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How to deal with questions or answers plagiarism from copyrighted sources?

What should be done when someone answers a question by simply cutting and pasting text from somewhere else online?

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marked as duplicate by Shogging through the snow, Timothy Carter, jjnguy, Joel Coehoorn Sep 28 '09 at 19:43

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If you have edit power edit it. Otherwise, flag it for moderator attention. Make sure you give them the original URL so they can edit the source into the answer.

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@Jinguy: I believe it is a serious violation because the copyright levels are different between the websites. They aren't necessarily compatible. So if text or code sample is 'copy/paste with attribution only' and then you paste it somewhere that is 'copy/paste reuse at will' you are changing the 'access level'. –  devinb Sep 28 '09 at 19:18
    
Yeah, I got rid of that part after reading the copyright of knowledge base. –  jjnguy Sep 28 '09 at 19:19
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No, don't flag it. Moderators can't really do anything. See my answer at this link: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19508/… –  Joel Coehoorn Sep 28 '09 at 19:40
    
If enough people flag it as abuse (vs. for moderator intervention), the problem will just silently go away... –  Shogging through the snow Sep 28 '09 at 19:42
    
What if we flag it with a link ot the source? It is basically like editing it in yourself, but through a moderator. –  jjnguy Sep 28 '09 at 19:43
    
Read my answer at the link: just because there's a copyright violation doesn't mean we can just delete it. It might even turn out to be the original author posting with a pseudonym, or it might be the author wants their content up on stackoverflow where ever possible. –  Joel Coehoorn Sep 28 '09 at 19:45
    
Flagging with a link is a little better, at least. –  Joel Coehoorn Sep 28 '09 at 19:45

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