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Plagiarism Update …

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Jim_Alexander, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. Jim_Alexander

    Jim_Alexander New Member

    Evidently, the blog Sports4Dorks truly lives down to its name, considering their idea of hard-hitting commentary is cut-and-paste.

    Here’s the original item:


    And here’s their version, a day later.


    I forwarded this to my sports editor, and I’m presuming it will be handled higher on our food chain.

    Anyone else having these kinds of problems? (Silly question, I know.)
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Theirs is a straight rip job, but I don't see that the original piece made it sound like they weren't friendly.

    Reads like they were friendly rivals.
  3. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Did I ever tell you guys the story of how Dean Singleton made me interview for my own job?
  4. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

    That's beyond plagiarism, just a straight cut and paste job. Might the sports dorks be so naive they don't know they're supposed to credit the source when they do that?
  5. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

  6. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Ok. They're idiots. I got that.
    But, I have problem with the motives of the thread and threads like this. Jim signs up, assembles a couple links to show he's been ripped off by a blogger and posts his first post.
    Waits for reaction.
    Waits for the lynch mob.

    We all have our crosses. I've been fucked so many times in this business I should've started charging long ago. That was the reason for my non sequitur-ish initial post.
  7. Jim_Alexander

    Jim_Alexander New Member

    No lynch mob intended, fishwrap. I just thought it was worth putting this out there, figuring that others on this board might have been ripped off, too.
  8. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Ok. Fair enough.
    (Could have clicked "SEARCH" too.)
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Do tell....
  10. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    If Satan had a bastard...
  11. lantaur

    lantaur Active Member

    Just guessing, but it looks like they are running a feed of your blog (among others) into theirs. Theirs is not original material, but an "aggregator" of sorts. I've seen this with other sites and message boards, and it sucks. Not sure what can be done, but maybe fire off a "cease and desist" letter.
  12. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    Safe bet. Anything more than a short excerpt and a link to the source should be grounds for lantaur's cease-and-desist suggestion.
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