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A bunch of copyvio
I've found more copyvio by that same user from Macmillan Buzzwords. A lot of these are in the page histories; the current versions would count as derivative works. The entry for "laggard" in particular is an exact copy. 188.8.131.52 19:40, 9 May 2012 (UTC)
I should clarify; above, when I said that ICE number should be recreated, I meant recreated as a redirect. 184.108.40.206 19:43, 9 May 2012 (UTC)
Keep, rewrite as needed. The only way that I'm aware of for a word itself to be copyrighted is for it to be trademarked. I'm pretty sure a dictionary can't have ownership of the terms it defines — at least not unless it's coining them from scratch, as opposed to drawing on a pool of already-coined and in-use terms, as seems to be the case here for the most part — but only the specific wording it uses to define them. Any definition that's lifted verbatim from somewhere else needs to be changed, because it definitely constitutes plagiarism, but terms don't become the property of a dictionary when it chooses to define them. Especially not such commonplace ones as "awareness bracelet," "freegan," and "fanfic" — those were around before they were in any dictionary. Astral (talk) 20:48, 9 May 2012 (UTC)
copyrighted and trademarked are two completely independent things. Trademarked words aren't copyrighted in any way.--Prosfilaes (talk) 09:27, 10 May 2012 (UTC)
Going through some of these, I see that an anonymous editor last October completely rewrote a lot of their defs, to the point that, in many cases, (1) I don't think the new defs can be seen as derivative works (in fact, I'm guessing that that was the editor's goal: (s)he must have realized that they were copyvios, and tracked down some other pages with the same problem) and (2) I don't think any attribution is really needed for the edits before that point. So for those cases, I'm just hiding revision text before that point, but leaving the current version intact. —RuakhTALK 21:12, 9 May 2012 (UTC)
I would like to say here that I was SnoopY in high school, and that I was both of the anons above (the editor and the guy who RfD'd). Brownie Charles (talk) 17:47, 18 October 2012 (UTC)