shanrick: "Are we sure the bill wasn't written by RAND PAUL?"~Rand Paul
Rand Paul: shanrick: "Are we sure the bill wasn't written by RAND PAUL?"~Rand PaulThread over.
ikanreed: Hmm, since it's a high school opinion, I'm going with democrat, republican positions tend to aim a bit lower.
shanrick: "Are we sure the bill wasn't written by RAND PAUL SHIA LEBEOUF?"~Rand Paul
genner: Honestly how hard is it to bribe a 12 year old? Your You're not even trying.
Weatherkiss: shanrick: "Are we sure the bill wasn't written by RAND PAUL SHIA LEBEOUF?"~Rand Paul~ Shia LeBeoufFTFSL
Serious Black [TotalFark]Are we sure the bill wasn't written by RAND PAUL?
OnlyM3: Serious Black [TotalFark]Are we sure the bill wasn't written by RAND PAUL?[media.al.com image 850x600]What's wrong with a little plagiarism... and racism.. and ....
lumiere: FTFA: "As the Times-Union notes, Ball did introduce a typo on "place," perhaps a savvy attempt to fool people looking for evidence of plagiarism."No. I doubt it. Ball, with the audacity of most any other politician, just didn't think he was going to get caught. Plus, of all words to misspell or improperly conjugate out of the plagiarized sentence, I highly doubt it would be "place".
jshine: Who cares? The point of a bill is to make a law, not to get an "A" in a class. Who actually wrote the verbiage makes no difference whatsoever, as long as it's good policy.
bratface: jshine: Who cares? The point of a bill is to make a law, not to get an "A" in a class. Who actually wrote the verbiage makes no difference whatsoever, as long as it's good policy.This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^The 'high school blogger' didn't come up with the original thought. He found that information someplace else. So why isn't the kid a plagiarist too? So what if he arranged the words differently.
semiotix: Professor semiotix here, professional (and arguably dickish) scourge of plagiarists. Plagiarism is bad, m'kay? So is copyright violation. But this ain't that.The function of a legislative bill isn't to make its author look smart, or get him royalties, or fulfill a scholarly assignment. It's not a place where an original author could meaningfully benefit from an acknowledgement. So while this is lazy, and pretty embarrassing considering the original source, it's the wrong word.Plagiarism requires a victim. Either authors denied credit in a forum where they might actually get some, or someone being lied to about where information came from. (When a sophomore copies from Wikipedia, she's lying by omission, since the presumption is always that work not otherwise cited is by the author.)Having typed all this, I guess I don't really have a larger point, because I agree this guy should be made fun of for ripping off a high school essay. But I'm an academic, and I'm counting this as service to the broader scholarly community. You're welcome.
LarryDan43: I thought "Tax Cuts! The Answer to Everything" was the brainchild of a 12 year old?
Far Cough: In what conceivable way is this NOT copyright violation?
semiotix: Far Cough: In what conceivable way is this NOT copyright violation?For one thing, because de minimis copying is always permitted. A single paragraph, which is what they're talking about here, is virtually never going to be found infringing.For another, Congress--and I'm assuming this applies to the states as well--is explicitly permitted to incorporate copyrighted works, either explicitly or by reference. Federal laws themselves can't be copyrighted--again, I assume that applies to states, but IANAL/YMMV/LOLOMGWTF--and repeating a copyrighted work verbatim brings it by force into the public domain. Usually this is more for technical standards (and usually Congress is careful NOT to directly incorporate those standards, so that the private authors can continue to charge for them), but I don't see why it wouldn't apply to blog posts too.I guess we can argue about whether the shiattiness of this rises to the level of plagiarism, but the high schooler wouldn't have a chance in hell of prevailing in a copyright suit.
fusillade762: Better that than ALEC, imo.LarryDan43: I thought "Tax Cuts! The Answer to Everything" was the brainchild of a 12 year old?[www.citizensinchargefoundation.org image 298x448]
Far Cough: That, plus the big chunk he copied from the LA Times, again presumably without credit or permission. If multiple smaller segments are copied from individual copyright holders such that much of a work is unoriginal, have those writers no recourse as a group?
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