Duncan Riley> I received an email this evening from Blog Herald contributor and all round great blogger Vicki Fox Smith about a case of first degree plagiarism. The case for the prosecution is simple: that John Collari, a self described “Christian Drug Taker”, student of Zion College, and editor of the aptly titled “Diary of a Sinner” did reprint in full, without any attribution, an article titled “The Weblog as Digital Pub” originally published at Just in from Cowtown and later republished with full permission at The Blog Herald.
Now Vicki has been very reasonable in contacting John and asking nicely to remove the plagiarised article, to which there has been no response. In Vicki’s own words on JIFCT: “Jeesh, if he had cited me, or asked permission I would have been fine with him copying it there.”
Vicki’s situation is not unique but it is certainly the most blatant example of plagiarism that I have personally seen. There are undoubtedly other tales in the Blogosphere of similar occurrences. Please feel free to share your thoughts on Vicki’s predicament and any other relevant examples of plagiarism. It could happen to any of us one day, and I’d know I’d be the richer for knowing how other people have dealt with it.