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Reddit Bans Plagiarist Site, Exposes Future of Spam

Reddit Bans Plagiarist Site, Exposes Future of Spam

Gaoom LogoOn Friday, Reddit user mi-16evil, an administrator in the /r/Movies subreddit, posted an entry announcing that he and the other admins had banned a site, Gaoom, from being posted on the subreddit.

According to mi-16evil, the site was engaged in rampant plagiarism, copying and reposting articles and other content from various sites on the Web and then encouraging others, including many legitimate users, to post the links to Reddit.

The administrators were tipped off to the issue when the spam filters kept pulling down Gaoom links despite seemingly legitimate users submitting them. This meant something in the voting pattern tripped the spam filters, even though they might have originally been submitted by a valid user.

That, in turn, prompted them to investigate and that was when they discovered the plagiarism issues, which resulted in the full ban and the post. However, the ban might have been a moot point as, shortly after the post became popular on Reddit, Gaoom went down, giving a “Bandwidth Exceeded” error. It hasn’t returned as of this writing.

But while the case of Gaoom seems to have a happy ending, mi-16evil and the rest of Reddit may have, unintentionally, exposed the future of plagiarism and spam on the Web, making this a less-happy ending for legitimate creators everywhere.Continue Reading

How Reddit Deals with Plagiarism

How Reddit Deals with Plagiarism

A recently-discovered case of plagiarism showcased the role of community in dealing with the problem online. But the case a sign of a new strategy? Continue Reading

Who Are the Biggest Threats to Your Work Online?

Who Are the Biggest Threats to Your Work Online?

When it comes to your content on the Web, who are your biggest threats? Depending on your industry, the answer might not be who you think.Continue Reading

The Great Pinterest Divide: To Opt Out or Not

The Great Pinterest Divide: To Opt Out or Not

Pinterest may be a social media darling, but visual artists have begun to raise concerns over copyright, creating a cloud over the service.Continue Reading

3 Count:  Textbook Case

3 Count: Textbook Case

First Sale is trumped by right of import, BBC in copyright spat over Twitter photos and Stephen King escapes a copyright lawsuit.Continue Reading

3 Count: German Efficiency

3 Count: German Efficiency

German copyright holders target 300k file sharers per month, Canada approves a settlement against the record labels and copyright and social media collide.Continue Reading

My Flattr Experiment: 30 Days Later

My Flattr Experiment: 30 Days Later

The 30 days have passed and now it’s time to reveal how the great Flattr experiment went. The results are, in a word, very mixed.Continue Reading

Excerpts, Scraping and Fair Use

A recent article on the New York Times site drew the attention of the Web to excerpting and the difficulty defining good vs. bad use. It’s a touchy issue with no easy answers.Continue Reading

Associated Content Signs Deal with Attributor

Recently embarrassed by a very public plagiarism scandal, Associated Content has inked a deal with content-tracking service Attributor to both protect their material and detect plagiarists using their service. Continue Reading

Guest Post: Don’t Fight Remixing, Encourage It

Whenever possible, I like to encourage guest posting on this site so that readers can receive a wide variety of view points from related fields. Today’s column comes from Dan Zarrella, a social media consultant. Online social media, like socialized forms of media before it, has at its core the concept of communal recreation. LessigContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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