Plagiarism today!

Stealing code can be a lot of fun, as long as you don’t get caught. Enter Mr. Karthikeyan.

A while ago, a WordPress user by the name of 0xscore posted a code snippet on his blog, which he has (sadly) deleted. Even though the blog is gone, I will not remove it from my link list out of principle. Hopefully, he will create another blog and start posting.

(Edit_  Thank you Google cache!)

Mr. Karthikeyan found it appropriate to “appropriate” this code and post it on his own blog with no credit to the original author… I was going to post this a while ago, but didn’t get the chance to do so. I will correct this injustice now.

As you can see, in this comment, I politely pointed out to Mr. Karthikeyan that this code had been posted on the previous day. Unsurprisingly, he did not approve it. Instead, he saw it fit to quietly delete the whole post.

Shame on you, Mr. Karthikeyan. Either, you should have posted a link to the original author’s blog or corrected your error and admit that you didn’t orignally include the author’s name. Tsk, tsk.

0xscore, if you get a chance to read this, please come back! You had some interesting code posted and some helpful info. It would be a shame to lose that. I’m sorry your first WordPress experience didn’t go well, but you shouldn’t let it get to you.

Update:

Surprise! Mr. Karthikeyan is at it again. I wouldn’t be surprised if this post were to disappear as well.

This time, the victim is Wikipedia. Granted Wikipedia does allow reproducing its content under the terms of the GPL, however that license also mentions something about citations. Don’t bother searching for a citation or any mention of Wikipedia as the source on that post, other than the links to other terms, you won’t find any.

Update Update…

Hello! we now have the Wikipedia link for the code. Now we will wait and see if the India vs Australia story will have a similar link.

The Wikipedia page :

Mr. Karthikeyan’s “adaptation” :

He didn’t even bother to change a few words around as many other plagiarists would be inclined to do.

The actual code from Wikipedia :

Mr. Karthikeyan’s unaltered version :

Most people tend to copy unknown or semi-obscure sources to protect themselves from this type of identification. Apparently Wikipedia being one of the most popular sites on Earth seems to have slipped his mind.

Here’s a fun activity for the whole family….

Take a peek at his front page as it is now, then Google the term “Sir Edmund Hillary’s most famous quote” in quotation marks.

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