Sunday, July 19, 2009

Self-plagiarizing law prof snagged

In the time prior to Poshard's plagiarism at SIU, one had the matter of Walter Wendler, who self-plagiarized (copied his own earlier stuff without attribution) but who defended himself by saying "one cannot plagiarise oneself."

Now, in South Korea we have the Hyun Byung-chul matter. The Korea Times reports:

Hyun, a law professor at Hanyang University, allegedly copied many paragraphs from his papers published in 1986 and 1998 for other papers published by different journals in 1989 and 2002, respectively, the Hankyoreh newspaper reported.

The original papers and the copied ones had different titles and some different sentences, but virtually are the same, it said, quoting legal experts. Hyun failed to identify quotations or reveal the source of information in the copied papers.

Wendler's material was the same topic, different university. Hyun's defense: Hyun denied the report, saying he wrote about different subjects in the papers, but they could carry the same sentences. Recall Dershowitz asserted law had a different culture (one where copying was standard procedure?)

See also:

SIU plagiarism scandal takes another nasty turn


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