I would just like to bring up a concern that I think is necessary right now. I believe that each and everyone needs to be educated with credit-giving and plagiarism so I’m going to share some important details and information about the aforementioned topics. I have made this topic not to emphasize the minimal error of a Scratcher, but to remind all of us about the importance of giving enough credit.
Giving adequate credits is very important in the real world. This will help prevent copyright infringement and copyright issues. When we don’t give credit, it is considered plagiarism because without credits people will assume that what you create is originally yours. Sometimes we do give credits, but inadequately. When giving credits, we need to be as specific as possible and we need to give credit to all of those who inspire our work.
A relevant recent example (important)
In Scratch I noticed that there is a scratcher who published a project which is almost exactly the same as Interactive Bear by -Madi-. It is featured in the main page. The differences are quite minor but overall both projects look extremely similar. Also take note that this is his first project.
Here is the link…
And here is the original
If you look at the notes and credits section, you can see that it says “Hopscotch for inspiring me to do this.i changed it because people were getting mad at me because it was the ‘exact same as hopscotch’ “
This Scratcher, gave credit which is the right thing to do. However, he did not specifically give credit to the original creator, which is -Madi-. He could also have added a link to the original Hopscotch project. Therefore, the credits he gave are inadequate or not enough.
Scratch users who view his project inspired by interactive bear will not know who is the original creator and the original project itself. They will only know from what platform (Hopscotch) the project that inspired his project is. They will only know that the creator is from Hopscotch.
This is quite unfair because the original creator will not get the attention she deserves. She deserves to be acknowledged for being the original creator of interactive bear.
The Scratch Team also featured this project in the main page. If proper and adequate credits were initially given, the Scratch Team would have probably not featured this project. If a link was provided and the name of the original creator was mentioned, then the Scratch team would have probably realized that the project made is practically a copy of another project in another platform.
As I have read the comments under his projects, many scratchers are praising him and complimenting him. There is nothing wrong with this, but because inadequate credit was given, some scratchers compliment him as if he is the original creator and there is no acknowledgment of the real original creator.
Aside from that, people in his profile comments are praising him for being one of the fastest Scratchers to reach 1000 followers in just a day or two. He got followers for a featured project that is only inspired by (or practically a copy of) an existing project in Hopscotch. And again, this is his first project.
Some scratchers in his profile comments are somehow complaining how they still have a few followers while he already has 1300+.
- give adequate credits
- mention the names or accounts of everyone who inspired your creation and also those who contributed to your creation so viewers will know who were the original creators who contributed
- as much as possible, add a link to the original creation or project so that people will know what the original one is like
Let this be a reminder to each and everyone of us.