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It’s Not Plagiarism! It’s Not! Not!


Judging from emails received, a number of people on the left are working furiously to find a distinction that will allow them to exempt Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown from charges of plagiarism. After an initial group of “it’s OK if a politician does it” emails came a group of “dailykos disclaimer” emails like those sent to Jonah. “Don’t you get it?” writes one. “Bloggers *want* their ideas to be adopted by politicians!” Still another cites Nathan Newman’s embrace of the dailykos disclaimer as proof that anything lifted from a public domain source is fair game:

The reporter saying that Brown’s letter “was plagiarized” is flatly inaccurate. The reality is that politicians used public domain sources in a whole host of ways and using my blog post was no different.


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