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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wired Magazine Editor Eating at Wikipedia's Table?

This Guardian (UK) story states that a Wired magazine editor borrowed larges sections of text from Wikipedia without attribution for a book. (It was not a book on Thai cooking; no, it had to be a book about why online material should be free. Had to be.)

This FFO blog post is not intended to be a muckraking story, though (nor is this implying that the Guardian story is, either). The point of it is to remind writers about how easy it is to look at sources like Wikipedia as unencumbered. However, Wikipedia has a copyright policy. Wikipedia has material imported under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA), the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL), and others. A writer wishing to use material from Wikipedia must look at the license associated with the particular article to find out its restrictions and citation requirements.

Here is list of FAQs about Wikipedia, including a readers' FAQ and a copyright FAQ.


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