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The Plagiarism Blog

Keeping Current on Plagiarism, Cheating & Academic Integrity by Susan Herzog, Information Literacy Librarian, Eastern Connecticut State University

Taking Plagiarism Seriously
Arbiter Online
By Dr. Michael Mattison and Blaine Eckles
December 09, 2004

"In a recent Arbiter article ("Visiting professor accused of plagiarism," 11/29/04), a University faculty member defended plagiarizing another individual’s editorial piece by stating, 'If you take information off the Internet, it’s free and clear.' Though we do not wish to criticize the individual personally, we do want to stress that we find his statement utterly ridiculous. Worse, we find it dangerous. Following such advice could lead to severe consequences for a writer.