Aggregation or Plagiarism?

Are current aggregation practices crossing the line into plagiarism?
Are current aggregation practices crossing the line into plagiarism?

The almighty HuffPo was called out by Simon Dumenco of AdAge last week in his article What It’s Like to Get Used and Abused by The Huffington Post. Be sure and read the article. He makes a well-researched case against their aggregation habits.

Many of the publications I subscribe to (especially through email) aggregate other sources of content pretty heavily. I’m pretty used to it, after all, my guilty pleasure is celebrity gossip. TMZ is often the source for breaking entertainment news, but the entertainment biz has historically been more forthcoming with source credits. Enter Huffington Post, et al.

I am pretty disturbed by the aggregation of content without upfront attribution. It’s simply not enough to mention it at the end of a post. Aggregation of content works for everyone. I could only dream of being picked up by a major outlet. But, let’s face it, I would be pretty steamed if someone quoted me nearly word-for-word without proper attribution.

What do you think? Are we crossing a line in favor of sharing content?

Lisa DuBois Low is co-founder of SmartGirlsDigital and writes for the company blog, where this article originally ran. Follow SmartGirlsDigital on Twitter @SmartGirls2 and like us on Facebook.

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