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Apparently some people find it easier to copy-paste text from other sources, including Wikipedia or the creator's original site, instead of coming up with their own text.

However, this could get the website in a ton of legal trouble for plagiarism and/or copyright violations. (Not to mention it's lazy writing to boot.) Since stopping that problem is a very high priority, and I've observed multiple cases of this problem as of late, let's give this its own dedicated clean-up thread. If you see any work, character, or recap descriptions that copy another source word-for-word, bring them up here if you're not sure how to immediately fix them.

Below is a list of currently known pages that suffer from this problem, and the source they copy from. (This list can be updated by mods or by me, Totemic Hero.) The ideal goal is to have these pages fixed within a week or two of finding out about the copy-paste. If we can't manage to come up with a fix in that time frame, then we'll probably have to outright Cut List said pages, because the site can't risk legal issues.

Currently known pages with copied text

Characters.Overwatch - Character descriptions partially copied from Blizzard's official site
Recap.American Horror Story - Recap descriptions mostly copied from the show's wiki
Recap.Charmed - A number of recap descriptions are copied from the show's wiki
Characters.Smite - Character descriptions transcribed from the character videos
Literature.Repairman Jack - Parts of work description copied from Wikipedia
Characters.Infinite Crisis - Parts copied from old version of official website (needs checking to see if still there)
WesternAnimation.Happy Ness The Secret Of The Loch - Description copied from VHS tape box
ComicBook.Alpha Gods - Part of work description copied from official website
Music.Among The Living - Part of description copied from Wikipedia
Creator.Kurt Sutter - Part of description copied from Wikipedia
Fanfic.Past Sins - Work description copied from host site
TabletopGame.Beyond The Supernatural - Work description copied from Wikipedia
Creator.Van Beuren Studios - Description apparently copied from a blog
Main.Footnote Fever - Text of a number of examples copied from Wikipedia
WesternAnimation.Camberwick Green - Part of description copied from Wikipedia
Literature.My Thomas Story Library - Part of description copied from Wikipedia
Series.Weinerville - Part of description copied from official website
Film.Yamashita The Tigers Treasure - Description copied from Wikipedia
Creator.David Lowery - Description copied from Wikipedia
Creator.Raphael Bob Waksberg - Description copied from Wikipedia
Creator.Kazuki Takahashi - Majority of description copied from Wikipedia

edited 15th Apr '18 1:11:56 PM by TotemicHero

lakingsif Relationship Status: Wanna dance with somebody
Jul 11th 2018 at 3:27:44 AM

Though GethN's offer of keeping but attributing the content, TV Tropes itself strives for original content, so I imagine the page will be cut.

Fighteer Geronimo! from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Jul 11th 2018 at 4:17:18 AM

Generally, I agree. We don't want exact copies of articles on other sites regardless of any copyright or licensing issues that may pertain.

Edited to add: Our administrators, one of whom is a lawyer, have worked out their legal concerns about the Wikia tropes site, so it is no longer accurate, if it ever was, to accuse them of stealing content.

Edited by Fighteer on Jul 11th 2018 at 7:40:07 AM

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TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
Not a bug!
Jul 11th 2018 at 7:09:29 AM

This was generally the attitude in the Fast Eddie days. I was unaware things had changed since then; I apologize.

With that said, I'm going to just put the page in question on the Cut List: again, it adds practically nothing that our pages on Fallout 3 and New Vegas already cover or could cover.

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
Jul 11th 2018 at 9:19:19 AM

[up][up] Thanks for clarifying this, Fighteer, your willingness to do so proves you are a man of honor, and on behalf of my community, thank you for defending us from the undeserved stain of such proven false assumptions.

[up] That's perfectly reasonable, I would not complain so long as my copyright is honored in any event, and I appreciate your apology with gratitude.

TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
Not a bug!
Jul 11th 2018 at 11:29:15 AM

Much more reasonable than expecting the Cut List to actually function and display submitted reasons for cutting, leading to the cut requests being declined, apparently.

Again, this goes on the list of stuff that will be addressed at a point when everything is functioning.

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
Jul 11th 2018 at 3:43:24 PM

[up] I understand, our site has had technical difficulties of late as well.

In any event, I'm satisfied the matter will be handled properly, and I will trust in the integrity and goodwill of the community here to fix things when it's possible to do so.

Jul 25th 2018 at 10:51:57 PM

It has been around two weeks now that the issue of this page has not been resolved, but my offer still stands to rerelease all my work here under CC BY NC SA so as to avoid having to remove content here, I just ask this be noted in the edit reasons or on the page itself with a link back to the original version on my own wiki for attribution purpose if the page is not outright deleted.

TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
Not a bug!
Jul 27th 2018 at 8:51:41 AM

I've put it on the Cut List once again. That's all I can do for now, we'll see what happens.

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
Jul 27th 2018 at 2:38:34 PM

[up] That's fine by me, just glad to see this is resolved.

Aug 19th 2018 at 7:15:50 AM

Characters.Yandere Simulator's subpages still have the "copying character descriptions straight from game" possible problem.

Edited by Malady on Aug 19th 2018 at 7:16:13 AM

Help with possible disambig and redirect issues!
rjd1922 Ultimate Memelord from Illinois Relationship Status: Love is for the living, Sal
Ultimate Memelord
Sep 18th 2018 at 2:16:03 PM

The descriptions on Characters.White Noise are copied from the notes on the official character page. The page was started by Shaorai217, though I admit I also copied and pasted descriptions when I added more characters to the page, along with a note saying where they came from and a link to the page. Sorry if this was wrong.

Edited by rjd1922 on Sep 18th 2018 at 4:19:54 AM

I stole your heart, so now I'm satisfied.
LB7979 from the Netherlands Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
Sep 19th 2018 at 2:59:19 AM

Literature.A Little Life 's description was mostly copy-pasted from the back cover of the book. After removing it, there's very little description left; can someone who has read the book (I haven't) expand a bit?

Sep 20th 2018 at 5:29:17 PM

Passenger of Shit's description is lifted from his site. I'll try to change it.

Sep 26th 2018 at 12:15:48 AM

The description of Scum is the same Wikipedia's, I'll try to do some changes

Edited by jormis29 on Sep 27th 2018 at 5:16:08 AM

Oct 26th 2018 at 4:08:27 PM

A good chunk of the description on Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game was copy-pasted from the official website for the game. I've revised the description so that it isn't just a copy-paste anymore.

Edited by dragonfire5000 on Oct 26th 2018 at 4:28:15 AM

crazysamaritan Could we just... not have Death anymore? from Lupin III
Could we just... not have Death anymore?
Oct 30th 2018 at 6:26:18 AM Proposal on No Examples, Please. Please chime in with your opinion
Oct 30th 2018 at 9:21:32 AM

[up] Specifically, ATT thread about plagiarism in fanfic rec pages.

Nouct Professional Lurker from No longer in the superior time zone Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
Professional Lurker
Nov 6th 2018 at 2:35:10 PM

Characters.Period Cube states that its bios are all taken from the official website

Though an attempt to check just how much was copied didn't turn up anything since the link to the website leads to the publisher's website as it appears it was taken down and a Wayback Machine search didn't really work either.

"This is tremendous content, where's my phone"
Nov 17th 2018 at 2:23:39 AM

Hanzawa Naoki is copied from the first paragraphs of Wikipedia

TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
Not a bug!
Nov 17th 2018 at 7:12:08 AM

~petewarrior, care to come in to discuss the Hanzawa Naoki page?

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
Nov 17th 2018 at 10:13:38 AM

Oh hello, OK Iíll fix it.

bitemytail from Arizona Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Nov 27th 2018 at 10:39:12 AM

Everybody Loves Large Chests's description is largely copy/pasted from its official (?) site:

I don't know enough about the work to rewrite it, but removing it would leave the description really bare.

Health sure is versatile. It's possible to be both light-headed and dim-witted. At the same time, no less.
Mickoonsley19 I love 'Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf'! from Green Green Grassland Relationship Status: It's complicated
Jan 3rd 2019 at 6:59:52 PM

Astro Plan outright admits that the description is copied from Wikipedia. However, this is intentional. Just like the show Astro Plan copies from other shows, the Astro Plan TV Tropes page copies from other internet pages. Should we keep the Wikipedia summary due to it being a clever joke?

Playing_with_boy Not evil. from e***,******u******* Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Not evil.
Jan 3rd 2019 at 7:37:11 PM

No. Because A). Wikipedia could sue TvTropes over using the exact same words, & B). It is impossible to make a work without using material stolen from other people. Even if that does not count, then, well, we could easily just write recaps for mockbusters, according to that logic. Just find someone who made a plot summery of the mockbuster we are listing the tropes for, copy & paste their plot review, credit the source who made it, then BAM! review done.

Edited by Playing_with_boy on Jan 4th 2019 at 11:15:13 AM

This song made me cry:

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