a poem by muckibr, January 9, 2013
You Blog who you are.
You Blog what you feel.
You Blog what you know,
but don’t Blog what you steal.
The reason for this blog today, and the poem I have written, is because I have been accused of violating the Newsvine Code of Honor rule number 4a. as follows ….?
Plagiarism and copyright infringement will not be tolerated. If you did not write something, do not portray it as your own (use the “blockquote” tag and cite your source by linking to the original content). If you do not have the right to republish the content in question, do not post it to Newsvine.
quote below: http://www.newsvine.com
But, get this, I was specifically accused of this CoH violation, because Tyler Adams, the Newsvine Director of Community and online Moderator, accused me of posting …
“an article almost entirely comprised of unattributed copyrighted images.”
Let me ask YOU: Does anyone, anywhere, consider the posting of graphic images as “plagiarism”? Is that really “plagiarism”? Really? I really don’t think so, but …
If anyone reading this, who has any legal background or experience DOES consider posting graphic images with your articles or blogs as plagiarism, then I would really like to hear from you and to know by what law, legal precedent or rationale you believe that. Oh, and please cite you reference, okay? I really mean it. Tell me if you know. I really want to learn!!!
I would provide a link to the offending Newsvine article, wherein Tyler claims I violated the CoH, except for the fact that they, Newsvine or Tyler, DELETED it! They won’t delete the rest of my content from their site, even though I have politely asked them at least 3 times, and many of my friends who are still there on Newsvine have also asked politely. But, they have deleted the article, i.e. “the evidence” of my alleged violation. What do you think about that? Has somebody got something to hide? Maybe. I don’t know. I don’t understand their rationale.
Now, you see that image I added above to this blog, the cartoon up there at the very top? As far as I know that cartoon image is NOT copyrighted. There is no copyright logo or statement anywhere on that image. I found that image at this website: http://www.kabt.org/2011/09/10/become-a-kabt-blogger/. So I copied it and am using it here to jazz-up this blog of mine. As far as I know it is public domain, or at the very least falls under the legal concept known as Fair Use (Fair Use – 17 U.S.C. §107). As far as I know, using that image, or the other smaller one is NOT plagiarism, as they are covered under Fair Use and/or Public Domain. (BTW, I also found the exact same cartoon at this address, http://www.gabrielweinberg.com/blog/2011/08/why-i-blog.html, and it also had no copyright info tagged to it.)
However, all these words in this write-up, except for the ones I copied from and credited to the Newsvine Code of Honor and Tyler Adams falsely accusing me of plagiarism, are mine, all mine, and thus, NOT plagiarism. So, I’m pretty certain I have not plagiarized a thing on this blog, just as I am equally sure I did NOT plagiarize anything on the article that Tyler used as an excuse to ban me from Newsvine.
You know what I think! And this is my own opinion, because I don’t know this for a fact and I’m not saying it is a fact. In my opinion, I think Newsvine needed an excuse to kick me off of their site, and CoH 4a. was the best they could come up with.
I think the graphic image Tyler/Newsvine allege was “copyrighted” and “plagiarized” was just like the image above. There is no copyright notice on it anywhere, I found it on the internet with Google, it’s just like thousands of images that so many others on Newsvine use every single day, but those Newsvine users don’t get kicked off of Newsvine for violating CoH 4a. do they? No, they don’t!
In my opinion, I think Tyler Adams of Newsvine might have told a great big fib. But that’s only my opinion. And, you know what else? Legally, as long as I specify that this is just my “opinion” then it’s not liable. It’s just my opinion. However, as I am told, legally I may have justification against Tyler Adams and Newsvine for libeling me. How about that!
I didn’t “plagiarize” anything on Newsvine. I didn’t steal any copyrighted material, text, graphics or whatever as far as I am aware. Yet, Tyler Adams and Newsvine secretly permanently suspended my account on December 26, 2012, but did not officially ban me for this dubious reasoning until Monday January 7, 2013 when Tyler finally posted this Official Public Notice below.
Bruce-1628250 banned, took me this long to find an article where they weren’t violating #4a – they came back from a suspension with an article almost entirely comprised of unattributed copyrighted images.
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#1.2 – Mon Jan 7, 2013 3:18 PM EST
It took Newsvine 12 days to come up with this lame excuse, and this is the BEST they/Tyler could do? It almost seems like he is saying that so many of my 169 articles included plagiarism that it took him twelve whole days to find one that didn’t, just so he could post his official ban notice on it. (By the way, who the hell is the “they” he refers to twice? I don’t know.) Oh, and the reason that I was on a full week of suspension that I just returned from 2 days before he permanently suspended me, was because I posted the words “Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!” in a comment reply and they considered that a “personal attack!” But that’s a subject for another blog post that I have been working on, and you are not going to believe that one!!! But it’s true.
Getting back to this topic: If it’s true that I mass plagiarized, which it isn’t, but if it were true that all but one of the 169 articles I wrote and published on Newsvine since August 31, 2012 are plagiarized, then let me ask you this: Why haven’t they DELETED those articles? Because, by keeping them up in the Newsvine site, claiming that they are plagiarized, then doesn’t that make Newsvine complicit in massive plagiarism? I think it does. Some people I’ve discussed this with think so too! (And we’re thinking of what we should do about that. Any ideas?)
Excuse me while I ROTFLMAO!!!
Well, that’s my story. The truth, backed-up by the facts, and nothing plagiarized or copyright infringed. What do YOU think?
BTW: I betcha, if we took a random look at other articles on Newsvine, written and published by other authors, we’d find that most of them also include unattributed graphic images that match Newsvine’s and Tyler’s definition of “plagiarism” in this case. Do Newsvine and Tyler operate under a Double-Standard? What do YOU think?