Wednesday fun – Chris Anderson abuses ‘free’

In an ironic twist Chris Anderson is guilty of taking content for his latest book from Wikipedia for free and without citation:

Chris Anderson and his US publisher Hyperion have said they intend to "correct" future editions of his title Free after the Virginia Quarterly Review said it had "discovered almost a dozen passages that are reproduced nearly verbatim from uncredited sources", with most "but not all" coming from Wikipedia.

And his excuse, poor:

Responding in an email after VQR posted its findings online, Anderson said he "had the original sources footnoted," but "lost the footnotes at the 11th hour", and admitted that in his "rush" to publication he had forgotten to do a "write-through [which] covered all the text that was not directly sourced".


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  • marklittlewood

    Excellent – taking the concept of 'Free' quite literally.

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