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Online etiquette is now ingrained into our various cultures, and rightly so, although etiquette in technology is a fairly recent concept, it has become a social code of network communications, guidelines for communicating over social networks, and the code of practice.
A colloquial portmanteau of social networking over mailing lists, blogs and inter-active forums, by means of developing norms that remain in state of flux and vary from community to community.
The thorny subject of plagiarism, in its definition of wrongful appropriation, publication stealing and the misrepresentation of the author’s original language, thoughts, ideas and expressions for financial gains.
Which does not apply to the use of a sentence or a paragraph attributed to the original author, and the writer/readers interpretation of the ideas that are generated.
The legal aspects of plagiarism are regarded as theft under the international laws, which encompass academic dishonesty and scholarly fraud, a breach of journalistic ethics, how old fashion does that sound.
Extreme cases of plagiarism and copyright infringements which have been identified in academia have led to Crown Court Cases, as the violation of the moral rights of the original author.
In the defendant’s defence the cross-pollination of ideas is normally used, after a certain period the copyrights cease to be law, as the Classic writings of the 17th, 18th, & 19th century are there for all to use and interpret in a modern idiom.
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