Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cal State settles SDSU prof plagiarism case

The Union Tribune noted that the Cal State system agreed to pay $15K to settle a copyright suit related to copying by a SDSU university professor, Robert Rauch.

Of 11th Amendment issues:

But U.S. District Judge John Houston ruled last year that SDSU, as a state entity, had sovereign immunity from a copyright suit under the Eleventh Amendment. This ruling dismissed CSU from the suit, leaving Rauch as the lone defendant. However, CSU recently agreed to the settlement to end any possibility of appeal.

The subject matter evoked Baker's claims about Proposition 71:

Rauch's report found the 2004 Holiday Bowl produced a record $38.2 million impact on San Diego, up from $30.3 million in Casinelli's 2003 report. Such economic impact reports are used by the bowl to campaign for public funds given to tourism-related businesses. The Holiday Bowl said it stood by the numbers.

“The settlement vindicates my rights,” said Casinelli, whose company recently won the contract to do the impact report for the 2011 Super Bowl in Texas.

**Separately, of the Barney Gimbel matter, one commenter wrote:

I think he figured the operative word was "Dickensian." See, programmers sometimes place useless items in their code so they can tell when it's stolen. That way you can't produce an operating system called "Mirrors" if Microsoft can show you have plenty of their markers in there. Microsoft has a high percentage of useless code, it's well known. Anyhow, this Gimbel guy figured if he didn't use "Dickensian" they'd never catch him on the plagiarism ploy if he used every other word. That's smart figuring.

Doris Kearns-Goodwin said she just got her notes mixed up with the ones she'd taken down from her sources. Sort of the Madoff alibi. And she's still on the talk shows on teevee. Try that if you're caught.

IPBiz notes bogus stuff to snag copyists preceded Microsoft. Fake entries on maps and in phone books.

Also, Tim Russert loved to have copyists on "Meet the Press," including Kearns-Goodwin, who was once asked about someone else's copying!


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