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Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 3:09 am

Internet Plagiarism

Sky scrapers
Scrapers: which is the original and which is the fake?

There has recently been a rise in the number of scrapers across the Internet. Such sites ‘scrape’ content off other existing, content-rich sites and put it along with ads on the Internet. They can make a ‘quick buck’ by attracting errant users who use search engines. In the process, genuine sites lose visitors and potentially get penalised for duplicate content.

Apart from illegal scrapers and spam, there are marginal cases of plagiarism. Imported content must always be:

  • Contained within quotes
  • Quoted in part so that it contains enough text to serve as a ‘teaser’ for the original information source
  • Include at least one prominent link to the source

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