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Plagiarism/Copyright in Postings

I have recently noticed a number of postings in which the poster rips part or all of an article from another website.

The poster then posts the content without attribution, wirhout providing a link and without acknowledging the possible copyright of the content.

Commonly the source is a commercial news site such as a newspaper or television/online news provider.

I have made a few reports of these. Subsequently the postings have remained in place and unchanged.

I checked the forum rules and, sure enough, there is nothing in the rules about plagiarism/copyright. I would have thought though that the unacceptability of plagiarism and/or copyright issues would be self-evident.
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While there is no direct reference to this in our rules we do not allow entire editorial pieces to be posted and excerpts should include a link back to the original article. PM me any instances where you feel your reports weren't handled properly and I'll take a look.
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TomRFD wrote:
Apr 16th, 2018 7:20 pm
While there is no direct reference to this in our rules we do not allow entire editorial pieces to be posted and excerpts should include a link back to the original article. PM me any instances where you feel your reports weren't handled properly and I'll take a look.
Perhaps worth adding to the rules? I agree with the OP, other works should be referenced / credited accordingly.
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WorldIRC wrote:
Apr 16th, 2018 8:20 pm
Perhaps worth adding to the rules? I agree with the OP, other works should be referenced / credited accordingly.
+1

I have done a lot of clean-up and reminders in OT for this. I think there's definitely room for adding a rule against direct plagiarism.
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I saw one or two of these on the weekend I think from Off-Topic. One of them the poster included the reporters name/email so I just assumed the link was accidentally omitted. Can't remember the other offhand, there was a lot of reports that day. I'll keep it in mind for the future though, cheers. A rule would definitely help in explaining it to people.
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Yeah

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WorldIRC wrote:
Apr 16th, 2018 8:20 pm
Perhaps worth adding to the rules? I agree with the OP, other works should be referenced / credited accordingly.
Agreed.

The staff will discuss this and make an amendment to the rules soon.
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TomRFD wrote:
Apr 17th, 2018 10:12 am
Agreed.

The staff will discuss this and make an amendment to the rules soon.
This seems to be continuing in OT.

For example, there were a couple of instances in the “The Senate and Marijuana Legalization Bill” thread recently.
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MexiCanuck wrote:
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This seems to be continuing in OT.

For example, there were a couple of instances in the “The Senate and Marijuana Legalization Bill” thread recently.
Did you report it? If you did and nothing was done please PM me the links.
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TomRFD wrote:
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Did you report it? If you did and nothing was done please PM me the links.
I reported it.

My experience with reporting has been such that I no longer ask to be notified of the result.
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MexiCanuck wrote:
Jun 8th, 2018 1:51 am
I reported it.

My experience with reporting has been such that I no longer ask to be notified of the result.
We did update our rules regarding this so if you're reporting things and nothing is happening as a result, please bring it to my attention.
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Not trying to be a muckraker but since this discussion has been launched, respectfully, I'm wondering where is the difference between posting large chunks of copyrighted content vs users posting links to services whose entire business proposition is selling access to content via IPTV that is in violation of numerous copyright holders?

RFD to me is a place to find good, legal, deals on products and services.

The promotion of services that willfully violate copyright and effectively sell without permission the intellectual property of others seems to be way out of RFD's reason for being. Am I wrong?
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Jun 10th, 2018 10:01 pm
Ooo sometimes i do the reference lazily...
“I saw this in the star”

Is that acceptable? full links are probably better
Since the entire article shouldn't be included in the post, a link to view the full thing should be included.
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Unfortunately some members keep newsbotting entire articles witheverything there's in the webpage like picture captions and sometimes even ads. This is particularly prevalent with some regular posters in the Off Topic forum who use this mechanism (newbotting) for pushing their worldview or demonizing particular peoples or social constructs.

For example, this thread: I’m going to die here’: Wives of ISIS fighters want to return home to Canada

The OP didn't even bother to put his own input in the opening post. Not a single word.

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Oct 11th, 2018 3:49 pm
I’m going to die here’: Wives of ISIS fighters want to return home to Canada

https://globalnews.ca/news/4529299/wive ... paign=2014

I’m going to die here’: Wives of ISIS fighters want to return home to Canada
By Stewart Bell
October 11th, 2018
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In an exclusive Global News series, Stewart Bell reports from Iraq and Syria on the aftermath of the war against the so-called Islamic State. In Part 3, Global speaks with two Canadian women held at a camp in Syria for the families of ISIS fighters. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.


WATCH: Toronto woman captured in Syria says husband tricked her into going to Syria

From the road, Roj Camp looks like the other tent cities that have sprung up in Syria — a grid of white tarp and children flying kites made from sticks and plastic bags.

But the armed Kurdish fighters guarding the front gate are a sign it’s not just another refugee camp: It’s a detention centre for the captured wives and children of the so-called Islamic State.

And seven of them are Canadians.

“I’m going to die here,” one of them, a 26-year-old Toronto woman, told Global News in an interview at the camp in northeast Syria.

READ MORE: Canadian member of Islamic State caught, but RCMP struggle to lay charges against ISIS fighters

The wife of a Lebanese ISIS fighter, she was captured by Kurdish forces last December and brought to the site near the Iraqi border.

While she said she had spoken online with a Canadian official about coming home, that was months ago and she had not heard from the government since.

“My country’s not doing anything for me. No one cares,” said the woman, who has three children, all born in Syria.

A 23-year-old from Montreal was at the same camp with her two children. The wife of a German ISIS fighter, she too spoke to a Canadian official about returning but without any result to date.

“Seeing nothing from Canada is actually making us lose hope,” she said.

WATCH: Canadian ISIS fighter captured in northern Syria speaks out



The Canadians are among almost 500 foreign women affiliated with ISIS who have been captured and are being held at camps in Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria. Another 1,000 are minors.

In addition to the women at Roj Camp, Vancouver’s Rida Jabbar, the wife of high-profile Canadian ISIS member Mohamed Ali, was detained with her two children at a different camp.

That brings the total number of Canadians identified by Global News to three women and seven kids, in addition to three male fighters. A Kurdish official said the numbers could rise as the U.S.-backed Syrian Defence Forces retake the last ISIS strongholds.

Abdulkarim Omar, co-chair of Foreign Affairs for the Democratic Self-Administration of North Syria.
Abdulkarim Omar, co-chair of Foreign Affairs for the Democratic Self-Administration of North Syria. Global News
The Western families are mostly kept at Roj Camp, which was initially built for Iraqi refugees, a few of whom remain. It is run by the Syrian Democratic Forces, the military alliance that controls the region. But the Kurds want to shut down the camp, preferably before the winter cold arrives.

According to Kurdish authorities, the Canadian government showed an initial interest in bringing the Canadians home and had them fill out passport application forms.

But Ottawa suddenly stopped the repatriation process for reasons the Kurds do not understand, said Abdulkarim Omar, co-chair of foreign affairs for the administration that controls the region.

“Those women and children who were brought up according to the fanatic ideology of ISIL, they need rehabilitation,” Omar said. “And this of course needs capabilities and we don’t have these capabilities.”

WATCH: Canadian member of Islamic State caught and held in Syria speaks with Global News


The two Canadian women at Roj Camp were interviewed by Global News and academic researcher Prof. Amarnath Amarasingam. Both women consented to being interviewed on camera on the condition they could cover their faces and would not be named.

Prior to the interviews, Global News signed a paper agreeing to respect international human rights laws. It also said detainees did not have to answer questions. The camp manager was in the room during the interviews but did not interfere.

In this Thursday, April 5, 2018 photo, the remains of buildings line a street that was damaged last summer during fighting between U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters and Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, Syria.
In this Thursday, April 5, 2018 photo, the remains of buildings line a street that was damaged last summer during fighting between U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters and Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Both Canadian women insisted they were not active in the conflict and had spent their time under ISIS as homemakers. One of them said her husband, whom she met online, tricked her into coming to Syria.

“I was just a person who went with her husband,” the Toronto woman said. “I never hurt anyone. I never shot anyone. I never killed anyone. I never did anything horrible to anyone. Just the fact that I went there, you know, that’s the biggest thing. And I don’t even know how to shoot a gun, I don’t know nothing.”

Amarasingam said their stories were similar to those of other foreign women married to ISIS fighters. He described their roles as “a kind of revolutionary domesticity” in which they supported the ISIS cause by staying at home and having children.

“I think once the war heated up in Mosul and Raqqah they also got to the point where they didn’t want to see their kids killed. They wanted to find a way out and some of them made arrangements to leave,” he said.

WATCH: 16×9 investigates the Female recruits to ISIS


The eldest of the women is a Somali-Canadian who said she grew up in Toronto’s Dixon Road neighbourhood and met her husband online.

He was Lebanese but in November 2014 he sent her to Istanbul, where he had arranged for a man named Abu Mohamed to meet her, she said.

She thought Abu Mohamed was going to take her to Lebanon to be with her husband, she said, but instead, he brought her across the border into Syria.

Her daughter was born in Raqqah, the former hub of ISIS activity. She said she stayed at home and was unaware of the atrocities ISIS was committing as it sought to force its rigid version of Islamic law on the population.

“Pretty much the whole time I was in Raqqah,” she said. “The women just stayed in their houses, they didn’t do anything.”

When the bombing began, she was terrified, she said. During her third pregnancy, she decided to return to Canada.

“I thought that maybe if I go back I can give birth, start over, you know like, I know Canadians are different than anyone else. They believe in second chances.”

READ MORE: Calls for independent review after report shows 3 Canadians targeted in Syria and Iraq

Last December, she set off with her kids intending to cross into Turkey but she was stopped at a Kurdish checkpoint. “Cause I’m obvious, you know, I’m Somalian. So they took us straight to the prison.”

She was taken nine months ago to Roj Camp, which currently holds 370 families, 100 of them foreigners. Most are from North Africa but there are also Europeans and North Americans.

Her sister said the Toronto family was talking to Global Affairs Canada but the process was slow-moving and officials had provided no timeline for her return.

The case was unique because she only ended up in Syria as a result of her husband’s deception, the sister said.

“She had no idea where she was going,” she said. “We just want her to come back.”

WATCH: Expert says Canada should bring back wives, children of ISIS fighters


The Montreal woman said she became more devout at Montreal’s Collège Ahuntsic, where she was inspired by the Muslim converts she met.

The “sisters” encouraged her to pray and cover herself, she said. But nobody recruited her, she insisted. “To come over here, that was really on my own. It was not anyone trying to push me.”

She said she no longer felt comfortable in Canada.

“I was feeling like I’m different from the others, you know, because the moment you cover your face, everyone (was) just looking at you strangely.”

“And I was just like, OK, there’s a bunch of Muslims there (in Syria), everyone is the same,” she said. “I want to live under the rules of Allah, you know, and as long as there’s a place where it’s being used, I have to go over there.”

WATCH: Montreal woman who married ISIS fighter wants a second chance


She flew to Turkey and crossed into Syria, where she lived with other women at an ISIS house in the city of Jarabulus. She said she was not permitted to leave the house without a male escort, which she soon realized meant she would have to marry.

“They don’t force you but it’s like, if I don’t get married, I don’t leave this house,” she said.

A German ISIS fighter eventually came by and asked if anyone wanted to get married. She went to meet him and accompanied him to Raqqah.

READ MORE: Canada’s plan for managing the return of ISIS fighters revealed in documents

She felt she was “just living like a normal family.” She had a TV, internet, a daughter and a husband. Being at home, she never witnessed the horrific crimes of ISIS, she said.

But with the start of the bombing campaign, it became impossible to ignore that she was in a war zone. She began asking if she should get out. Pregnant with a second child, she left Raqqah for Mosul, Iraq, and then came back to Syria.

“At the end, we were just, like, from city to city because every city was getting destroyed and you just have to run away,” she said.

To get her home, her mother paid a smuggler to bring her and the children — including her unborn child — to Turkey. “My mom planned everything,” she said.

WATCH: Montreal woman who married ISIS fighter explains why she went to Syria



They passed through five of the checkpoints that are everywhere in Syria’s northeast. But at the biggest one, the soldiers asked for ID. The smuggler tried to pass her off as his wife’s sister, but they looked nothing alike and under questioning, she came clean.

She gave the date of her capture as Oct. 23, 2017.

She gave birth in a prison she said had no medical facilities. “There was nothing, absolutely nothing,” she said. “It was horrible.”

After 63 days she was moved to Roj Camp, where she now lives in a tent and spends the days caring for her kids and waiting for the Canadian government to take her out.

No Canadian officials have visited her, she said, but she did speak with one. “They were asking, like, is everything OK, where we are.”

The official asked whether she preferred to go home through Iraq or Turkey, and she opted for the latter. She said that was five or six months ago. Since then, “nothing, nothing. I’m just having information from my mom, that’s it.”

She insists she is not a danger.

“I don’t want to do anything, I just want to live a normal life and be with my children and that’s it,” she said. “Even if it’s, like, that I have to be, like, judged in Canada and get prison, everything, I absolutely don’t care.”

“I just want my children out of here.”

WATCH: Toronto ISIS wife says she feels abandoned by Canada


Both women said they had filled out passport applications but had not received any response.

“I think it’s kind of imperative on Canada to bring them back,” Amarasingam said. “Seven of them are under the age of five, living in a tent city in the desert, under the heat and with winter two months away.”

He said the government’s reluctance could be the result of concerns they might not face arrest if returned to Canada due to the challenges the RCMP faces in building cases against those active in overseas terror groups.

Canada also lacks the resources to put returnees under constant surveillance and does not have sufficient rehabilitation programs for them, he said. The Liberal government may also fear the political fallout of repatriating Canadians who were involved in ISIS.

The Toronto woman broke down as she appealed for help. She said the medical care at the camp was not good and the dust aggravated her asthma. She had been losing weight, she said.

“I’m really sick. My son, he has infection in his lungs.” She pointed to her daughter. “This one, she has asthma and the other one too. So, like, we’re getting more sick, you know.”

“I didn’t do anything,” she said. “I can’t take it anymore.”

“It’s not fair. We come from one of the best countries in the world and we’re suffering. Why?

“I’m so tired of this.”

Stewart.Bell@globalnews.ca
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