Earlier this week Rafat Ali of the professional blog PaidContent complained strongly that the Wall Street Journal had stolen a story idea from him and published it without accreditation. Rafat...

Earlier this week Rafat Ali of the professional blog PaidContent complained strongly that the Wall Street Journal had stolen a story idea from him and published it without accreditation. Rafat is not the first blogger to complain and, as blogs become greater resources for journalists, he won't be the last.

My response is – so what?! If someone's talking about an idea you had, surely it should be celebrated!

Traditionally we have learned to be protective of our intellectual property. Copyright has protected ideas – but at the same time, it had restricted the distribution of ideas and the development of creativity. Plagiarism is a dirty word. But should it be?

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