Plagerizing!!!

Canada
March 27, 2008 5:11pm CST
I have noticed this alot and alot more. Some discussions I have read here on mylot have been plagerized word for word. I thought this was against the mylot rules. The do provide a link with this article though. My question is: 1. It's still plagerizing even though you post a link? 2. I thought posting a link in the discussion was forbidden? 3. How do these people get away with it all the time?
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• United States
28 Mar 08
The myLot guidelines lines under "dos" in posting discussions explicitly says "Make sure to post useful links in discussions when necessary to provide authoritative guidance or to refer to a third party article. " That gives credit to whomever actually wrote the article and thereby covering myLot and the poster from copyright infringement. The "fair use" exemption to (U.S.) copyright law was created to allow things such as commentary, parody, news reporting, research and education about copyrighted works without the permission of the author. Copyright isn't an iron-clad lock on what can be published. Indeed, by many arguments, by providing reward to authors, it encourages them to not just allow, but fund the publication and distribution of works so that they reach far more people than they would if they were free or unprotected -- and unpromoted. However, it must be remembered that copyright has two main purposes, namely the protection of the author's right to obtain commercial benefit from valuable work, and more recently the protection of the author's general right to control how a work is used.
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• United States
28 Mar 08
Exactly right!
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• United States
13 Jun 08
Of course, it's always courteous to post a link to the original article, so that others can read more. For many reasons, including copyright. You might say, "According to an article post here (give link), ....and then quote from the article. Most times, I don't post the original article. Instead, I post a summary of the article, excerpts and my commentary. And, then provide the link to the article. That allows me to put my opinon about the article first, before the reader gets to the article. Sometimes others see the original article differently than I do and will come back and say so. That's OK! It's a conversation. I think affiliate links are simply not allowed. I hope that info helps.
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
28 Mar 08
posting a link to an article you did not write is mandatory posting a link to as site that sells something is against mylot rules, copying an excerpt of an article with a link is not plagiarism, it is an excerpt, and that is allowable under copyright laws. posting the whole article without permission is plagiarism
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@amazon13 (69)
• United States
23 May 08
I am new to myLot, but when I leave a comment at someone's blog or write my entry on something that I have read somewhere else, I always include a link. I am not certain about all of the Fair Use Guidelines, but I know that it is wrong to copy verbatim someone else's work. With my second reply here at myLot, I tried to write the reply in Microsoft Word, then copy it to paste into the comment box. It would not allow the copy and paste option because I do not have over 500 posts. That has to cut down on some plagerism...lol....at least on the long articles.
• Canada
23 May 08
Thanks for the comment.