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How Reddit Deals with Plagiarism

How Reddit Deals with Plagiarism

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If there’s one person a Redditor doesn’t want to be, it’s knettel37.

Yesterday, knettel37 posted an image of what appeared to be a sketch of a woman’s face and neck with the subject “My girlfriend amazes me with her art…”. But while the image initially became pretty popular, within a few hours of posting it was discovered that the the “pencil” drawing was actually a digital creation from another artist from almost ten years earlier.

The Reddit community quickly pounced on this. Upon seeing the evidence, they not only downvoted knettel37′s post, but nearly everything else that he had posted as well. The community also set up a “Karma Court” to “try” the case, albeit in a joking fashion.

On the other side of the coin, knettel37 is claiming that his girlfriend sent him the picture and he had no idea that it was fake. However, other members >of Reddit are questioning is knettel37 either made up the girlfriend or is merely passing blame on to her.

But what’s interesting about the case is its swift resolution and the fact that the community reacted so strongly to the plagiarism and how swiftly they handled it, all without any involvement from the actual creator and copyright holder.

What can creators and community admins learn from this case? A great deal, even if the lessons are likely somewhat limited in their application.Continue Reading

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Who Are the Biggest Threats to Your Work Online?

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My Flattr Experiment: 30 Days Later

My Flattr Experiment: 30 Days Later

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Digg Does it Again

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Is the DiggBar Content Theft?

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Excerpts, Scraping and Fair Use

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Review: The Plagiarism Checker

The rebirth of “The Plagiarism Checker” has made waves throughout social news sites and Twitter alike, but is the site worth the attention it has been getting?Continue Reading

A Requiem For Cease & Desist

The cease and desist letter has gone from a dying art to an art that is effectively dead. Why is that, what does it mean and what can be done?Continue Reading

Plagiarism Today on Facebook

After unofficially boycotting the site for several years, I’ve finally gotten around to creating my Facebook profile as well as a presence for Plagiarism Today.Continue Reading

Fragmented Conversations and Blogging

The notion of fragmented conversations has drawn a lot of attention over the past few weeks. However, what are the real implications solutions to the problem?Continue Reading