Hmmm, interesting article this...
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0. Internet Plagiarism: Googling For An A (Or An F)
If you want to know how much the free safety on your
favorite NFL team makes, you can find it on the Internet.
If you want to have a high school marching band play at
your next event, you can find it on the Internet. If you
want to know what dot com guy is doing right now, you can
find it on the Internet. Actually, that last one's not true
any more -- dot com guy hung up his domain and went legit.
Point being, there's an unbelievable amount of information
floating around out there. For example, soon you will be
able to find every thesis and dissertation from every
Australian University on the Internet. The Australian
government just approved funding for the project and the
online database is expected to house 130,000 records and
will continue to grow as more students publish.
The flip side of so much information being readily
available is the temptation to copy, to co-opt, to borrow,
to steal. Teachers and professors have been waging war
against Internet plagiarism for years now. As more
information becomes available, the temptation grows and the
targets for intellectual graft multiply.
Fortunately, Google makes it just as easy to identify
plagiarism as to find the sources in the first place -- a
time consuming joust with windmills for both students and
faculty at all levels.
On the other side of the coin, protecting intellectual
property is a growing concern. Enter Copyscape -- just
paste in a URL and Copyscape finds other places your site
content appears, in whole or part. This makes it easy to
find out who's using your site content illicitly and who's
quoting you as a legitimate, attributed source.
Check it out for yourself: http://update.internetweek.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ejd10GOW4S0G4X0CnzU0An
Please accept my apologies for the errors in the previous
editor's note and thanks to those who took the time to send
me an e-mail. Note to self: more diligent copyediting.
Enjoy the weekend. Talk to you again on Monday.
Benjamin Tomkins, [log in to unmask]