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2.03.2005
:: Virtual Theft ::
The technology that allows us to copy-and-paste with ease is also making intellectual property theft the norm.

It started in Kuro.ph when one user noted that certain posts were lifted verbatim from The Radical Chef without citing the author. A number of other posts followed, including this one from 3bbb: "pag visit mo mag-post ka na rin para hindi nako-kopya!"

I had to react...
That's not the point. The point is that some members of kuro.ph lifted text from another site and posted it verbatim here without citing their sources. It is not the responsibility of conniev, or any other author for that matter, to go search every single page on the net and check whether their words, pictures, or any other work is being used elsewhere. That is an impossible task. It is the responsibility of those who "borrow" these things to give due credit to the author... and that's just the least you can do.

On to specifics... conniev has posted on The Radical Chef a Creative Commons License. Under this license, others are free "to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work" as long as they "give the original author credit." Attribution - a simple acknowledgement of the fact that somebody else came up with the recipe - that was all that was needed to prevent this whole mess. A simple note saying "originally posted on _____" probably would have been fine... but no. There simply was no acknowledgement. Now, unfortunately, it is a case of intellectual property theft.

Now, I leave it up to the board moderators to figure out what to do. Me, I'm just voicing out my opinion... that's what these boards are for, right?
What's your opinion?

comments: 3 | add yours
I agree. To point out, even if it's sheer ignorance or stupidity, they plagiarized, IF PROVEN.

by Blogger "J" @ 13:31  
That's why I took all those screenshots--because I know it will all come down to the question of proof.

by Blogger Sassy Lawyer @ 15:30  
J: I saw for myself that the posts were copied verbatim Sassy's site, so for me, it has been proven. On ignorance and stupidity... you're right. Ignorance of the law does not exempt one from prosecution should one violate the said law. It is a mitigating circumstance, but it still does not change the fact.

Sassy: I've noticed that some action has been taken by the moderators of the said forum. I don't believe they've done enough to rectify the situation, but I do hope you appreciate at least the effort made by the board moderators to remove suspect posts.

by Blogger drivebyshooter @ 23:55