Plagiarism By MSN India’s Content Partner

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Content from a post by Melanie Phung on the “10 Years of Viagra Spam” was allegedly plagiarised by MSN India’s content partner India Syndicate, by “Aditya Mehta”. Phung has a screencap here, and MSN India has since removed the content. The link now leads to, ironically, a post titled “Music makes kids calmer“. Last year, a sub-editor from Webdunia, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) India’s Malayalam content provider had plagiarized receipes, and Yahoo, which syndicated the content.

Kamla Bhatt, via whose blog I found out about this, contacted Krishna Prasad, Executive Editor of MSN India. Prasad says that their contract with vendors mentions plagiarism, and the company will look at ways to make sure this doesn’t happen again. More here.

So two questions for all the content providers reading this:
— What kind of checks would you put in to ensure that content the content on your website isn’t plagiarized?
— What’s the penalty that you would impose on an erring syndication partner?

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Ammar

I am astonished why she has not been removed from her position by so-called petroitic pakistanis.
she is playing her cunning role in KIU Gilgit baltistan, coz the people of these areas are very simple.
Dr.Najma Najam has appointed her retired colleagues for huge salaries. I think the Chief Minister of GB and Governer are busy in their own jobs having fullflage portfolios for them.
they do little bother to think about their national responibilities having such V V I P life.

Ammar

Dr Najma Najam an Ahmadi,Lahori or Qadiani women whos aim is to assist CIA and RAW to penatrate into our innocent soceity and to harm our culture plus bifercate pakistani muslims into sects.
she is the master of divide and rule policey.

Preet Sahi

Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Chairman Higher Education Commission and the Dr Suhail Naqvi are good persons who should be contacted by the Indian Intelligence Agencies because he is working very well to destroy the education standards in Pakistan. India Should pay them from the back door.

MO Abdullah

Mujahid Kamran Voice Chancellor Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan is Plagiarist, Shame for VC, Shame for HEC, Shame for Pakistan

The VC Mujahid Kamran has also committed plagiarism on the peak of his life. Now he commits that he has no research publication in the last 18 years. So his research career can be judged. I want to show the Mujahid Kamrans black face.
Please visit the web site at
http://www.forgeriesinpu.150m.com/index.html
Its just that I want to show the right face of these people. Hope you will spare some time for it.

Here are few prominent forgerers who are considered “Forgery Masters”
* Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran
* Prof. Dr. Najma Najam
* Prof. Dr. Yasmin Nilofer Farooqi
* Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar
* Prof. Dr. Shaukat Ali
For the time being we will be giving information regarding malpractices, forgeries, curruptions of above metioned culprits. Later on we will add forgeries and curroptions of other members and associates of this mafia.
Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran
Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran is the present Vice Chancellor University of the Punjab. From the day of his appointment as VC, University of the Punjab is in the clutches of his comrades Prof. Dr. Najma Najam, Prof. Dr. Mujahid Mansoori, Prof. Dr. Yasmin Nilofer Farooqi , Prof. Dr. Shaukat Ali etc. Dr. Mujahid Kamran is known as “Forger” and “Political Blackmailer” With the blessing of Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman (Chairman H.E.C), Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi (Executive Director H.E.C) and sheltered by Begd. (rtd) Ijaz Shah (Former I.B Head), present Vice Chancellor is bent upon ruining the peace of the University of the Punjab.
Please see web site
http://www.forgeriesinpu.150m.com/index.html
His competency can be judged that he was dropped in M. Phill (Physics) programe at Quaid-a-Azam University, Islamabad in 1972.
Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran is also involved in serious forgeries like tempering and producing fake documents to gain illegal benefits. He illegally promote his wife Prof. Dr. Najma Najam to Professor Meritorious despite of the fact that she is still in active service (Visit University of the Punjab website). Using political influence is a common negativity of this gang. There were some serious objections upon his selection raised by the chancellor’s office.

MobStir

If you pay peanuts, you get monkies.

The first thing i would do is to identify the writer who submitted the plaigerised product and stick his picture on the site and ensure he never copies again. See how this trend stops.

Then educate people on what constitutes plagerising. Most Indians have copied sometime or the other knowing or unknowingly. Its just people dont know better.

So make them aware of the risks by creating an example and then provide them with the tools to learn what does it mean and avoid it.

Chillibreeze

Nikhil, instead of playing the blame game, these portals should try and invest in creating a foolproof plagiarism detection software/tool. There are many such free tools on the web but none of them are perfect.

We are a content company and lots of times, freelance writers try to pull a fast one on us. This is a big problem in India! We do have stringent QC measures in place but sometimes, it is impossible to detect plagiarism, especially if content is copied from print publications. Anyone have any solutions?

Which is the best tool online to check for plagiarism? Copyscape is good but from experience, we know that it sometimes provides incomplete results (Yes, even the premium version!).

And of course, if I were in MSN's place, I would do a detailed search on my websites to find out if any other articles have instances of plagiarism. There is a high chance they might.

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