Plagiarism from Wikipedia
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. A 2011 study by Turnitin found that Wikipedia was the most copied website by both secondary and higher education students.
Many notable individuals and institutions have been credibly said to have committed plagiarism from Wikipedia.
- Chris Anderson (writer)
- Jill Bialosky
- Monica Crowley
- Jane Goodall
- Michel Houellebecq
- Benny Johnson (journalist)
- John McCain
- Oxford University Press
- Rand Paul
- "The Pentagon"
- Gerónimo Vargas Aignasse
- Alejandro Zaera-Polo
- Okayama Prefectural Assembly
- Five Star Movement (Italian party)
- "Should students be allowed to use Wikipedia as a source?". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
- "Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers Tops for Academic Copying - Plagiarism Today". Plagiarism Today. 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
- Motoko Rich (June 24, 2009), "Chris Anderson apologizes for plagiarizing Wikipedia", The New York Times
- Talya Zax (October 4, 2017), "Poet Jill Bialosky Faces Plagiarism Accusations Over New Memoir", The Forward
- "Trump pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book", CNNMoney, 2018-02-07, retrieved 2018-02-07
- "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
- Flood, Alison (2013-03-25), "Jane Goodall book held back after accusations of plagiarism", The Guardian, retrieved 2018-02-07
- Lichfield, John (2010-09-08), "I stole from Wikipedia but it's not plagiarism, says Houellebecq", The Independent, retrieved 2018-02-07
- Joe Coscarelli (July 29, 2014), "Plagiarizing Wikipedia Is Still Plagiarism, at BuzzFeed or the New York Times", New York magazine
- "Did McCain Plagiarize His Georgia Speech From Wikipedia?", The Huffington Post, September 11, 2008
- Oxford University plagiarized Wikipedia, Kim Komando (komando.com), August 22, 2015
- Peters, Jeremy W. (2013-10-31), "Senator Rand Paul Is Accused of Plagiarizing His Lines From Wikipedia", The New York Times
- Wong, Kristina (2016-11-17), "Intel chairman: Pentagon plagiarized Wikipedia in report to Congress", The Hill, retrieved 2018-02-07
- Mike Masnick (May 14, 2010), Argentinian Politician's Proposal For New Anti-Plagiarism Law Plagiarizes Wikipedia, Techdirt
- "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.
- "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.
- Marcus Fairs (20 March 2015), "Princeton accuses former architecture dean of making "inaccurate" plagiarism statement", Dezeen
- "Okayama Pref. lawmakers copied Wikipedia entries in official reports on US trip", Mainichi Shimbun, January 31, 2018
- "Italy's Five Star Movement accused of plagiarizing Wikipedia and rivals' political speeches in election programme", The Local Italy, February 8, 2018