<<raises hand>> I have to tell you that I find it very irritating when someone does not site source when they plagiarize anotherís work. I call folks out on it when I see it, and yes at times it can be a simple matter of a forgotten link, or being unaware of the implication. Can you imagine working for years on a subject, just to have someone else come along and take credit for it? It is my honest opinion that here in topix-land, when you post something under your avatar you are in essence saying its your own words, unless you credit another.<quoted text>
I can address the plagarism and theif comments as the ignorance of the uneducated.
Plagarism is an academic policy and holds as much weight outside of academia as bad table manners.
As for the criminality of it, I suggest a good reading of the fair use clauses of the copyright laws.
All the bitchng about 'plagarizing theives' is just assinine babbling of the misinformed and under educated. It is just another stupid urban myth.
What Plagiarism Is:
Plagiarism is theft. Donít steal.
-End of Article.-
EDIT: Apparently thatís not the end of this article. My editors demand more content. Fine.
Plagiarism is taking another personís ideas Ė no matter the format: images, text, sculptures, anything Ė and then presenting them as your own by refusing to give the original source credit. Let me make this perfectly clear:
Any Source Ė online or offline
And format Ė text, images or anything else (Google image search? Totally counts.)
If you didnít make it, someone else did, and you are obligated to tell the reader who that was. If you present something to your readers without giving credit, the reader assumes you came up with it all on your own. Donít steal stuff, man!