Re: Tools: Tracking down copyright violations

Subject: Re: Tools: Tracking down copyright violations
From: "Janet Swisher" <jmswisher -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 11:53:29 -0500

On Sat, May 17, 2008 at 8:20 AM, Kelly Smith <redheadedquilter -at- gmail -dot- com>

> Several years ago I wrote an essay and published it to the web. Some
> time later someone let me know that it had been translated into German
> and reposted without my knowledge or consent.
> I suppose this tool will only find copies that are in the original
> language? (Since I don't have a German version to test it with.

I knew someone whose academic computer science article was plagiarized and
posted to the web by someone in South Korea. It was still in English, but
had been "brokenized" so that it read like it had been written by a
non-native speaker -- taking out the articles and helping verbs, for
example. I wonder if this service would have flagged that case.

> > From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
> > Just came across a fascinating service that most editors and writers
> > will be interested in: "CopyScape" ( It's
> > a service that lets you enter the URL of any page containing your
> > intellectual property and search the Web to find out if anyone else
> > has republished it, with or without attribution.

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