“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. ”
by Eleanor Roosevelt
What for to keep track of recent plagiarism news regularly? The answer seems to be obvious. You need to know much about possible risks long before they may occur. Otherwise you will hardly be able to take up necessary precautions not to get into trouble or not to cause troubles to others instead.
That’s why it’s so important to look through the latest news about plagiarism and draw up certain conclusions or make a kind of “nota bene” reminders for future.
It Is Worth Your Attention!
So, one of the recently published news concerned a dispute between the Swedish journalists and a web company providing links to articles placed on other web resources.
The Swedish journalists representing Goteborgs-Posten newspaper were accused by Retriever Sverige, a web company, of reposting the articles, the links to which were freely accessible on the web site of the latter. Notwithstanding the fact that Retriever Sverige doesn’t operate a paywall, the Swedish court didn’t justify the journalists.
However the decision was appealed later on and the Swedish Court of Appeal addressed to the EU Court of Justice to return a verdict. As a result, Goteborgs-Posten was found not guilty since “Under EU copyright law, authors have the exclusive right to authorize or prohibit any communication to the public of their works”  whereas Retriever Sverige didn’t impose any restrictions on the information published on its web site.
Namely the decision taken by the EU Court of Justice ran as follows:
“The owner of a website may, without the authorization of the copyright holders, redirect internet users, via hyperlinks, to protected works available on a freely accessible basis on another site.”
Sounds Reasonably, Doesn’t It?
Should an opposite decision was made, all of us would be supposed to never ever link to free web resources unless official permissions from web owners are obtained. Moreover, taking into account enormous number of those constantly reposting something they need, the number of penalties imposed would be as large too. Still, if you need a guarantee to prevent yourself from being involved into the court proceedings of the kind, you may always contact web site owners to get authorized to do it.
Now You Know The Way Out!
Well, if you happen to be in the similar situation, you should be certain of your being not guilty and you know what facts may help change a plaintiff’s mind!
P.S.: Have you recently read anything useful related to plagiarism? What conclusions have you drawn for yourself? Please, leave your messages below.