[Foundation-l] Allegations of Wikipedia plagurism by Brandt/Websites he has stirred up sending nasty notices

Jeff V. Merkey jmerkey at wolfmountaingroup.com
Mon Oct 23 18:07:08 UTC 2006

Gregory Maxwell wrote:

>On 10/23/06, Jeff V. Merkey <jmerkey at wolfmountaingroup.com> wrote:
>>Mr. Brandt has posted a long listing of articles to his website making
>>allegations of plagurism
>>of wikipedia articles from copyrighted sources.
>Good fortune is when you can count on your detractors to help you with
>your goals. :)
>In any case, I wish Brandt had done a little more homework because
>while I have no doubt that some of his findings are legitimate
>problems, some of them quite clearly are not.
>For example, his second case, [[Charles Wheatstone]], has a large
>amount of text copied from Heroes of the Telegraph by John Munro
>(1849-1930) [http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=979].
>This has been documented on the talk page all along. Brandt claims the
>text came from some other site but what we have is a case of another
>site copying the PD text without attribution.  A good example of why
>attribution is important even when not required by law.
>In any case, waiting a week or two then taking those articles from the
>next dump should resolve any problems which you've had.
>I find it interesting that people would complain to you prior to
>complaining to Wikipedia.
I suspect the complaints came both directions. Also, remember, My site 
is watched
like a hawk from a large list of detractors. They fire off emails to my 
ISP is a constant
deluge. The complaint came from my ISP directly after they received an 
from someone (Al Petrofsky I suspect).


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