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.


Tagged:  Scientific Technical Medical

NYQ Editor-in-Chief Sheds Light on Plagiarism and iThenticate

Posted by Robert Creutz on Jun 9, 2011 8:30:00 AM

nyqlogoWe recently had the opportunity to chat with Editor-in-Chief Raymond Hammond of the New York Quarterly Magazine, a publication that Rolling Stone has called "The most important poetry magazine in America", about his thoughts on plagiarism and his experience with iThenticate.


Tagged:  Technology, Best Practices, Interviews

Is the Washington Post Giving Up in the Battle Against Plagiarism?

Posted by David R. on Jun 6, 2011 8:00:00 AM
iStock 000007374399XSmallWashington Post spokesman Patrick Pexton recently wrote an article about plagiarism within the Post, as well as the organization’s attitude towards dealing with it.  More specifically, Pexton shed light on an instance of plagiarism from the Post’s travel section on April 17th that originated from a hired freelancer.

Pexton expounds on the topic of freelancer plagiarism, saying:


Tagged:  Current Events

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.


Tagged:  Current Events

Should Facebook Provide Plagiarism Checking Tools?

Posted by Robert Creutz on May 11, 2011 4:00:00 AM

The Washington Post recently publisheiStock 000008009190XSmalld an article that cited a plagiarism study from Turnitin.  Essentially, Turnitin scanned 40 million student papers and then took a survey of where the majority of the online duplicate content matches came from. 


Tagged:  Social Media, Resources

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.’  


Tagged:  Current Events

How to Stay on the Good Side of Google Panda

Posted by David Rothschild on Apr 21, 2011 2:21:00 PM
The search marketing world has been in a frenzy over Google’s recent ‘Panda’ update.  The Panda release involved modifying some of the underlying mechanisms of Google’s search algorithm – the result has been a benefit to some websites and a hindrance to others. Google’s primary goal with the Panda release was to place less importance on ‘content farms’ that regularly produced unoriginal material. google panda resized 600

One of the big benefits of Panda is that websites that publish plagiarized materials regularly should be taking a big hit.  


Tagged:  Technology

Does Press Release Plagiarism Go Unnoticed?

Posted by David Rothschild on Apr 13, 2011 12:45:00 PM

Press Release Plagiarism resized 600The press release has long been the preferred method for a business to announce any news, announcements, products or breakthroughs.  This document is often written in a standardized format, laying out the major segments of the story and providing easily digestible quotes for journalists that want to use the piece as a foundation for their coverage.  


Tagged:  Best Practices

Which Generation is to Blame for Plagiarism?

Posted by David Rothschild on Apr 8, 2011 12:47:00 PM
Young vs Old resized 600It’s pretty common that the younger generation gets blamed for plagiarism. Many people see a bunch of kids who grew up on the internet, mashing up You Tube videos and engaging in a cut-and-paste free for all with no regard for ‘journalistic integrity.’ There is definitely an argument to be made that a ‘free-wheeling’ internet culture has been a thorn in the side of proper citations and giving attribution where it’s due.

However, lately it seems that lapses of ethical judgment have been falling on the venerated professionals who have been entrenched in their respective industries for decades.  This was most recently illustrated with the case of Sari Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist who outright plagiarized from other news sources due to the ‘deadline pressure’ she was facing.