Internet copy/pasting gone terribly wrong. Island newspaper kids section, 2008
I’m no monkey for copyright. This video amply describes how corrupted that system has become. Credit, however, is simply polite and helps people find their way around. In mainstream Sri Lankan media it’s completely cool to copy/paste from the net and link either not at all or with Source: Internet. Which is not useful. At all.
Once this copy/pasting went terribly awry. In 2008, the Island newspaper copy and pasted stuff for their kids section from the Internet. Which is normal. They, however, didn’t read what they were copying and ended up printing insanely filthy limericks, as shown above. “Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your sex life grow?” This was in the kids section. There were also poems about menstrual cunnilingus. Piracy is one thing. Idiocy is another.
Other sites like Derana casually copy/paste stuff, like this CNET article on Anonymous Sri Lanka. They mention, CNET reports at the end, but there’s no link and they’ve copied the entire article. Very bad form, and not very useful for the reader. A) You have to search for the CNET article manually and B) the CNET article had links to its sources.
As further examples, images on the net are considered fair game. I, for example, am in O/Level history textbooks dressed up as Mahinda Rajapaksa. Presumably they searched for Sri Lankan national dress and that is what they got. I actually think this is kinda cool.
What I’ve tried to explain at various organizations is that there is a ton of great stuff available under Creative Commons, especially on Flickr. When that doesn’t work I’ve said at least attribute, but in the rush that is often left out. Source: Internet, however, is simply not working.