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So, personally I hate plagiarism as I think if a person is going to go on record as actually having something to say, they should have something to say that is actually theirs.
Most people seem not to know that plagiarism is actually a crime, punishable by time or by fees depending on the jurisdiction (and in academic settings at least usually results in being expelled from the school/college/university). When it's seen online it is no less a crime; I heartily recommend turning in people who are found to be passing off another's writing as their own to the original author if at all possible; it is incredibly easy to have such a site taken down when it can be proven that the words are stolen intellectual property.
Look at this gem; "written" by paganspace's own Pagan Heart: (Time stamped September 6th of this year, just last week)
And now see it in its original setting on it's real authors page:
How do you (if it has happened to you) or would you (if it has not to your knowledge) react if it turned out your work was being stolen and passed off as someone elses? What would you do? How would you feel?
All of it?
Wow, talk about a huge fine if the writer chooses to act.
Actually, they don't. That is an urban myth. They have certain copyright USE rights based on a person's decision to post to THEIR social networking platform. However, they do now OWN copyrighted material posted to ning.
Their document on copyright policy right here:
Ning strongly believes in the value of intellectual property and importance of protecting it. One of the ways that Ning helps intellectual property owners is to comply in all respects with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. As stated in our Terms of Service, Ning enforces its policy barring the upload of infringing material onto the Ning Service. We respect the rights of copyright owners and we ask that you do the same.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I UPLOAD MATERIALS TO NING WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO DO SO?
First of all, your Ning account can be terminated and you can be subject to a lawsuit from the copyright owner.
ISN’T THERE A DOCTRINE CALLED “FAIR USE”?
Yes, there is. The Fair Use doctrine is a limited defense to a claim of copyright infringement that is based on the premise that the public is entitled to make certain socially beneficial uses of copyrighted works, such as for education, commentary or criticism. However, there are no set rules about what this fair use is, so it is very challenging to determine whether a use is “fair” in advance. Unfortunately, this means that many disputes over which uses are fair ones will end up in court, and if it turns out your guess is wrong, you will be liable for potentially significant damages. Please consult the following resources to learn more:
I've had my writings re-published without permission and without attribution. I have also had quite few of my published photos reposted without mention of the photographer (myself)
In a couple cases where someone was doing so on a commercial site and they were making money, I stopped it... On informational sites I have sometimes let it go and sometimes asked for a link to be added. Only on the commercial site did it particularly annoy me. There is so much plagiarism online and most people who do so aren't malicious, just lazy.
Also, Can you have a site taken down without first asking that the copyright material be removed or attributed and/or paid for? I think this is necessary because there is no way to know if someone took the writing from the original site or if they found it at another site which took from the original and which had no copyright notice or attribution.