As plagiarism accusations once again swirl around veteran foreign policy journalist Fareed Zakaria, the controversy reminds journalists and bloggers about the ease at which it is to steal or borrow someone else’s intellectual property in the digital era.
Zakaria, who hosts a foreign affairs show on CNN, is a columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic and a New York Times bestselling author, says that a previous plagiarism incident in 2012 was a “terrible mistake.” This time two bloggers are claiming that Zakaria lifted full passages from other authors, charges that Zakaria is denying. But this post isn’t about Zakaria, per se. We instead want to focus on digital tools journalists and bloggers can use to determine if their work is being stolen, and by whom.
Most journalists and bloggers learn about theft of their intellectual property by word-of-mouth. But there are more direct ways to actively catch a plagiarist.
Jonathan Bailey, a copyright and plagiarism consultant for New Orleans-based CopyByte, sat down with contributing editor Benét J. Wilson to chat about techniques he’s used to identify more than 700 cases of plagiarism of his own work over the past nine years. Bailey is best known for his blog, Plagiarism Today, which has been in operation since 2005. A writer, journalist and Web developer by training and education, Bailey took up the plagiarism fight in 2001 after his intellectual property was stolen.
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