Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The last days of plagiarism?

There seems to be a bit of a buzz about the new LexisNexis CopyGuard plagiarism detection software. Sounds very impressive as you simply chuck in a bit of copy and it shows you exactly where certain phrases originated (yeah, nicked). Certainly there is a use for this but I'm not so sure it's going to work for the British press, or anywhere else in world for that matter. I predict a riot on the newsfloor of the first paper to introduce it. And what will the NUJ have to say about it? I suggest singing the following:

Let no one else's work evade your eyes!
Remember why the good Lord made your eyes!
So don't shade your eyes
But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize!
Only be sure always to call it, please, "research"!

Tom Lehrer's 1953 song Lobachevsky

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