Looks like a good software for plagiarism
To be clear, I support that. For me it is fair to say what is the source, but it is not necessary. All of us are own to the history of humankind and an enormous number of humans, apes, mammals… — who did something before and because of which work we are able, for example, to eat or to use Internet. I am not giving my works under PD only because I like viral behavior of GPL, GFDL and CC-BY-SA. And for sure I would not ask that someone deletes my (changed or not) text which is not copied/modified under such terms — if it is done by some (not so bad 😉 ) person, group or small business.
I am sure that I am one of many bloggers who started a blog and who is very often looks into the statistics. From time to time I am frustrated because a lot of views came from the search engine terms like “slimvirgin mi5” and because of that I didn’t finish yet the whole investigation (even I have a conclusion for a long time). I don’t want to give materials for sensationalist press.
But, this text is not about that…
WordPress has a feature called “Incoming Links”. I am not so sure what is the difference between this and “Referrers”, but whatever. Up to yesterday I had only one “incoming link” (from ivanlanin.wordpress.com). Today I saw one more.
Please, compare my text and this one. At the first look I was very confused. It looks like my text, but it isn’t. The first thought on my mind (while I just checked the text) was that this text is based on my text because the author thinks similar what do I think. But, when I read this text more carefully, it became obvious to me that it is my text put in some program which changes texts a little bit, but not a lot (while there are some newly generated nonsenses, of course).
This event tells that it is quite possible to make a program which is able to change text enough that it is not possible to say that it is someone’s text. I compared two text with my tool for finding how two texts are close. This (simple) tool couldn’t conclude that “it is possible that the same person wrote the article” (which is the best which it is able to do), but that “it is possible that it is written in the same language and that it is about the same things”. (If you have some tool for comparing two articles, I would like to hear your results!)
I have to say that I am very happy to see that programs which change articles a little bit started to exist. (Of course, this is just the beginning of the road and this tool is not so perfect because I am almost sure that I would be able to prove that this article is modified my article.) This means that knowledge will be able to be spread in more better and intelligent ways.
BTW, a guy who did it — did it almost completely according to the terms of CC-BY-SA; he gave a link back.