Atanu Dey On India's Development

Plagiarism on blogs

The bad news is that it is easy enough to get a free blog (wordpress, blogger, blogspot, etc) and it is easy enough to cut and paste stuff to the blog. The good news is that if inexpertly done, plagiarism is easily noticed.

Here’s a case in point. This post on DKSHAMLI’S BLOG (July 5th, 2008) is an exact copy of my post titled “Unfair and Unlovely” (April 20th, 2007). This is done without the slightest nod to the original. Nowhere on the dkshamli blog is there any indication that it was not written by dkshamli.

Not very nice. A real shame.

Update: (6 PM IST 22nd July) I had reported the matter to WordPress.com. I got an email from tosreports@wordpress.com saying, “The blog has been deactivated, and the user will be forced to get in touch with us and remove the post.

  • prateeksha

    I checked dkshamli ‘s other posts. Those also are direct lift-offs from the web. I think (s)he is trying to compile all the good reads (s)he came across – with, of course, the bad habit of not acknowledging the original authors. (S)He should be told, I think, what are the right pratices in reproducing works which are not hers/his.

  • http://sawantsachin1985.blogspot.com/ sawantsachin1985

    shame !!!

  • http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~parijat parijatgarg

    Its like the time when someone copied an article off an encyclopedia and copied the cross-reference text too :P

    As Prateeksha said though, its more likely that this person is just compiling blog entries without due credit to the authors.

  • Erodejimmy

    Very good Atanu. The copier Blog is inactive now. But how have you got it, by casual reading or by some technical means to check duplicate content from your writings.

  • http://sudiptachatterjee.blogspot.com sudipta

    @Erodejimmy, try using copyscape: http://www.copyscape.com and type in your blog’s URL there — you’ll find out if anyone ever made copies of your posts.