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Shayna S's picture

Redefinition of Plagiarism?

 JRF, I believe you are on to something. People are called for plagiarism today if they fail to give credit to someone, even if they create an entirely new idea off of what they had used.  You brought up an interesting idea that failure to progress a discussion/ add to the chatter would be the only crime in a free-knowledge world. Perhaps adding something to the manifesto along the lines of "Plagiarism will no longer be thought of as the unauthorized use of another thinker's ideas, but as the failure to build upon those ideas, a failure to help in the construction of this free-knowledge ideology." But then, what about copying and distributing things? Both of these are ways of adding to the chatter by amplifying a single idea through repetition. I might have hit a roadblock here. 


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