Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Plagiarism hidden because of collusive ties between literary critics and major publishers?

The New York Times has covered the plagiarism charges against Korean author Shin Kyung-sook in the post
South Korean Novelist Apologizes in Wake of Plagiarism Accusation

Within the NYT post is the text

Over the past week, Ms. Shin has come under increasing pressure to respond to the plagiarism accusation, which was made by the novelist Lee Eung-jun in an online commentary. Mr. Lee and others have argued that instances of plagiarism by best-selling authors such as Ms. Shin go largely unnoticed because of collusive ties between literary critics and major publishers.

One notes that in the famous Harvard plagiarism case involving Kaavya Viswanathan, plagiarism was "caught" not by publishers or by book critics but rather by readers. IPBiz wrote in 2006:

authors such as Viswanathan or Laurence Tribe borrow freely from previously-written works, and there is little if any penalty. In the case of Viswanathan, plagiarism was caught not by sophisticated anti-plagiarism software, frequently advertised on the internet, or by the copyright "police," but rather by customers (ie, book buyers) who noticed the similarities.

[Note IPBiz posts:

Boston Globe on plagiarism by Viswanathan

Baltimore Sun out of touch on Harvard plagiarism? ]

See also

Plagiarism charges against professor's Civil War book

And from Levin's CivilWarMemory:

UT is going to have to take a look at its peer review process and try to figure out how this one got through.



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