Plagiarism: To Punish or Not to Punish?

Posted by David Rothschild on Sep 9, 2011 3:36:00 PM

plagiarism punishmentThe blog, TechDirt, recently published an article titled, “Is Policing Plagiarism at A University As Counterproductive As Trying To Stop Copyright Infringement?”  The article postulates that creating a learning environment based on discovering plagiarism and punishing the culprits can backfire by producing a fearful and ineffective classroom atmosphere.   The author likens this to the back-and-forth battle over copyright infringement between companies and users that often leaves both sides with a bad taste in their mouth; this type of ongoing battle can stifle creativity with an ‘angry us-vs.-them world.’

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Tagged:  Academic




Can Ghostwriting Be Considered Plagiarism?

Posted by David Rothschild on Aug 17, 2011 10:03:00 AM

ghost writingThe practice of commissioning an anonymous writer, or ghostwriter, to do one’s writing has been employed for a number of famous books and papers in the past, including official presidential biographies.  Examples of ghostwriting exist in almost every field – from politics to literature to scientific research.  Ghostwriting is an industry of its own; thousands of people make their living every year by writing anonymously.  Although ghostwriting has been historically accepted, it has been undergoing some criticism recently that it is considered a form of plagiarism.

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Tagged:  Best Practices




Media Misconduct: Should Everyone Get Equal Coverage?

Posted by David Rothschild on Aug 8, 2011 5:04:00 PM

media coverageSenator John Kerry recently made some very controversial statements when speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” segment.

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Tagged:  Current Events




Can User-Based Content Eventually Replace Professional Reporting?

Posted by David Rothschild on Aug 1, 2011 12:49:00 PM

describe the imageJournalism is a profession that is currently in a major state of flux.  It’s not hard to see this - just take a look at any major news outlet.  Turn on CNN and you’ll see more Facebook profiles and Twitter handles than you would at a social media tradeshow.  Open the New York Times and everyday you’ll see an increasingly heavier push towards digital subscriptions.

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Scientific Research Misconduct Can Leave a Field in Disarray

Posted by David Rothschild on Jul 20, 2011 9:35:00 AM

scientific research plagiarismMarc Hauser, a prominent Harvard psychology professor, recently resigned after being found guilty of scientific research misconduct. Hauser was renowned in the field of evolutionary biology, particularly in regards to his research with animal cognition and neuro-development. His ground-breaking work had previously been featured across numerous scientific publications, books, news articles and television programs.

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Tagged:  Scientific Technical Medical




Spam and Duplicate Content Already Plague E-Books

Posted by David Rothschild on Jun 27, 2011 3:17:00 PM

ebook kindleLaura Miller from Salon recently penned a very enlightening article about the proliferation of ‘E-Book Spam,’ specifically on Amazon’s Kindle E-Reader. Although E-Books are still a relatively new form of content consumption, the medium is already facing the same spam problems that blogs and online publishers have battled with for more than a decade.

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Tagged:  Technology




Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism in the Courtroom

Posted by David Rothschild on Jun 20, 2011 10:18:00 AM

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Tagged:  Legal




Can Research Paper Retractions Harm Patients?

Posted by David Rothschild on Jun 15, 2011 12:00:00 PM

medical-research-plagiarismThe past decade has seen a scary increase in the number research paper retractions. The Journal of Medical Ethics published a study last year that examined close to eight hundred retracted research papers.

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Tagged:  Scientific Technical Medical




Can the Effects of Plagiarism be Reversed?

Posted by David Rothschild on May 20, 2011 4:00:00 AM

One Way PlagiarismOne thing often said about rumors or slander is that once the information is leaked, it’s out permanently. In other words, even if a rumor is proven to be completely false, the information still exists in the minds of all the people who already heard it.

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Tagged:  Current Events




Plagiarism Hunters: Good or Bad?

Posted by David Rothschild on May 4, 2011 8:17:00 AM

plagiarism hunters resized 600It might sound like some sort of league of superheroes, but not everyone is keen on the so called ‘plagiarism hunters.’  

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Tagged:  Current Events