Piracy vs Plagiarism, What is the difference?

There’s a big difference between being an illegal blog scraper and sharing knowledge. Permission and honesty, for a start. Here, victim of plagiarism Kitty Hundal, along with Pirate Party activist Raymond Johansen, lays it down for you.

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by Kitty Hundal with contributions by Raymond Johansen

This article was inspired by a recent situation which occurred. The Hacker Wars, an article written by me, Kitty Hundal, with contributions by Raymond Johansen, was originally published with our permission to The Cryptosphere in April, 2015. The Cryptosphere is owned and operated by independent media journalist, Lorraine Murphy.

This week, that article was plagiarized by one of the authors on another site called AnonHQ. This author claimed the article was covered under a Creative Commons license. While the author didn’t specify which license, their statement indicated that they considered it a public domain license. It wasn’t.

AnonHQ did remove that plagiarized version on request by Lorraine Murphy, but two other sites that picked up that same plagiarized version from the AnonHQ site (before it was removed) have not removed it as per her request.

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A Creative Commons license is…

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Categories: Hackers

1 reply

  1. Its not exactly like that when it comes to software piracy as people tamper with the software (keygens/bypass protection/crack/etc.) to modify it to be the same as the paid version.
    This is actually costing the developer sales they could have made and also reduce their exposure to new clients.
    For example, people searching for “X brand software” often find related search terms such as “X brand software crack” being shown in the search engines. This is a big temptation for anyone who was looking to buy it, especially with how easy digital piracy has become.
    In my opinion piracy in most cases is like stealing, with only a few exceptions.


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