Copy-paste? Think twice : A deep dive into the world of online plagiarism

No, the Internet is not like international waters. We speak to legal experts and content creators about where netizens should be vigilant

Truth has perhaps been the most obvious casualty of the Internet age, as copy-paste culture has permeated the creative process. And nowhere has this been more visible than in mass media.

With the lockdown adding to the woes of an already economically stressed sector, the print industry has become victim of fly-by-night operators who duplicate copyrighted material, often within seconds of its publication online.

After the lockdown, copyright and trademark violations have increased in the virtual world, says N Karthikeyan, cyber law advocate at the Madras High Court. “These days anyone with a mobile phone can start a YouTube channel. With no legitimate source for content, creators are stealing copyright-protected material,” he says in a phone interview. He also cites the growing incidence of fake domains being created

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In the streets and online, go-go’s drumbeat for social change remains a constant

Still, a broader message seemed to bloom when the band segued from “You Can’t Mute Us” into a percolating rendition of Sade’s classic carpe-diem love song “Cherish the Day.” As ever with go-go music — that District-born style of hyper-funk where bands use timbales and congas to stitch a set of disparate tunes into one contiguous piece of dance music — it was difficult to mark where one song ended and the other began. And so Pure Elegance was drumming home one of go-go’s central metaphors: Everything is connected.

With our city’s nightlife shut down for the foreseeable future, Washington’s go-go scene has fought hard to keep itself connected this summer. Out in the streets, go-go music became the de facto soundtrack of the District’s Black Lives Matter protests, with various groups rolling around the city’s grid on parade floats, offering a propulsive rhythm for protesters’ marching feet. Online, go-go

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Information Technology Services brings USC together for online learning

When COVID-19 threatened to disrupt USC’s family ties and sense of connection this semester, experts in USC Information Technology Services quickly stepped in.

They had to provide a virtual space online where Trojan students, faculty, staff and alumni could get together while they stayed physically apart. And they had to do it fast.

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“We moved up to fifth gear in March, and we haven’t really backed down from there,” said Veronica Garcia, associate chief information officer of application services. “Last semester was the disruptor, and it was about reacting and learning how to be online. This semester, we knew we had to provide more.”

Dozens of ITS developers, coders and technicians studied ways to use technology to bring Trojans together. They were joined by ITS communication and training experts to plan, promote and teach people how to use the new tech. The result: virtual learning for students this fall that

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Slow internet plagues regional artists, as art world moves online during COVID-19 lockdown

When COVID-19 altered the known landscape, regional artists found themselves in uncharted territory that required some seriously creative navigating.

Suddenly, every gallery, music venue and dance studio was closed, and every writers’ festival was cancelled or postponed.

Artists of all ilks were unable to collaborate with their peers, network professionally, and — worst of all — reach their audiences.

Like many authors and book illustrators, Victoria-based Shelley Knoll-Miller did most of her professional networking at writers’ festivals and literary conferences.

“When the first lockdown occurred, I had several conferences lined up and book visits lined up as well, and then suddenly, that was just kiboshed,” Ms Knoll-Miller said.

Over the past five months, artists around Australia have partially solved these problems by harnessing the connective powers of the internet, and developing creative ways of making and sharing art.

But many of Victoria’s regional artists — including Ms Knoll-Miller who lives

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Oshkosh Public Library computer and pickup service appointments can now be made online

OSHKOSH – The Oshkosh Public Library has added an online option to make an appointment for curbside pickup and computer use.


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The scheduling tool, which may be accessed at, offers eight service options: general computer use, computer use for older adults or high-risk individuals, express computer use for quick printing, curbside pickup of library materials, educational take-home kits, copy and fax machine access, device charging and notary services.

Patrons are able to pick their appointment type and follow the prompts to reserve a time. They may also call 920-236-5205 to make an appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

A library card is not required to access the provided services. 

Masks are required, and computer stations will be sanitized between visits. Hand sanitizer will be available for use before and after

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In 2020, Californians will have new privacy rights online

The internet is going to look, and work, a little different starting today. That’s because Californians have new rights over how their personal information is gathered, stored and sold by any company operating in the state as of Jan. 1, thanks to the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA.

As businesses scramble to get in compliance with the law, you’ve probably seen a rash of pop-up notifications and emails about privacy policy updates. You also may have noticed the small-print “do not sell my information” buttons that have started appearing at the bottom of websites.

But what are these new rights? How can you actually exercise them? And will any of this make a difference in how you use the internet?

Three new rights are at the heart of the CCPA, the strongest consumer data privacy law in the nation: the right to know, the right to delete, and the

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