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Robin Good's insight:
"Plagiarism is a firing offense. Don't: a) lift passages from other sources without attribution and link..." This is what read the first slide of a presentation deck published a few days back by Steve Buttry which goes on to list all of the situations where it's possible to run the risk of being accused of plagiarism,.
The presentation is an outline of tips for online journalists who have to deal daily with adding link references, providing credit and attribution and avoiding being accused of plagiarism.
Good advice not to be taken lightly.
Original slide deck: http://www.slideshare.net/stevebuttry/attribution-workshop
"The Blurry Line Between Plagiarism and Credit Attribution"
Robin Good's insight:
Mathew Ingram reports on PaidContent.org about the blurry line existing between plagiarism and credit attribution when it comes to curating content.
He pinpoints the core issue perfectly: "The problem is that while adding hyperlinks is a great way of avoiding a charge of plagiarism — something that might have helped Fox News opinion writer Juan Williams and other alleged plagiarists — there is no accepted protocol for how or where to add those links, or how much content someone can cut and paste into their story or blog post without crossing the line from borrowing into plagiarism or copyright infringement."
And he also correctly notes:
"This is also the root of the controversy over what some call the “over-aggregation” by sites like The Huffington Post and Business Insider, where large chunks of stories from other sites — and in some cases, the entire story or post — is published, along with a “via” link somewhere at the bottom of the post. Other blogs, including The Verge and Engadget, have been criticized in the past for burying links to the original source of the content they reproduce, to try and disguise what they have borrowed."
"So it seems that when it comes to making use of someone else’s content, linking as a way of providing attribution and credit is enough — except when it isn’t."
Informative. Resourceful. 7/10
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