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Plagiarism and the Creative Commons license

Everything I publish here is covered under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. Basically this means anyone is free to use it, share it, or adapt it as they like, as long as they credit me for the original work and don’t use it commercially.

I bring this up because I had a plagiarism issue arise recently, for the first time in almost two years of blogging here.

A reader notified me in the comments of one of my Ubuntu how-to tutorials that he believed someone had “ripped me off.” I followed the link and found an article in a forum that was clearly my work with a little bit of rewording and some spelling errors added. Same structure, same paragraph breaks, same sentence sequence, and the code sections were letter-for-letter identical.

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