Saturday, August 9, 2008

Link: Hey, isn't that mine?

Slate published an interesting story on Aug. 6 titled "Dude, You Stole My Article" by Jody Rosen.

Rosen found an obscene amount of plagiarized stories published in a Montgomery County, Texas-based alternative weekly. A reader e-mailed to her noting that a story in the Bulletin contained identical paragraphs to a profile Rosen wrote about Jimmy Buffet. She found many more examples of explicit stealing. Article links are provided for comparison.

The Web site for the Bulletin has since been taken down, the Slate wrote in a subsequent editor's note.

It's a good read, especially when you consider all the time Rosen spent finding questionable content.

The lesson is... with almost anything posted on the Internet just a couple button presses away, don't steal someone else's work and think you can get away with it.

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