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Where is the line drawn between rewriting and plagerizing?

I recently came across Kevin Whited’s Publius TX blog and the April 11th entry detailing Houston Chronicle columnist Rick Casey’s rewriting of Washington Post columnist Dan Morgan’s work paragraph by paragraph, line by line. Whited’s point-by-point analysis provides a clear example of how one writer crossed the line into what many would cite as a clear case of plagerism. Granted, Casey did provide attribution at the end of his column, but the level of rewriting certainly calls attention to the question of how much is too much? With all the talk recently of ethics and plagerism, I found the comparison of the two articles quite interesting. If you continue to read through the comments, you’ll find an even more interesting discussion on exactly what constitutes plagerism.


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