Question about plagiarsm
May 22, 2009 9:28am CST
Dear all, I would like to ask a couple of questions regarding plagiarism or 'copycat'. Read on... 1. Can we take an article, say from some press release website (like CNN and such) and post it in our blog/website? But the article posted will include the name of its original author and also the original source. 2. Let's say we post a song lyric in our blog/website. Can we also post a picture of the singer? The picture may be taken from any various websites. Is this also called plagiarism? So far, this is the only questions I can think off right now. Hope to get an honest reply....!
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22 May 09
What you mention has nothing to do with plagiarism at all. In my opinion they are just a kind of quotation because the materials (either articles, pictures or song lyrics) are there with the sources. To define what plagiarism is, I suggest you first check the dictionary and you can then make a conclusion. So you don't need to hesitate to do it if this is what you plan to do. Cheers.
22 May 09
i think the best way we could avoid plagiarism is to ask permission from the original author of the article. but you can just quote a passage from that article but you should also give credits to the original author, just state the author or the website where you got the passage. because i think plagiarism is a criminal offense.
23 May 09
neoplanet9, IMHO, it would be plagiarism if you just reproduce the whole article or music lyrics, period. However, as some of the earlier responses had pointed out that it would not be if you had seek prior consent from the author, host, publisher or composer respectively. However, I must add this point to you here about articles that are of common knowledge, you should first of all be able to discern if the article you are using is common knowledge. I do not think if you have written something familiar to a published article, you will not be at fault if you had taken the trouble to check for authenticity. Even if what you have posted may literally have every word of the original article, I am sure you can circumvent this grey area by quoting the original article in parts with footnote acknowledgments as a citation and adding you comments, life experiences, experiments, observations and etc.. I am sure the end results may sometime appear similar however, the styles and presentation of perspectives will always be different. Just be meticulous and I am pretty confident you will not fall into this error. You may want to read up with the references I have for you at the bottom. Have a nice day. Reference: Avoiding plagiarism http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/ Avoiding Cut and Paste Plagiarism with Citations http://tlt.its.psu.edu/plagiarism/tutorial/cutpaste/
22 May 09
Every article has a copyright. Some appear with exclusive rights, or say "all rights reserved", so you cannot legally reproduce them on your blog. What you can do is quote a passage from an article, making it clear who has written it (or put "According to an article at CNN...") and giving a link to the full article. You can write your own post about what you have read in an article, with a link to the original article. What you must not do is rewrite it and claim it as your own work - that is plagiarism. All pictures have a copyright, but some stock photos have creative commons licence that allows them be reproduced for free, usually with an acknowledgement. You should really seek permission to reproduce song lyrics. You can quote them and provide a link to an official site where the lyrics appear.
22 May 09
I think it's not.. as it's a news or broadcast, you can post it to your blog or webiste but make sure to make credit of the original author of that.. Also make a statement before the original article where it came from (whatever company is it).. Like most TV stations do when they require a copy of a video clip, they acknowledge the source of it.. So there is no problem with that, make sure that the photo you're going to use is not copyrighted... It should be fine..