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Writer vs. Copyscape

Once again I’ve been informed by a client that Copyscape “identified plagiarized material” in an original article I wrote. Since every article I write is 100% original (and I find it difficult to imagine another writer coming up with exactly the same words I would use) I don’t worry much about Copyscape.

Unless, of course, I’m doing an assignment through Freelancer.com. I’m finding that a lot of times I end up working for a third world subcontractor who depends too much on Copyscape and not enough on common sense.

After checking the flagged text, I emailed the client and pointed out that the flagged material was: 1. a direct quote 2. from a recognized expert in the field 3. properly identified and attributed as a quote and 4. therefore NOT “plagiarism”. He emailed me back, saying, ok, he would leave it as is for his client to approve or not.

I’ve had Copyscape flag common phrases (such as “red, white and blue”) before and often it’s easier to rewrite the phrase, especially for a client who speaks English as a second language. To me, it reduces the quality of the article and makes it read awkwardly.

Copyscape and similar tools were designed to improve the quality of online content, just as search algorithms were designed to return relevant results.

. “Quality” may not always be formally “correct” in terms of following Established Rules of Grammar. (Sometimes a sentence fragment is more effective than a proper sentence, and I have been known to deliberately fragment a sentence for effect.)

We just need to remember that the ultimate audience for our content is human.

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(This article is free to reprint as long as it is unedited and resource box below is included)

Judy Cox is a freelance writer specializing in blog posts and articles on a wide variety of topics. Grab some freebies and read article samples at http://publisherpotpourri.worpress.com .

 

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Original Content–FREE

I started this blog to provide quality original content for reprint in blogs, ezines, and websites. I started writing articles online in 1998, and have written hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics. I write both under my own byline, and for hire as a ghost writer. There are three rules for using these articles:

1. Publish the article as is–no editing.

2. Include the resource box with my link.

3. Notify me where the article will appear ( judy33873 at gmail dot com )

The first batch of articles I’m putting on here will mostly be updated versions of articles I wrote during the late 90s and early 2000s. These first appeared in my NetNuggetz Newsletter and on my Free Christian Resource Center website.

You can also email me for a quote on custom original content.