Free: The Future of Plagiarism?

Chris Anderson, of Wired magazine, has published Free: The Future of a Radical Price. It seems that Anderson has taken his own advice and considered the content of others free as well, including in his “work” significant portions of Wikipedia articles almost verbatim but neglecting to cite any sources.

Even though Anderson defends his work as his own by explaining that his footnotes were deleted by the publisher, such extensive copying reflects poorly on his own ability to synthesize sources and integrate others’ ideas into his own writing.

It comes back to the same basic principle that has governed plagiarism policy for decades: Don’t put your name on others’ work.

An interview with BBC on July 1.


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