Tiverton Town Councilor appears to plagiarize harddeadlines [Update: text removed] Update 2: Sousa apologizes
In a story about the kerfuffle over a gun being displayed at the Financial Referendum in Tiverton last week, Town Council member Joe Sousa appears to have used, without permission, a paragraph of my text as his own in communicating with the East Bay Newspapers. The paper attributes and quotes him like this: "As Mr. Sousa later told the story, writing about his actions in the manner of a news release," and what follows is a paragraph from my news report about the event.
Here's the paragraph attributed to Mr. Sousa from East Bay Newspapers
Compare this to the paragraph from my story published last Saturday night:
I call Mr. Sousa's attention to this web site's Terms of Service, which clearly assert my intellectual property rights in all content. I have sent a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice to the East Bay Newspapers, and I demand an explanation and apology from Town Councilor Joe Sousa.
Update: In a comment, East Bay Newspapers publisher Scott Pickering notes that the paragraph was deleted in the story and explains, "In response to Mr. McDaid’s concern, and because the information in the cited paragraph was mostly redundant, we have removed it." Have not heard anything back from Sousa in response to my request for an explanation and apology.
Update 5/25: In postings on the East Bay Newspaper site and Facebook, Tiverton Town Councilor Joe Sousa apologized to the editor of harddeadlines and explained the apparent plagiarism as a "misunderstanding."