Friday, June 19, 2009

"This blatant rip-off is unacceptable, even for a blogger."

Within the text of a post by Richard Connelly titled: Plagiarism? Or Great Minds Thinking Alike? A Lunatic Rant Inspires Controversy, one has the words:

This blatant rip-off is unacceptable, even for a blogger.

Connelly, on inspecting the facts, concludes: But no plagiarism was involved.

This wasn't even close.

For real copying, see the discussion in

JEB Stuart travels to India

Yes, even in June 2009, one can still see a thousand word article plagiarized word for word:

Edison as a Patent Troll, or Where is California Going in Stem Cell Research?

By: Annie Kaszina

The funny part is that even the bio of the true author was copied into the plagiarized version:

Lawrence B. Ebert is a registered patent attorney located in central New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford, a J.D. from the University of Chicago, maintains a blog at, and is the author of LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THE HWANG MATTER: ANALYZING INNOVATION THE RIGHT WAY, published in the Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society [88 JPTOS 239 (March 2006)]. The above material is based on a submission to Intellectual Property Today [IPT] which was supposed to have been published in April 2006, but which was not published. Most endnotes of the IPT submission have not been reproduced here. The contents of Endnote 18 of the IPT submission did appear within comments to the USPTO concerning proposed rulemaking about continuing patent applications. Ezine draft submitted June 16, 2006.

At least Joe Biden used his own name when borrowing from Kinnock.

**UPDATE. Link from fark-->

Helpful hint: when plagiarizing an article just go ahead and skip the last paragraph if it is a bio of the real author

**FOLLOWUP. For those that read this far into the post, there is an additional (humorous) part to this story which arose when
LBE tried to submit an article to ezine on being plagiarized. HINT: the article is not on ezine.


Blogger Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin said...

Are there any cases of this type of plagiarism that have gone through court.

I have read about the recent
The Journal Inquirer vs Hartford Courant
case. But as it hasn't gone to judgement hard to use as a case study.

It seems that most of it gets sorted out before court as it is just an infringement of copyright, any ideas?

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