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  •  Yes (6+ / 0-)

    We all use others' words and ideas.  It is in the nature of language. We are a mimetic species.

    But plagiarism -- exact copying of others work for peronal gain and without attribution -- is something else.  

    An academic paper can be 3/4 other peoples' words; if they are properly cited that's fine and it isn't plagiarism.  Plagiarism is knowingly passing off others'  work as your own.

    The more complex and precise the resemblance between texts, the less likely it is that any given resemblance is inadvertent.  This is how the algorithms of plagiarism search tools work.  They get better every year too.  Most of us have very distinctive personal "tells" in our writing.

    In fact a big once run among Internet privacy activists is that it is lready technically possible to identify multiple online identical as a single person just from specific micro-features of writing style.  If you aren't anonymous everywhere and write under your real name AND pseudonyms online, the algorithms to identify your every online identity already exist.

    Welcome to the Brave New World.  Plagiarism is about to become nearly impossible to get away with.

    “I wore black because ... it's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.” -- Johnny Cash

    by RocketJSquirrel on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:54:15 AM PDT

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    •  Sorry for typos (0+ / 0-)

      F'ing iPhone.... "A big concern among Internet privacy activists is that it is already technically possible" I meant

      “I wore black because ... it's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.” -- Johnny Cash

      by RocketJSquirrel on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:56:34 AM PDT

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