Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery. Except When It’s Plagiarism

Monday, February 9th, 2009

So I do appreciate that there are people out there who want to get libertarian ideas into the Internet zeitgest. I also appreciate that some of those people consider this site a good source of material.

But if you’re going to quote me word for word, at least link back here, or note that you’re quoting me.

I’ve noticed this several times at Digg and Reddit over the last six months or so.

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12 Responses to “Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery. Except When It’s Plagiarism”

  1. #1 |  Fritz | 

    I agree. The way I see it, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Except when it’s plagiarism.

  2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Do like I do when someone steals my pictures. Put out a contract on him.

  3. #3 |  Brandon Bowers | 

    Fritz: Nice.

  4. #4 |  ceanf | 

    which comment is it?

  5. #5 |  Ganja Blue | 

    Radley, I’ve noticed that you’ve licensed your work under a Creative Commons license (link at bottom of page.) So individuals that copy your work verbatim, without attribution are also in violation of that license.

  6. #6 |  Julian | 

    Fritz: Nice

    Thanks to Brandon

  7. #7 |  Howlin' Hobbit | 

    While I agree that one should always cite their source material, I disagree with the headline.

    Imitation ain’t it. Money is the sincerest form of flattery. When I get a gig, I want them to just flatter the hell out of me.

  8. #8 |  pegr | 

    It’s the Internet. This cr@p happens all the time. No reason to get your knickers in a twist. It’s just the headline, and the site was a public posting site anyway. Fools abound out here.

    (I almost said “knockers in a twist”… That really would be the Internet, now wouldn’t it?)

  9. #9 |  SusanK | 

    I agree with Fritz. Radley should be happy. Like I always say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Except when it’s plagiarism.

  10. #10 |  Cynical In CA | 

    T.S. Eliot wrote “Mediocre artists imitate, great artists copy.”

    Lots of great artists out there I guess.

  11. #11 |  John-David | 

    I’ve wondered about that myself, because I’ve seen your articles, while attributed, reprinted word for word at

  12. #12 |  Rick Caldwell | 

    I often find material here for my site. I also find a lot of material elsewhere that ends up here as well (usually before I post it, much to my frustration). If I wasn’t attributing with hat tips, I’d have a hard time telling which is which. I’ve speculated in the past that Radley and I have a lot of the same feeds in our respective RSS readers. That happens, due to common interests, and common themes on both of our websites.

    But word for word copying is just laughable.