Plagiarism from Wikipedia

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Contributors to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, often referred to as Wikipedians, license their submitted content under a Creative Commons license, which permits re-use as long as attribution is given. However, there have been a number of occasions when persons have failed to give the necessary attribution and attempted to pass off material from Wikipedia as their own work. Such plagiarism is a violation of the Creative Commons license and, when discovered, can be a reason for embarrassment, professional sanctions, or legal issues.

In educational settings, students sometimes copy Wikipedia to fulfill class assignments.[1] A 2011 study by Turnitin found that Wikipedia was the most copied website by both secondary and higher education students.[2]

Notable instances[edit]

Many notable individuals and institutions have been credibly said to have committed plagiarism from Wikipedia.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "A famed oncologist's bestselling new health book about 'animal secrets' got yanked off the shelves after the LA Times discovered he copied from Wikipedia". Yahoo News. 6 March 2023. Archived from the original on 27 November 2023. Retrieved 6 January 2024.
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  11. ^ Lichfield, John (2010-09-08), "I stole from Wikipedia but it's not plagiarism, says Houellebecq", The Independent, archived from the original on 2010-09-11, retrieved 2018-02-07
  12. ^ Stewart, William (October 8, 2010), "IB lifted exam marking guides from Wikipedia", The Times Educational Supplement, p. 1, An IB examiner who spoke to The TES said they were "shocked" to discover there were "serious examples of academic dishonesty", throughout the document with guides for 14 of the 24 questions containing large sections copied wholesale from unattributed websites, including Wikipedia. The TES has learned that the mark scheme is one of at least three being urgently investigated by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) over plagiarism allegations as part of a "wide review" into the issue.
  13. ^ Alba, Davey (March 29, 2020). "How Russia's Troll Farm Is Changing Tactics Before the Fall Election". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 2, 2022. Retrieved March 30, 2020. The Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, which interfered in the 2016 election, is using different methods to hide itself better...Now Russian operators are trying to avoid detection by copying and pasting chunks of texts from other sources directly into their posts. When Facebook took down 50 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency in October [2019], many of the posts featured text copied from Wikipedia.
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  20. ^ Long, Katherine; Newsham, Jack; Parakul, Narimes (5 January 2024). "Academic celebrity Neri Oxman plagiarized from Wikipedia, scholars, a textbook, and other sources without any attribution". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 2024-01-06. Retrieved 2024-01-06.
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  22. ^ Wong, Kristina (2016-11-17), "Intel chairman: Pentagon plagiarized Wikipedia in report to Congress", The Hill, archived from the original on 2018-02-08, retrieved 2018-02-07
  23. ^ Keynes, Soumya; Parker, George (26 October 2023). "New book from shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves lifts from Wikipedia". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 6 January 2024. Retrieved 26 October 2023.
  24. ^ Amanda Bartlett (June 5, 2022). "Bay Area woman paid to write county history book reportedly plagiarized from Wikipedia, SF news outlets". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on May 10, 2023. Retrieved January 6, 2024. After the 580-page manuscript was finally submitted by Jean McCorquodale last January, the Mercury News found that many excerpts were allegedly copied word-for-word from the websites she was drawing her research from, including a section from the Wikipedia page for politician Jonathan D. Stevenson, a paragraph from a History Channel article about the Spanish-American War's Treaty of Paris and segments from another page on the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation website.
  25. ^ Markay, Lachlan. "Book Alleging Biden Corruption in Ukraine Lifted Passages From Wikipedia". The Daily Beast. Archived from the original on October 3, 2019. The Daily Beast found more than a dozen instances in which Secret Empires, the bestselling book by investigative journalist Peter Schweizer, copied nearly complete sentences or sizable portions of them verbatim or near-verbatim from other sources. In a number of instances, those sources were uncited Wikipedia pages created before the book's publication in early 2018.
  26. ^ "Parts of Michael Gove's levelling-up plan copied from Wikipedia". The Independent. 2022-02-04. Archived from the original on 2022-12-13. Retrieved 2022-02-04.
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