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Web Stalkers
Chapter 6 -
Cyber Theft

The Semantics of Plagiarism

Other web search engine companies are developing search tools that have the surprising side-effect of being able to detect plagiarism.  Their goal is to allow web users to highlight a paragraph of text and press a button called “Show me more like this.”  Internally, these tools analyze the paragraph, apply structure, word stem and synonym rules, and scour the web for a suitable match.

The Epidemic of Web Content Theft

According to a televised investigation report on the hit TV show Primetime Thursday, their investigation revealed a growing problem of cheating and plagiarism, facilitated by the massive volumes of content on the web.  From junior high schools to the Ivy League, Primetime found that students find the temptation to copy-and-paste from the web to be an irresistible temptation.  According to the Primetime Thursday report, many students believe that everyone plagiarizes, and they use this as an excuse for their theft:

"It's unfair on your part, if you're studying, you know, so many hours for an exam and everybody else in the class gets an 'A' cheating," says Sharon, a college student. "So you want to get in the game and cheat, too."

The web is a double-edged sword.  Just as it has facilitated the theft of content, it has also enabled tools for publishers and professors to quickly detect stolen content.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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