Against Plagiarism - Being Original

8/02/2008 02:29:00 AM

Do you every copied in your exams?
Did you take notes from your friends and distributed in your class tagging it as your own work?
whats your thought on music inspirations?
While Anu Malik is infamous for his copying act, why A R Rahman doesn't give credit to Central India's local musicians for his mangal pandey title track act?
How do you handle software copying?
does it bother you if some-one copy your blog content and publish it with out your consent?
how do you handle plagiarism?


Inspiration is a nice name been given to copying, but thats no wrong either, if You like someone's work, you can always take inspirations from it. its a learning process. but whats' important is that you acknowledge the same.

I believe in being original, that doesn't mean, while I write heavy software codes, I dont copy, I do, from my own or from the net but with-in the laws and the limitations the source has specified. Some of the pics used in this blog, on the side bars, or in the posts are been taken from Internet, and the sources have been specified. Infact I feel, adding links draws more traffic to your content. e.g. one of my post "templum" has the most number of google hits till date. reason the place I dint have the pics of, I added direct links to website of its source. and in places possible I did highlight the url as well.

Yesterday I thought of checking Copyscape, and I found this gentleman/woman, took my July post Fortune Kookies as it is, and re-published on his/her blog (snippet) with out even asking me for it. I left a comment on the post giving a tiny little lecture on copyright laws and asking to remove the post immediately. So before I could make some bucks sueing the person, I verified, he/she has removed it from the blog. and I could only find it in cached pages of Copyscape. and I could see the learning from the steps I took against him since In his/her new post, the source of the content was well mentioned.

Such incident happens often on networld. specially after the introduction to blogging, which is pretty easy, straightword and sort of free entry to the cyber-space. I think we should all put our little extra effort in cross-verifying our work and protect it. Since we have all right to do so. I give a thums-up to Copyscape folks for their efforts in preventing plagiarism. really appreciated.

Web Publishing is a healthy medium to be used to maintain healthy communication and to reach masses. blogging is no fun. its serious business. If you don't believe what you log! please do not log it. there are lot of young age bloggers, who just start blogging out of boredom and just to make quick money through ads. all I'd request to all netizens, is to
Be Original.

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25 comments

  1. in this world of copycat's, originality is a rare gem

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  2. often everybody complains about copyin things...but can somebody actually copy your thoughts?
    ..??..
    ?

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  3. @ psycho.. true.. good thing is that it exists.

    @vatsal..havnt' ur heard bout mind reading? a lot time it happens that lot of people get same thought/idea at the same time..its all in the air you know..

    thx folks for commentin..keep visitin..

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  4. :-)...does that mean that person has copied your idea...
    neways chill...keep blogging
    i have my copyright too and I also take measures against plagiarism as i m into creative business and my each paintin is commercial so
    :-)...you rite real good stuff ...keep writing I wish you get real bright future ahead.

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  5. AAh! thank you.

    So you paint? well.. i must admit I too can paint and draw lines nicely..but but but.. only inspirational.. :)
    what i see is what i draw :) copycat..

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  6. creativity is all about hiding the source of your inspiration--Albert Einstein.
    Affirnative with what u hve written and happy (& surprised) to know that the "copyspace" works---the first timei have come across a testimonial for the same!

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  7. oh i agree!!. one of my classmates stole a poem from my blog to impress a cute senior.. i nvr forgave him for tht :( bt i guess it happens.. have yo live with it!!

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  8. @ranjeet
    thx.will do sometime for sure..

    @anusha..
    yup.. it does. i used to live with it.. with my classmate/friend.. now i dont.. :)

    @abhay
    yup it does .for small scale content i think its good to have it...only thing is its manual..i mean the free version of it..

    thx folks for readin, keep commenting..

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  9. ymnow what, we all copy from someone or the other.
    We copy from our surroundings, we copy from nature, we copy from other people we copy from our own work.
    HOW we mix and match all these copied things to produce something coinstructive and interesting is whats creativity
    Its like, when we copy someone, we're borrowing their colours, but it is how we mix those colours to produce a picture that counts.
    But if someone copies the whole picture, then theres only one thing we can do.
    MURDER!!
    nice blog.

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  10. good site
    and of course nice post

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  11. yes it happens..i think we cant stop it

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  12. hey that happnd wid me too !!
    not on blogs but on orkut !!
    some one copied my poem in his orkut profile !!

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  13. yeah dis is a serious problem

    bt lemme tel u an intresting incident.a fellow blogger copied d xact stuff frm 1 f ma posts 'admissions admissions' n reproduced it in his blog.i came 2 c dat once bt d innovations n additions he made was so cute dat i ended up with an appreciation comment

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  14. @alex
    well appreciation is fine..so is copying but if done with owner's permission.

    @peter
    and what did you do?

    @saif..well we can and we should i guess..

    @vinayak..
    well thanks for appreciating the look..

    @mihir..
    well here comes a best comment award,n that goes to mihir..congratulation..:)

    thanks folks for reading.. keep visitin..keep commentin..

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  15. Hey thats the biggest problem right now on web. Especially for the people who are in designing field. Designers work day and night, create some out of the box concept and designs, put these on a design portfolio n then to web to get a critique from people all over the world, but wat happens is some xyz person copies it up as it is and put that in their portfolio...Thats stealing, even something similar happened with my blog cartoons - one of the arts students removed my initials and pasted it in his portfolio, luckily I came to know about that and a creative commons complain been filed against him, thus compelling him to remove it from his portfolio...But u can't stop this shameful act!! And thats a fact!!

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  16. good one!

    but say, if we post somebody's articles on our blog, acknowledging original authorship, would that be fine..? :-S cause I have done that in some cases..

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  17. thank god someone raised their voice against copycats . am absolutely sick of ppl who cheat

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  18. hey thanks for ur comments on my work :) hope you do keep visiting often n inspire me to improve myself :) ... ur blog loved the content n the layout simply awsome n kept me glued for some time :) blogrolling u so that i dont missout on nything ..tk care

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  19. @ aninda..
    ur welcome.. and thank you for blog rollin me.. keep visitin..keep commentin

    @I'll....truthful..so do i. thanks for adding the volume to it..

    @attila
    thats all right.. also if the author is reachable, its a good gesture to leave a message for, and updating that ur posting his/her work on your page.

    @anurag
    yup true.. but you can stop them.. as you did, I did.. everyone can.. boond boond se saagar bharata hai.. right...

    thx folks for visitin my blog..keep commentin..

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  20. I love the rhyme / verse/ taunt/whatever....copy cat, kill the rat, tell ur mommy to make u fat!

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  21. ah,,..well well.. i never heard it before.. good one though.. thx for commentin.. keep visitin..

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  22. yeah dis is a serious problem

    bt lemme tel u an intresting incident.a fellow blogger copied d xact stuff frm 1 f ma posts 'admissions admissions' n reproduced it in his blog.i came 2 c dat once bt d innovations n additions he made was so cute dat i ended up with an appreciation comment

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  23. good site
    and of course nice post

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  24. ymnow what, we all copy from someone or the other.
    We copy from our surroundings, we copy from nature, we copy from other people we copy from our own work.
    HOW we mix and match all these copied things to produce something coinstructive and interesting is whats creativity
    Its like, when we copy someone, we're borrowing their colours, but it is how we mix those colours to produce a picture that counts.
    But if someone copies the whole picture, then theres only one thing we can do.
    MURDER!!
    nice blog.

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