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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 pointerstop.ca>
>> Michael wrote:
>> > Derek Broughton wrote:
>> >> Michael wrote:
>> >>> /Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This
>> >>> may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed./
>> >> Does it make it alright to reprint copyrighted material if you post
>> >> 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
>> 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
> 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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