Eight Reasons Plagiarism Sucks
It harms readers, in its heart beats a lie, it corrupts, and five more.
By Jack Shafer
Posted Friday, March 7, 2008

* APRIL 15, 2009, 10:47 P.M. ET

Bookshelf – Wall Street Journal
It’s Not Theft, It’s Pastiche
College students plagiarize routinely, especially from the Internet.

Cut and Paste 101
Have we created a generation of plagiarists?

From 10,000 Words:

Copy and paste: The enemy of the web?

Friday, December 05, 2008

As a police reporter at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, I gradually became accustomed to local evening news anchors reading my well-researched reports verbatim with no credit. When I made the transition to interactive journalism, copyright infringement became less of a problem as whole multimedia stories are a little harder to lift.

The familiar frustration was brought back in an instant when I discovered, via Technorati, that someone had plagiarized an entire post and its images. While the offending post has since been removed, it did call to question what writers, bloggers and photographers should do when they discover someone else is presenting content as their own.

My initial reaction was to turn to the Twitterverse because, as this post suggests, Twitter is great for asking questions. While waiting for responses, a quick Google search turned up this post on what to do when someone steals your content.


Katy Weaver. She is editor of the school newspaper, The Barometer wrote this article as a final class project for NMC 301 Writing for the Media Professional.

The full article can be read online here:

A temptation to cheat

Most academic dishonesty occurs through plagiarism, but also includes cheating, fabrication, assisting and tampering

Katy Weaver

Issue date: 3/10/09 Section: News

The few sentences on every class syllabus at the beginning of the term can seem forgettable when it’s 3 a.m. the night before a term paper is due. Copy and paste commands are literally clicks away. A few accidentally non-cited sources could push the word count into the professor’s zone of requirement.Plagiarism is a temptation. However, it is also something that students and professors are feeling increasingly concerned about as the internet grows and media resources change.”


Check out Lisa Renard’s excellent piece, “Cut and Paste 101: Plagiarism and the Net,” where she explores the impact of new media on teaching and learning, offers a “field guide” on “Internet Cheaters” and identifies “three main types” of internet cheaters.


My total bad….it’s like finding out you’ve been calling the coolest kid in school the old nickname his mom used to call him that he hates and won’t answer to. (And then correcting it by ending the sentence with a preposition.) My favorite blogger, name corrected below, noted (generously by hyperlinking to me AND calling this blog “great” which is just beyond classy) that his site no longer has the .net attached at the end. So from now forward no more net. This mistake offers endless joy for my students, who live under my ruthless intolerance of incorrect proper names or any factual errors.

So yes, kids, my total, humiliating bad.

See below:

10,000 Words is working without a “NET”

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A quick check of recent Technorati backlinks (and more specifically the great blog Old Dog, New Media) revealed that many people were referring to the blog as “10,,” rather than its actual title of “10,000 Words.” It quickly became apparent that the problem was that the old logo incorporated “.NET” into the name.

This was initially done for branding purposes and to differentiate between this site and But thanks to readers like you who have spread the word about this nifty little blog, the time has come for 10,000 Words to grow up and lose the “.net.”

Here’s the comment I posted on the blog:

Pam Says:  

Thank you for the clarification. This is particularly excellent because I’m ruthless with students about any incorrect proper names or factual errors and, well, here I’ve done the unthinkable. I’m hoping that because it wasn’t just me and that it was listed with the net as its prior name, that I won’t get too much grief. I will be sure to alert my students to my error and your kind reference to it for maximum smug prof humiliation.
So totally my bad, as the kids say.
(Your blog is the absolute greatest with — or without — a net.)