As you know, plagiarism in the blogging world is nothing new and it is apparently running rampant. What do you think, if anything, can be done by us as a community to help curb this problem?
You may have already seen my thoughts on the problem at hand (if not you can read my rant here). There are only two solutions I can come up with. The first is education: Do they not realize that taking paragraphs is plagiarism? Do they not understand what the term "plagiarism" means? Perhaps we should make this very clear on our blogs?
The second solution is a boycott of the blogs of repeat offenders. This seems like an extreme measure, right? Perhaps.
However, how else are we to make it clear as a community we won't put up with someone stealing our stuff? If we confront them and they don't take it down, what is the next step? Would we not boycott someone going around our communities stealing wallets or our books or our other possessions? We would totally send them packing. Rat them out. Turn them over to the police, right? So why aren't we doing more about plagiarism on blogs? Is it because we don't think of it as stealing? Because it totally is. Our words are still our possessions. We wouldn't standby while someone ripped off John Green or Neil Gaiman's words. Plagiarism is wrong. We worked hard to write what we did and it is not fair or just for someone else to come along and willy-nilly pick it up and plop it down in front of them claiming they wrote it.
Perhaps we don't know what we should do. Should we not be brainstorming about it then? Before it happens another time and another time, quite possibly to US next?
Perhaps you have a better idea. What do YOU think can or should be done about bloggers plagiarizing other bloggers?