Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Reuters flubs Plagiarism 101in Da Vinci Code story

Although, as pointed out in IPBiz, plagiarism and copyright infringement are two different concepts, the popular press confuses the two, as recently happened in a report by Reuters on the Da Vinci Code litigation.

The Reuters story begins: Two historians who lost a plagiarism case against "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown launched an appeal on Tuesday [Jan. 16] to have the verdict overturned.

Later in the Reuters story: "Was there enough of an expenditure of skill and labor to warrant copyright protection? The appellants submit that there was."

"Judge Peter Smith ruled in April that the central themes were too general or abstract to be protected by copyright."


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