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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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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.

  • @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/… Sep 28 '09 at 19:40
  • If enough people flag it as abuse (vs. for moderator intervention), the problem will just silently go away...
    – Shog9
    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. Sep 28 '09 at 19:45
  • Flagging with a link is a little better, at least. Sep 28 '09 at 19:45

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