apr 30 01:11:14 UTC 2008

J. Michael Morse wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 9:09 AM, Derek Broughton <news at>
> wrote:
>> Michael wrote:
>>  > Derek Broughton wrote:
>>  >> Michael wrote:
>>  >>
>>  >>
>>  >>> /Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This
> material
>>  >>> may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed./
>>  >>>
>>  >>
>>  >> Does it make it alright to reprint copyrighted material if you post
> the
>>  >> copyright notice that proves you stole it?
>>  >>
>>  > It is called citing your source.  ;)
>>  No, it's called plagiarism.  Fair use does NOT include stealing the
>>  whole
>>  article.  Just provide a URL and a summary.
> If I were writing a term paper, I would agree.  And even then, it still
> wouldn't be plagiarism.  Plagiarism is the intentional use of work that is
> not your own and claiming that it is.  No doubt, the professor would echo
> what you have just said - *summarize* and then cite the source.  So,
> I* am*guilty of improper citation.  However, there is a world of
> difference
> between stealing (plagiarism) and improper citation.
> Needless to say, I won't be losing any sleep wondering if lawyers for Fox
> News will be banging on my door.  ;)

Perhaps not, but I find it distressing - and blame OSS for part of it - that
people consider it perfectly alright to steal somebody else's intellectual
property without a second thought.  What you did is theft.  Citing it
doesn't make it right.  Unfortunately, we're all so used to freely sharing
software and documentation - legally - that many people can't differentiate
between what they can copy and what they can't.

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