Post Stupid Stuff – Make Sure Its Yours

Post Stupid Stuff – Make Sure Its Yours

Post Stupid Stuff – Make Sure Its Yours…when I read a blog there are two things that I completely fail to understand…well let’s make that three things.

  1. Anyone that is considering writing a blog, or even sending a letter to a newspaper should ask themselves a very simple question. Am I capable of adding an original thought to a discussion, expressing a view, opinion or theory that articulates a thought or concept that the came up with on their own? Post Stupid Stuff - Make Sure Its YoursIt is no different than watching political discourse where one person is repeating what they heard on CNN, and the person is regurgitating FOX. If that is what you want, at least the television has an off switch.

2. If you are going to quote from a court opinion or other published source, observe proper rules for attribution[1], and quotations[2] there are readily available resources for reference. The structured rules [Bluebook[3]] for citations to statute, regulations, administrative and judicial authority are the bane of just about every first-year law and graduate tax students. There are numerous references for a citation to tax research[4] As an absolute statement while hyperlinking has not entirely replaced the traditional forms of attribution and citation to authority, there is absolutely no excuse NOT to reference source material.

When it is done properly, the references provide readers that wish to delve deeper into a topic the jumping off points. Further, the reference to authority is an absolutely critical element in establishing the provenance of original research and scholarly work.

3. No matter what else you decide to undertake, do not, and lets all repeat DO NOT use the work of another person, copyrighted or not, and misrepresent, whether by an overt act of commission or omission as your own. An act of plagiarism[5] is almost certain to destroy the careers of numerous individuals particularly journalists, attorneys, CPA’s and financial professionals.

We could expound on these three rules ad nauseum. Suffice it to say, for those of us that that use reference materials as part of our professions on a daily basis, content that adheres to these rules is a pleasure, and content that doesn’t is best reserved for clean up after one has completed the process of expelling feces from their anus [Note: that is my effort at practicing restraint with respect to the use of language for which I am admonished on a regular basis.

Finally, any high school or college student can tell you about the supernatural powers that modern plagiarism checking software has.

An excellent example of software for online publishers such as writers & journalists, unique content is very important. Your main challenge is producing or obtaining original content. Whether you’re a blog owner or a professional content writer, Plagiarism Checker X can help you avoid plagiarism charges.

YOU DON’T WANT TO BE THIS PERSON

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[1] The advent of the internet and hyperlinking has caused amazing advances the ability to reference published works. What used to require hours to go trek to a reference library to look up  can now be accomplished either with a mouse click or at worst, a “Google search” A sample of some of the of the best practices for attribution and quotation are:

  • Creative Commons [“CC”] – Best Practices for Attribution – You can use CC-licensed materials as long as you follow the license conditions. One condition of all CC licenses is attribution. Here are some good (and not so good) examples of attribution. Note: If you want to learn how to mark your own material with a CC license go here.
  • Publishing Guidelines – Third-Party Content – The Washington PostWe should assume that our audience will hold us accountable for third-party content on washingtonpost.com, whether it is embedded, copied or simply paraphrased. So, follow common-sense rules: Don’t embed a video without having watched the entire clip. Know exactly what a block of foreign-language text says before excerpting it. Look at the entire Web page you link to before posting a link to ensure that other headlines and posts, side modules or ads are appropriate.”
  • The ‘Fair Use’ Rule: When Use of Copyrighted Material Is Acceptable [Nolo Press] – “Copyright law bestows certain exclusive rights on creators. For example, under 17 U.S. Code § 106, copyright holders have the exclusive right to reproduce their work, create derivative works, and perform the work publicly. But these exclusive rights are not absolute. The doctrine of fair use creates important exceptions. 

Under the “fair use” defense, another author may make limited use of the original author’s work without asking permission. Pursuant to 17 U.S. Code § 107, certain uses of copyrighted material “for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.”

As a matter of policy, fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. The fair use privilege is perhaps the most significant limitation on a copyright owner’s exclusive rights. If you write or publish, you need a basic understanding of what does and does not constitute fair use.”

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[2] MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

[3] The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

[4] Below are links to citation guides, including those focused on tax law citations.

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[5] Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgment. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition.

“According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to “plagiarize” means

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
  • to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterward.” Source – Plagerism.org

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Author: abizcannabis

Managing Director & CEO of integrated transactional financial advisory, tax, and technology consulting firm - aBIZinaBOX Inc New York, Chicago, and OaklandCPA.CITP.CISM.CGEIT.CGMAExpertise with: Alt. Investments/Private Equity, Real Estate, Professional Services, CA Cannabis, Tech Start-Ups and Distressed Assets/DebtTechnology Certifications including:Advanced & High Complexity Cloud Integrator AICPA PCPS, CAQ,, IMTA, CITP ISACA CGEIT, CISMState CPA Societies in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and TexasExpertise with Regulatory Compliance - US - HIPAA, FINRA, SEC Rule 17(a)(3)/(4), eDiscovery, FINCEN - EU- EBA, ESMA, EIOPA UK - BoE, PRA, FCA