Report Plagiarized Scores

Nov 29, 2018


So recently we have been having issues with someone reposting other users' scores without first obtaining their explicit permission - that is, we've been dealing with a plagiarizer. This user (I'm not going to name names, but I'm sure that quite a few of you already know who it is) has been plagiarizing many different people's scores for several days.

I myself reported this user via the MuseScore contact form, and I also know of several others who reported them and who even posted about it in this very group. The user was removed from the website for a few days, but it appears that they have somehow managed to get back online, and they have begun plagiarizing others again, with no signs of stopping.

In light of this matter, I ask that an easier method of reporting plagiarizers be considered, as many are not even aware that it is possible to directly contact the staff through the contact form (I personally didn't find it until doing a little digging around). I am open to ideas and suggestions - if anyone else has any ideas on how we might be able to do that, I would love to hear them. I will also explain my own idea.

I believe that it would be immensely useful if we added a button or some other ability to report or flag scores for plagiarism. This would make it easier to report specific scores and could allow all of the data to be compiled in one area, which would make it easier for staff to go through these and remove plagiarized scores.

(To add further detail to this, it would be nice if a score were automatically made private or unviewable if it reached a certain number of flags for plagiarism by other users - like, say, if ten or fifteen users report it as stolen. However, this is not as necessary as the very ability to report a score, and I can understand hesitation in implementing such a thing. Feel free to disregard this additional suggestion; I'm simply throwing it out there for consideration.)

It would also be nice if we instated some sort of "three strikes, you're out" type of policy; i.e. if a user has three scores taken down for plagiarism, they or their I.P. address or something are automatically blocked from the website. If it were possible to code something automatic like this into the site (I'm not a programmer, so I am unsure if this is possible or not), it would make it easier on the staff as well, and they would not have to worry as much about personally taking the time to go and remove individual plagiarizing users.

Anyways, so in summary, I suggest adding plagiarism report/flag button to scores, as well as a potential "three strikes, you're out" policy as a way to improve the integrity of this website. Plagiarism is a very serious issue that must be addressed, and I hate to see it tainting the lovely community that has been cultivated on this website. It is imperative that we find a more steadfast, centralized way to address stolen sheet music.

Thank you for your time, consideration, and hard work! I truly appreciate it.