Victor Counted, West Africa Theological Seminary (Nigeria)
Full paper: www.kon.org/urc/v11/counted.html
Abstract Daily, we see the unethical hijacking of e-contents in the “high sea” of intellectualism–of materials, literature, and other resources of worth–without regard to its original proponent. Upon reflection on the ethics of ownership and place of ethics in research, we seek a solution to this act of infringement, which for centuries has been of knotty problem. The Internet with its TCP/IP network protocols can facilitate data transmission and easily scan selected parts of works that become instances of plagiarism.
My motivation is personal, having being a victim of this villainous act. A few years ago, I purchased a book that had interspersed in it the exact ideas I posted on my blog. For this reason, I answer some ethical questions, share perspectives, and then proffer possible solutions that could be helpful in curbing this intellectual fraud.