We have seen an increase in plagiarism here on ATS lately and it needs to STOP NOW.
Going forward, if you post something that is not 100% your own writing or work you must use the EX TAG, post NO MORE THAN 10% of the
original (or three paragraphs, whichever is least), and GIVE A LINK TO THE SOURCE MATERIAL
. If the work you are posting is not on the internet,
from a book for example, you MUST give a credit for that Book ( the title), its Author and Publisher.
Failure to do so will get you a MANDATORY 3 DAY POST BAN
on the first offense
, all points and prestige titles (writer/fighter/scholar)
will be erased. A second offense
will guarantee you a permanent account ban
with no appeal and no questions asked. Complete loss of
access to AboveTopSecret.com. That's how SERIOUS we are about STOPPING this disgusting activity. Stealing someone else's intellectual property and
presenting it as your own mental produce is not only illegal, it's fraud and straight out LYING to the community.
Copyright infringement/plagiarism is a REAL problem especially on the internet where it's so easy to do. This makes the whole plagiarism issue even
more serious for us here at ATS. The lawyers who specialize in this field are looking to make a mint by suing people, organizations, companies and any
other entity stupid enough to plagiarize.
ATS is in a unique position because we allow "members" to add content to our servers without prior screening for copyright infringements. While our
T&C give us some level of protection, there isn't a "set of rules" or document in the universe that will protect us if we don't take severe and
proactive steps to prevent it best we can and eliminate it
when it "slips through the inevitable cracks".
When you plagiarize someone else's work you are putting the Owner's of this site and the site's future at severe risk. This is not a trivial matter,
you can NOT assume since something is on the web it's free for you to copy at will, worse yet, it's intellectually dishonest trying to pass someone
else's work off as your own is lying plain and simple.
When in doubt... DO NOT QUOTE or COPY/PASTE! Just post your description and a link.
Springer & SkepticOverlord
[edit on 1-2-2006 by Springer]
edit on October 6th 2010 by greeneyedleo because: update with proper EX tag
edit on 3-8-2011 by
Springer because: (no reason given)
edit on 8-30-2012 by Springer because: (no reason given)