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Apr 05, 2009 12:28 pmContent Theft#

Kathy Buck
If your posting resourceful and thoughtful information for members to chew on, please make sure if using others work to give proper credit.

A member was recently removed & banned from this network for Plaigerizing the works of offered content from another networking site. I'm not going to blast the links as proof. This is the third time I have sourced offered content to discussion threads on LinkedIn. The person removed copied posts word for word and presented on their blog as their work.

Members on networking formats post and respond to topics to be resources, the names and business signatures included for that very reason. When a person "lurks" and steals offered content by others it is Plagiarism.

Plagiarism is the use or close imitation of the language and ideas of another author and representation of them as one's own original work.

If the actions of removal seem harsh, let me ask this: How would you like your contributions copied word for word and used by another as their work?

Networking is about building relationships. How do you build anything with one who may steal your work?

Nuff said.

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Apr 05, 2009 3:25 pmre: Content Theft#

Ashish Belagali
I agree with your viewpoint wholeheartedly. This issue had come up on this network before and I had appreciated your tough stand in this issue.

Any theft is horrible. Just half an hour ago my wife's cell got stolen. The wound is still fresh. :-(

/Ashish

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Apr 05, 2009 3:51 pmre: re: Content Theft#

Scott Wolpow
The people who do that try and appear to be experts. Sadly it hurts the real pros when they fail in their job.

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Apr 05, 2009 5:01 pmre: re: re: Content Theft#

Kathy Buck
Indeed Scott - when when one poses as an expert on so many topics but cannot even muster up any original thoughts, it makes the genuine seem suspect.

Listen, I've done it - I've read an article and got inspired to write on the same issue and I've used phrases and the very idea. It is a rare oversight when I do not quote a source.

To sit on networking sites and take discussions offered by professionals and post word for word on ones business blog as their own work has to be the lowest of unethical tactics I've seen from any business person online to date.

I just noticed another post with copy taken directly from USA Today. Gotta wonder what their reaction would be? for a biggie like that, it's probably not just plagiarism, probably also copyright infringement.

I'm not around as much as I used to be, I do though read topics. I am also a member of LinkedIn group(s) where copy taken from and when i read the post here I noticed the copy seemed familiar. I do not "police" the forum seeking issues.

Moving Onward

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Apr 05, 2009 8:44 pmre: re: re: re: Content Theft#

Tim Southernwood
Hi Kathy,

Great to hear from you!!

Unfortunately I was involved in the discovery of a plagiarist of proportions that boggled even my imagination.
Through an innocent and curious search because the phrasing of an article presented didn't seem to be true to the source..I did a simple Google seek, and word for word found the original article and author.

Another search from another piece, and another original article and so on.... and as I collected images of the original and copied posts it totaled over 15 megs of info!

Sadly, this information was posted and CLAIMED by the plagiarist with the sole intent and purpose to elevate themselves in the eyes of an entire community, and to influence people to join their marketing interests.

As this person held a position of responsibility with a "company" I was associated with, we had to act decisively and swiftly, but it was likely the most difficult exercise I've engaged in for quite some time.

Amazingly, the scene became little more than a denial and scream fest, and we were left no choice but to expell the person. Funny enough.. although the charges were denied..all mentioned posts were summarily deleted.
I could only surmise acceptance that the truth had been discovered and attempts made to erase the tracks.

However, as we should all understand, that simple deletion did not remove forever from the collective memory of the internet..that a crime was committed. Publish anything online and it is there for all time as a record of your activity.

Be careful what you choose history to record about your business activities ;-)

Tim Southernwood
http://blognetawards.com

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Apr 05, 2009 10:03 pmre: re: re: re: re: Content Theft#

Murray Farrell
I am a member of a social networking site here in Australia and we had a contributor who supplied great movie reviews for us to read. He is an Aussie who lived in the USA for over 20 years and claimed to have helped set up a cable TV company in Hollywood many years ago etc and that he was also a script writer.

And then someone started Googling the text he was publishing. (I did it too for my own interest afterwards.) Well it was cut and paste from the Newyorker and many other online resources - directly into his own movie page. Turns out the guy was a fraud in more ways than one. The best thing that happened was he was banned immediately. Further searching revealed a sordid past of fraudulent military history as a Vietnam Vet. and on it goes.... Now he is passing himself off as a Doctor. (Hopefully only as a PhD.)



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Apr 06, 2009 12:16 amre: re: re: Content Theft#

Reg Charie
Content theft is rampant.
Not only in the "private" or small business sector but it has caused the collapse of full grown newspapers as well.

In an article on content theft, Gordy Thompson, manger of the internet services at the NY Times wrote about content theft, “When a 14 year old kid can blow up your business in his spare time, not because he hates you but because he loves you, then you got a problem.”

http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable/

Even those that think they are "helping" by giving the source publicity can hurt.



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Apr 06, 2009 1:17 amre: re: re: re: Content Theft#

Lindy Asimus
In Australia we have a show on the national broadcaster that is on this very thing. Media Watch does just that and the findings are very interesting.


Lindy

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