I have written about copyright three times:
- Copyright and Plagiarism [read the public service announcement at the top]
Yet another professional genealogist has posted on Facebook that her stuff has been copied without any citation or permission. Actually, copied isn’t the right term, STOLEN is. This goes way beyond copyright law. It is a matter of ethics. No matter what the law says, this sort if thing is just ethically wrong. What bothers me the most is that this is going on in the world of PROFESSIONAL genealogists, people that know better. I can easily forgive (and educate) someone that does this out of ignorance but I have a much harder time forgiving someone who does it knowingly for personal gain.
If you didn’t write it, it doesn’t belong to you. You can quote or paraphrase small portions as long as you credit the author. If you want to use a larger portion you will also need to obtain permission. I think that is pretty straight forward and simple and I know that the readers of this blog already know this. Like I said, the person in the above example was a professional genealogist knowing taking material from another professional genealogist. I have a really hard time understanding that.
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