"I would never take someone's work, make a play or movie about it, and just hope that nobody noticed," Kushner told me. Let me emphasize that I never accused Kushner of doing that. I don't believe that Kushner's use of Final Freedom in crafting his very fineLincoln screenplay violated any ethical (or legal) principle. Nobody owns history, and nobody should. But I did think it was bad manners for Kushner not to recognize Vorenberg's unique and vital contribution to what we know about how the 13th amendment got passed. Now he has.
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interesting example of differences in how texts are used
This morning, Tony Kushner received a well deserved nomination for best adapted screenplay for Lincoln.
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This morning, Tony Kushner received a well deserved nomination for best adapted screenplay for Lincoln. The only official source for the movie is Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln; Goodwin receives partial credit for the screenplay. But many readers have pointed out that the film and her book overlap relatively slightly. So where does the rest of the story come from?
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We’ve published the year’s most notable errors and corrections and a month-by-month accounting of plagiarism and fabrication. Now it’s time to highlight the three accuracy-related trends from this year.
Southern Utah University has placed an instructor in its English as a Second Language program on probation and is investigating allegations that the program tolerates widespread plagiarism by students.
A correspondent shared an email correspondence with me he had with Ephorus, the Dutch plagiarism detection software company. It seems that his school pays good money for the Ephorus system for general use.
Fan Fiction is a very controversial issue in the book industry at the moment. It is where fans of a book or series write their own stories set in that universe. This is something that has been going on forever. I’m sure many people out there wrote their own Famous Five stories or Superman adventures or version of their favourite book. I can remember trying to write my own version of Roald Dahl stories when I was a kid. The difference of course now is the internet, and fan fiction stories are being published for everyone to read and some authors are making money from their fan fiction.
“Every year thousands of academic books are published, and no one can be aware of everything that has been previously published relevant to one’s interests,” Pinker wrote in an e-mailed response to Inside Higher Ed. “Also, many ideas, when stated at a high level of generality, will inevitably occur to several people independently, and usually in different forms. The devil is in the details, and in this case it is clear that Deacon has worked out a theory that in no way is derivative of others’ approaches.”
Ann Green (not her real name) spent seven years on her doctoral project at an East Coast university. In her mind, she had made a major breakthrough, the kind of discovery that could establish a career.
When the results were finally published, she was missing from the list of authors. Her adviser -- who, according to Ms. Green, had very little input in the research -- had mysteriously risen to first author. Ms. Green's only appearance came in the acknowledgement section, where she was thanked for her "generous advice." Few people have ever worked so hard for a compliment.
Over a decade later, she is still burning. "It was totally outrageous," she says. "It wrecked my career. I went out into the world with no manuscripts behind me." In the meantime, she says, her adviser has been cited over and over for her research. According to Ms. Green, he has also used her data to secure $5-million in grants.
From Sugar and Spice Press: An Open Letter From Sugar and Spice Press Today we received a letter accusing one of our authors of plagiarism. We take matters like these very seriously and have begun an emergency investigation of this matter.
The news that 125 Harvard students were under investigation for cheating on an exam came just days after we were informed that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency was stripping Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles. In both of these cases, we have alleged wrongdoing by those at the top of their fields, and there is no reason to think that it was cheating that got them there. The Harvard students were admitted to our top university because of their hard work and scholarly achievement. Armstrong would have been a racing legend regardless. It is easy to understand why those who are not in the upper echelon might seek illicit advantage in order to get their shot at greatness, but why would the already great cheat?
The rapid rise of MOOCs has rejuvenated conversations about copyright and the development of distance education programs. Copyright long has been a challenge for distance learning, and the vast scale of MOOCs escalates the importance of addressing the law in a most thoughtful and creative manner. Hundreds of thousands of students are now enrolling in courses with prominent professors from leading universities, delivered through organizations such as Coursera, edX, Udacity, and others. All of these players have copyright questions, yet too often they ask the wrong questions. Starting the conversation with the right question can determine whether we reach productive and useful outcomes, or become mired in limited and contentious options. This is a good time to push aside wrong questions and get a fresh start on the important copyright issues.
In a world where ethical systems, religions, and legal codes identify both gradations and scales between various crimes, is it fair to use the word plagiarism in association with what Jonah Lehrer did?
While it’s clear from his editor at The New Yorker that Lehrer has committed a “serious mistake”, according to an article on The Daily Beast, critics have been divided on what exactly he is actually guilty of. Following the thread of the discussion from news articles, blog posts, and comment’s sections, Lehrer has been accused by some of the worst kinds of intellectual dishonesty, while more sympathetic readers echo Lehrer’s own mea culpa and say that he was simply lazy.
Germany's education minister, Annette Schavan, is under scrutiny following an investigation by the University of Düsseldorf that suggested she plagiarized her Ph.D. dissertation, Spiegel Online reported. "Not only because of a pattern recurring throughout the work, but also because of specific features found in a significant plurality of sections (in the work), it can be stated that there was a clear intention to deceive," said a report on the investigation.
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