Is Plagiarism a Potential Threat that can Undermine our Allvoices Community?
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Is Plagiarism a Potential Threat that can Undermine our Allvoices Community?

San Francisco : CA : USA | Oct 11, 2010 at 11:33 PM PDT
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Here are two definitions of plagiarism:

1) A piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work.

2) The act of plagiarizing; taking someones words or ideas as if they were your own.

Allvoices expressly forbids plagiarism and indeed actively checks contributions.

In addition, they have provided a 'flag' button that gives anyone reading a contributed report to select from any of 8 options to 'flag' a report for editorial review.

One of the current 8 options is for Copyright violation.

Has anyone flagged a report?

Have any of your reports been flagged?

The integrity of the Allvoices community should be of paramount importance to us all, whether we use it simply to read the news or report it.

I, for one appreciate both negative and positive feedback and feel the vision of Allvoices is sound and viable for the long term.

The intent of this report is simply to suggest that we all have a responsibility to cite sources when necessary and, if we choose, integrate our own expressive style into our contributions.

In doing so, we will be contributing not only reports to a global audience, but toward the longevity and success of Allvoices!

The way I understand it, there is absolutely nothing wrong with adding little to a report, if the sources are cited correctly.

Some contributors have the gift of brevity and simply choose to share the nuts & bolts on any topic while others provide reports that could put them in the running for a Nobel Prize for Literature.

Perhaps having approaches from all ends of the spectrum adds significantly to the unique overall voice of the community.

If plagiarism is allowed to flourish, the credibility of Allvoices will suffer and any dreams an individual contributor may have as a reporter here could vanish overnight.

I encourage anyone who reads my reports to act as a watchdog and guide me in a direction that builds up the reputation of Allvoices rather than potentially undermining the very company whose vision has allowed me to contribute.

As a reminder, here is the view of Allvoices as stated in the terms of use:

Copyright Infringement

"Allvoices does not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on its Website and Allvoices will remove all Content, User Contribution, User Report and User Submission if properly notified that such content or User Contribution, User Report and User Submission infringed on another’s intellectual property rights. Allvoicesreserves the right to remove Content, User Contributions, User Reports and User Submissions without prior notice.

If You are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any Content, User Contribution, User Report and User Submission infringes upon Your copyrights, You may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium copyright Act (DMCA) by providing our copyright agent with the following information in writing:

  1. An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
  2. A description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that You claim has been infringed;
  3. A description of where the material that You claim is infringing is located on the Website;
  4. Your address, telephone number, and email address;
  5. A statement by You that You have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  6. A statement by You that You, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in Your notice is accurate and that You are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf."

Please police my work and reports, including this one so that I can contribute in the manner expected of a community that is aiming to expand its reach, and in turn allow any contributor here, to expand their reach in-kind.

thanks in advance for your feedback!

Eric

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are my own and may not accurately reflect the official policies of Allvoices Inc. I have no additional affiliation with Allvoices Inc. except as an individual contributor. I have tried to present the facts to the best of my ability in the above report.

manilatop10 is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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