5 People Accused of Twagiarism (and How to Avoid Being Number 6)

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Nov 7, 2013 7:45:00 AM

To the uninitiated, Twitter might seem to be something of a free for all, with people copying and sharing what others have said with little regard for attribution.

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Tagged:  Social Media




CTRL-V Plagiarism in the News - Issue 16

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Nov 5, 2013 7:45:00 AM

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Rand Paul Addresses Plagiarism Claims: ‘I Gave Credit’

First off this edition, Paige Lavender at The Huffington Post reports that Rand Paul, a Republican Senator from Kentucky, has been accused of plagiarizing during a pair of speeches he made over the past few months. The initial allegations surfaced from Rachel Maddow, a liberal television commentator and staunch Paul opponent, accused Paul of lifting four lines from a speech from Wikipedia. In his speech, Paul was discussing the dangers of eugenics and was doing so by referencing the 1997 movie “Gattaca”. However, when describing the plot, Paul used several passages from Wikipedia verbatim or near-verbatim without attribution. Since then, Buzzfeed reporter Andrew Kaczynski has found another possible instance of Wikipedia-related plagiarism, a June speech that referenced the movie “Stand and Deliver”. There, according to Kaczynski, Paul repeated nearly three paragraphs from the Wikipedia entry on the movie but failed to attribute the site. In an interview with Fusion, Paul was asked if he had plagiarized and he responded, saying, “I gave credit to the people who wrote the movie… Nothing I said was not given attribution to where it came from.” No mention, however, was made of Wikipedia.

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Rand Paul Faces Plagiarism Allegations

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Nov 1, 2013 7:30:00 AM

On Monday evening, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was accused of plagiarism in a speech that he gave earlier this year at a conference in Washington D.C.

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Tagged:  Current Events




Dallas Radio Personality Returns After Plagiarism Allegations

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Oct 26, 2013 7:30:00 AM

Chris Arnold is a radio personality well known among sports fans in the Dallas area. Having been on the air since 1980, Arnold, along with his co-hosts run the show “The Fan’s G-Bag Nation”, a popular midday sports program on a CBS affiliated station and he is also a game night emcee for the Dallas Mavericks.

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Self-plagiarism in Journalism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Oct 9, 2013 1:22:00 PM

toronto-star-logoRecently, The Star in Toronto published a note from the paper’s public editor, Kathy English, drawing attention to a case of plagiarism committed by one of the paper’s interns. However, what made the case unusual was that the intern was not accused of lifting content from another paper, but rather, from an earlier article at The Star.

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Tagged:  Current Events




Another Month, Another German Plagiarism Scandal

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Oct 3, 2013 2:59:00 PM
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CTRL-V Plagiarism in the News - Issue 15

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Sep 29, 2013 3:01:00 AM

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Poet Withdraws from Forward Prize Over Plagiarism

First off this issue, the BBC reports that poet CJ Allen has decided to withdraw his name from the prestigious Forward Prize shortlist after admitting to plagiarism in his earlier work. The plagiarism was spotted by fellow poet Matthew Welton, who claims to have noticed the plagiarism back in May of 2012, shortly after seeing Allen give a reading in Nottingham and he realized that several of Allen’s poems were early versions of his own work. Welton said that, at the time, he wanted to write something about it but didn’t feel any urgency. However, Allen’s Forward Prize nomination helped to spur him to speak publicly about his discoveries. Allen, in turn, has admitted to plagiarizing “certain works” but said that he never intended to deceive and that his submission to the Forward Prize was original. Welton, for his part, also believes the Forward Prize submission to be original. Nonetheless, due to “negative publicity” surrounding his actions, Allen felt it best to withdraw. The Forward Prize will be awarded in a ceremony on October first that will include a reading of all the nominated poems. Allen’s poem, however, will not be among those that are read.

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WhatCulture Authors Plagiarize Articles Before They're Published

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Sep 27, 2013 5:33:00 AM

plagiarism-finger-pointingIn August, we posted about an incident where the UK newspaper The Daily Mail faced accusations of plagiarizing from the popular comedy website Cracked. However, Cracked finds itself once against the center of a plagiarism scandal and, once again, as the victim, but this plagiarism scandal has a twist: The plagiarists managed to rip off Cracked’s articles before they were even published.

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Tagged:  Current Events




Expanding Plagiarism Policies for Doctoral Theses in India

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Sep 20, 2013 9:49:00 AM

UGC India LogoIn October of last year, the University Grants Commission (UGC) in India proposed new regulations for the awarding of MPhil/PhD degrees in the country. Among the requirements were that all schools must begin “using well-developed software” to detect plagiarism and other forms of “academic theft” and also provide an electronic copy to the UGC for inclusion in the organization’s Information and Library Network Centre (INFLIBNET), which is open to the public.

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Expanding Plagiarism Policies for Doctoral Theses in India

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Sep 20, 2013 9:42:00 AM

UGC India LogoIn October of last year, the University Grants Commission (UGC) in India proposed new regulations for the awarding of MPhil/PhD degrees in the country. Among the requirements were that all schools must begin “using well-developed software” to detect plagiarism and other forms of “academic theft” and also provide an electronic copy to the UGC for inclusion in the organization’s Information and Library Network Centre (INFLIBNET), which is open to the public.

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