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User Friendly and MetaFilter

I saw this on TechDirt recently - the denizens of MetaFilter caught several swipes of comments at MetaFilter turned into the punchlines of User Friendly comics.  The actual MeFi thread is pretty long, and checking out some of the cited examples -- it appears that creator J.D. "Illiad" Frasier has deleted several of the comics in his archives as a result (he admits to some of the plagerism in the MeFi thread).

I have no doubt that people accidentally regurgitate punchlines all the time but it's a pretty bad idea to copy nearly verbatim from others without permission -- putting aside any copyright issues, as TechDirt points out it's going to hurt your reputation.