Another German Minister Faces Plagiarism Allegations

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Nov 23, 2015 10:26:31 AM

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German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is facing allegations of plagiarism in her dissertation following an investigation from the website VroniPlag Wiki, which claims to have found “elements of plagiarism” on 27 of the dissertations 62 pages.


'WikiGate' and the Future of Open Access

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Oct 23, 2015 2:12:19 PM

Recently, scientific publisher Elsevier announced that it had donated some 45 free ScienceDirect accounts to “top Wikipedia editors” to enable them to access content from their journals for the purpose of inclusion and citation in Wikipedia.


Thailand Detains, Releases Man Following Plagiarism Dispute

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Oct 9, 2015 4:30:00 AM

When reporting or confronting plagiarism, many fear reprisals and for good reason. In the past those accused of plagiarism have responded by suing their accusers, accusing them of racism and filing complaints of sexual harassment.


Tagged:  Current Events

Daily Mail Sues Gawker for Defamation Over Plagiarism Allegations

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Oct 8, 2015 5:36:03 PM

In March of this year the Gawker blog TKTK published a piece by James King entitled, “My Year Ripping Off the Web With the Daily Mail Online”.


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New Plagiarism Allegations Against Matthew Whitaker

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Sep 1, 2015 12:01:00 PM

It has been a difficult few months for Arizona State University professor Matthew Whitaker.

In July, Whitaker was demoted to an associate professor at ASU following allegations that he had plagiarized passages in his most recent book, Peace Be Still: Modern Black America from World War II to Barack Obama.



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Is the Internet to Blame for the Rise of Plagiarism?

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Aug 26, 2015 4:01:00 PM

These days, when many picture an academic plagiarist, they envision a student gleefully copying and pasting from Wikipedia in hopes of taking a shortcut on their coursework.


Tagged:  Academic, Technology

New Zealand Labour Party Apologizes for Plagiarism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Aug 17, 2015 12:48:49 PM

Tagged:  Current Events, International

Remixes and Intellectual Property Fraud

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jul 20, 2015 10:26:00 AM

When it comes to punishing plagiarists, we hear a great deal about how plagiarism can impact one’s career, result in the retraction of papers or in academic punishments if the accused is a student. In extreme cases, we hear about infringers being accused of copyright infringement and being sued in civil court.


Piracy and Scientific Research

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jul 7, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Earlier this month, Elsevier filed a lawsuit in New York against two websites that it accuses of pirating their content. According to the lawsuit, Library Genesis and SciHub, are havens where individuals can access articles and other content published by Elsevier.


Research and Retractions Come into Focus

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jun 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM

In December 2014, an article published in the journal Science claimed that canvassers could changes the minds of conservative voters on same-sex marriage with a brief conversation. The study began to attract a great deal of attention in the mainstream press due to its relevancy to both an ongoing political divide and Supreme Court case.


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