Local MugSHOTS plagiarizes KARE-11, Fox9, Des Moines Register, City Pages, and more

Categories: City Pages, Media
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Local MugSHOTS reprinted content from Fox9, KARE11, City Pages, and more.
About eight months ago, a publication called Local MugSHOTS began appearing at convenience stores and gas stations around the Twin Cities.

The dozen-page tabloid collects scores of recent arrest photos from law enforcement agencies around the metro. It's printed twice monthly, and sells for $1.

But City Pages found some law breaking going on by the publishers of Local MugSHOTS: It's plagiarizing copyrighted articles from local news organizations.

Not just publishing stories on similar topics. Not just interviewing the same sources. The Florida-based publication is reprinting--in most cases word-for-word--articles from KARE-11, Fox 9, The Des Moines Register, City Pages, and more, offering no attribution to the source of the content.

"Yeah, you can't do that," says William McGeveran, a University of Minnesota law professor who reviewed several of these articles at City Pages' request. "Copyright law-wise, if it's direct copying without permission of really substantial portions, that's copyright infringement, and not fair use."

For example, compare an article from a recent Local MugSHOTS side-by-side with this screenshot of a December KARE-11 article:

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A scan of Local MugSHOTS (left) next to a screenshot from KARE 11's website (right).

Every single word is the same except for the time reference in the first sentence and KARE-11's copyright notice at the end.

This is not an isolated example. In an edition of the tabloid purchased this Sunday, at least 10 articles are lifted from other news sources.

Because Local MugSHOTS doesn't publish its stories online, it's much harder to detect the plagiarism. But almost every single story featured in the newspaper is stolen from a competitor in the Twin Cities, without attribution, in flagrant violation of copyright and common sense.

Here's another example where Local MugSHOTS plagiarizes a story originally published by Fox 9:

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Comparing this piece from Local MugSHOTS (left) to a December 12 Fox9 story (right) finds that they are word-for-word the same.
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tulsacrimemonthly
tulsacrimemonthly

All of these mugshot crime papers are the same.  Nothing unique about them.  Wonder how long they'll last.  I started my publication in 2005.  There wasn't even mugshot papers around in Oklahoma then.  Now, they're everywhere.  People buy them because they are too lazy to read anything of substance. 

tulsacrimemonthly
tulsacrimemonthly

I own the newspaper, Tulsa Crime Monthly in Tulsa.  All of our stories are originally written, along with our caricature illustration, and our sarcasm.  I use to exchange emails at times with Cannon.  He bragged about his newspaper.  His newspaper never held a candle to mine.  Tulsa Crime Monthly is the most unique crime publication in the nation.  Anyone want a free example issue just contact me at tulsacrimemonthly@yahoo.com.  Of course, in a loser city such as Tulsa, Oklahoma, it's hard to get credit for something original.

omaha
omaha

I talked to him about a franchise he acted intrested. Then hung up. Now the paper is apearing in my area where I want to distribute. Talk about greedy. Don't call he will act intrested and then hang up. Then he will distribute in your area!

vitajex
vitajex

I plagiarize the City Pages every week-

I read the print edition out loud to my blind friend and convince him I'm making it up as I go along.

swmnguy
swmnguy

It's time for Mr. Cannon to write some checks to the people whose work he has stolen for his own profit. In fact, it might be time for all of us to see Mr. Cannon's mugshot. Because he's a thief.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Lovely. Fadf speaks to exactly the sense of communistic content redistribution that has become common on the Trotskyite right. What your reporters spent time to write, they steal and redistribute for profit.

Otoh, I have no problems with bloggers who don't run ads or get paid redistributing City Pages content.....

Fadf
Fadf

Oh goodness, you mean the outstanding journalistic content such as 'Hear murder victim's last voicemail' are being stolen by other media outlets? My dear!

Seriously, who would be stupid enough to lift articles from City Pages, for chris'sake?

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