Here is a quote from Plagiarism.org:
ACCORDING TO THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE DICTIONARY, TO “PLAGIARIZE” MEANS
- to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
- to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
- to commit literary theft
- to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterward.
Plagiarism has been found in genealogy books and magazines for probably a century or more. However, with the explosion of publishing on the Internet, plagiarism appears to be more popular than ever. Sadly, one individual has been caught before in the act of republishing other writer’s words without crediting the source. In fact, he was even sued for doing so although the case was later settled out of court. Even though already being notorious for such actions, he continues the practice even today.
I won’t quote the latest article about his actions, not even with attribution to that article. Instead, I strongly suggest you should read the entire article for yourself. More Accusations of Plagiarism Leveled at Barry Ewell can be found in The Ancestry Insider blog at http://www.ancestryinsider.org/2016/03/more-accusations-of-plagiarism-leveled.html.
I will add one comment: I invite anyone to copy articles from this newsletter for non-commercial purposes although I do ask for attribution. Details may be found at https://blog.eogn.com/copyrights-and-other-legal-things.
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