We are big fans of single-serving social media accounts at Cryptosphere Global HQ. Who doesn’t love Taylor Swift on Security? Or Fashion Zizek? Or, come to think of it, Zizek Ebooks, although who can tell it from the original?
We are also, big, big fans of payback and sabre-toothed enforcement of The Little Guy’s rights, including copyright. Since Twitter has announced that Tweets are officially considered copyright their original tweeters, this has opened up a Pandora’s Attache Case of DMCA filings, and we say it’s high time. Just to be clear: You can RT to your heart’s content. That maintains attribution and is fair use. You can copy and paste tweets originating in a Tweetstorm document, because that is how a Tweetstorm works and you are actively encouraged to do so by the storm organizers. You cannot take someone else’s tweet, strip the attribution, and tweet it as if it were your own.
That’s plagiarism. That’s theft. And that’s where @GradElitist and his ilk come in.
We were minding our own business on Twitter yesterday, checking out some new followers, retweeting some folks, checking out different accounts, when we found a tweet we thought was brilliant, pithy, and would absolutely suit our caffeine-soaked website, so we posted it.
Not long afterwards, we got an update from the aforementioned GradElitist, a single-serving account that exists to expose plagiarized tweets and other nefariousness by the 37,000-follower Grad School Elitist account, the source of the tweet that made up our post. GradElitist’s tweet clearly showed that it had been, in fact, plagiarized. We edited the post to indicate what had happened and where the correct attribution lay, and then, by way of a lagniappe with a cherry on top, we got this:
Proof that the aforesaid Grad School Elitist account had ripped off one of our favourite academics.
And also this:
An rt of an article about the difference between Piracy and Plagiarism, centered on an episode where AnonHQ stole an entire article of ours, and that article by Kitty Hundal and Raymond Johansen was featured on this very website via (with permission) reblog.
While we may find the premise debatable (have you read many academic papers recently? There’s a reason why not), we find the Scadenfreude delectable.