jimbeetle - 6:59 pm on Oct 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
I don't think Google would agree that it's okay to ascribe articles written by different people to a single author.
^From way up above^
Why not? It happens everday in the real world, writing and execution are not the same as authorship.
From my personal experience: El-Hi textbook are usually written by teams of maybe 20 to 40 writers, copyeditors, content editors, artists and more. These folk execute the overall direction of a team of authors, those who never write a word but whose names go on the cover.
And let's take "by news service." How many writers are behind that author?
And it happens in the art world.
An artist gives a model of a sculpture to a foundry. The workers cast it full size in bronze. The artist is the author.
The artist Christo didn't actually execute any of his works, thousands of other people did, but he's credited as the author.
If it's a legitimate real-world practice why shouldn't it be a legitimate Internetz practice?