Plagiarism from Wikipedia

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Contributors to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia license their submitted content under a Creative Commons license, which permits re-use as long as attribution is given. However, there have been a number of occasions when persons have failed to give the necessary attribution and attempted to pass off material from Wikipedia as their own work. Such plagiarism is a violation of the Creative Commons license and, when discovered, can be a reason for embarrassment, professional sanctions, or legal issues.

In educational settings, students sometimes copy Wikipedia to fulfill class assignments.[1] A 2011 study by Turnitin found that Wikipedia was the most copied website by both secondary and higher education students.[2]

Notable instances[edit]

Many notable individuals and institutions have been credibly said to have committed plagiarism from Wikipedia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Should students be allowed to use Wikipedia as a source?". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  2. ^ "Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers Tops for Academic Copying - Plagiarism Today". Plagiarism Today. 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  3. ^ Motoko Rich (June 24, 2009), "Chris Anderson apologizes for plagiarizing Wikipedia", The New York Times
  4. ^ Talya Zax (October 4, 2017), "Poet Jill Bialosky Faces Plagiarism Accusations Over New Memoir", The Forward
  5. ^ "Trump pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book", CNNMoney, 2018-02-07, retrieved 2018-02-07
  6. ^ "Why plagiarism took down Monica Crowley, Trump's pick for a top national security post", The Washington Post, 2017-01-16, retrieved 2018-02-07
  7. ^ Flood, Alison (2013-03-25), "Jane Goodall book held back after accusations of plagiarism", The Guardian, retrieved 2018-02-07
  8. ^ Lichfield, John (2010-09-08), "I stole from Wikipedia but it's not plagiarism, says Houellebecq", The Independent, retrieved 2018-02-07
  9. ^ Joe Coscarelli (July 29, 2014), "Plagiarizing Wikipedia Is Still Plagiarism, at BuzzFeed or the New York Times", New York magazine
  10. ^ "Did McCain Plagiarize His Georgia Speech From Wikipedia?", The Huffington Post, September 11, 2008
  11. ^ Oxford University plagiarized Wikipedia, Kim Komando (, August 22, 2015
  12. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (2013-10-31), "Senator Rand Paul Is Accused of Plagiarizing His Lines From Wikipedia", The New York Times
  13. ^ Wong, Kristina (2016-11-17), "Intel chairman: Pentagon plagiarized Wikipedia in report to Congress", The Hill, retrieved 2018-02-07
  14. ^ Mike Masnick (May 14, 2010), Argentinian Politician's Proposal For New Anti-Plagiarism Law Plagiarizes Wikipedia, Techdirt
  15. ^ "Un diputado K presentó un proyecto de ley contra el plagio, plagiado" [A deputy who presented a bill against plagiarism, plagiarized]. Clarín. May 14, 2010.
  16. ^ "Gerónimo Vargas Aignasse - Presentó un proyecto contra el plagio y plagió a Wikipedia" [Gerónimo Vargas Aignasse-presented a project against plagiarism and plagiarized Wikipedia]. Todo Noticias. May 16, 2010. Archived from the original on May 21, 2010.
  17. ^ Marcus Fairs (20 March 2015), "Princeton accuses former architecture dean of making "inaccurate" plagiarism statement", Dezeen
  18. ^ "Okayama Pref. lawmakers copied Wikipedia entries in official reports on US trip", Mainichi Shimbun, January 31, 2018
  19. ^ "Italy's Five Star Movement accused of plagiarizing Wikipedia and rivals' political speeches in election programme", The Local Italy, February 8, 2018