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From Dmitriy Lyubimov <dlie...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: What is ASF position on documentation plagiarism?
Date Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:37:46 GMT
The definition of  "plagiarism", in college definition of the word, is when
the author quotes(or should i say, cut-and-pastes) a lot of foreign content
 without attribution, in this case required by A2. By placing his name on
the book, and nothing else added, he basically says "I wrote (created) this
and I have a copyright on this." As it is actually exactly stated on the
copyright page of the book. As it is mentioned in A2 FAQ, the user of A2
license cannot state "I created this". Much less claim exclusive content
copyright. In this sense, A2 would be violated won't it? Well let us call
it "omission".

Nowhere there was a claim the content cannot be copied though, in fact,
wider dissemination of content should be and is our goal. As long as
reference to where content is taken from is given.

On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 5:47 AM, Jim Jagielski <jim@jagunet.com> wrote:

> As mentioned on the 'Fwd: Apparent plagiarism from Mahout site' thread,
> unless specifically stated otherwise, doccos and content from the
> ASF sites are licensed under the ALv2. So as long as they are
> compliant w/ the terms and conditions of the license (basically,
> ack'ing Apache as the source of the content in this case), there
> is no problem.
> It is NOT, in any case, 'plagiarism'... it is license compliance.
> > On Jul 21, 2015, at 12:00 AM, Dmitriy Lyubimov <dlyubimov@apache.org>
> wrote:
> >
> > Hello,
> >
> > our project has uncovered evidence that one of publishers has recently
> published a book full of rampant plagiarism of our project manual. There is
> a chapter where almost all examples are copied word for word from examples
> in our manual. So are most comments to them. The book inherited even our
> occasional style problems, so cut-and-paste action cannot be called into
> question. All material is taken from ASF website.
> >
> > Aside from obvious ethical concerns, my understanding is Apache 2.0
> license is ok with verbatim quoting as long as attribution is made. I
> assume Apache 2.0 is also automatically applicable to all ASF web and
> documentation content as well. I found no indication of such attribution
> (aside from the fact that the book alleges to teach how to use our project).
> >
> > What's position of ASF in such cases?
> >
> > Feel free to contact us for further details if needed.
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> > -Dmitriy
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