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The abbreviation CP does not just stand for child pornography and Conservapedia. It also stands for copy/paste. Primarily, sysops do this (because they are the ones immune from the hand of justice) to save themselves work by using the copy-paste function on the computers. If users are the ones accused of plagiarizing, they are banned, but Conservapedia retains the article.

The wonders of the internet that have enabled Conservapediaheads to plagiarise so much content, also make it easy to spot such dishonest behaviour; simply highlight a block of text in a 'normal' CP article and search for it using your favourite search engine. More often than not the entire text is ripped from somewhere else.

Here is a very incomplete yet still long list of occurrences. In addition to intellectual integrity, academic honesty and copyright law, Conservapedia Commandments 1 and 2 are relevant here.

Memo to Andy Schlafly: Plagiarism is a sin – and potentially illegal.


[edit] Articles with copious amounts of plagiarism

[edit] Karajou's copy/paste fest

Continue ad nauseum...

[edit] Plagiarized article series

  • Most articles written about weather by SharonS are stolen from here. Eye Wall is an excellent example.
  • A series of articles 'written' by cp:user:DrMaine appear to be cut-and-paste jobs. See cp:Argininosuccinicaciduria mentioned above. To be fair PJR and Tash have noted this, but let's see whether they're deleted.
  • Most articles contributed by cp:User:TheAmericanRedoubt are copied from other works, although TAR's attribution is very confusing. (For example, the text of two articles covering books were pasted in from summaries.) He has posted emails from two authors giving him permission to quote (as fair use), but then when it comes time to paste the material into articles, he fails to add quotation marks. He has created templates to attribute the material back to a trio of sources without citing back to a specific source. The permission emails are silent on whether the permission includes further copying by others from CP, so TAR has completely confused the licensing status of Conservapedia.

[edit] Image copyright violations

These are images that are copyrighted, used without apparent permission, and with no obvious "fair use" justification.

Fri, 8 Feb 2008 7:43 AM
Subject: -  Use of phototgraphs.[2]
Thanks for your email which has just been forward to me.

Any use of our material requires payment of licence fees - we do not operate a fair-use policy without payment - I believe have used our image without our permission.


Chi-Keat Man Syndication Account Manager

Telegraph Media Group Limited 111 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 0DT

Tel: +44-20-7931-**** Fax: +44-20-7931-**** Email: ************

This image in no way represents the original image as uploaded by Conservapedia

[edit] Copyright owner fights back

A picture of the Grand Canyon uploaded by Joaquin with the qualification "Fair Use" was overprinted at the source site with a rebuttal of that justification. It was deleted from Conservapedia!

[edit] Footnotes

  1. TK's Conservapedia article, "After the liberation of the camps in April 1945, Wiesel spent a few years in a French orphanage and in 1948 began to study in Paris at the Sorbonne." word for word plagiarizing Elie Wiesel Bio at
  2. Full email available on request
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