Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Plagiarism punished in Canada

Claude Robinson began a $2.53-million Quebec Superior Court copyright infringement lawsuit against Cinar and other defendants in July 1996 asserting they stole a cartoon character he created, and won a judgment of $5.2-million in August 2009, 13 years later.

The character involved was "Robinson Curiosité".

**In passing, from a post about freshmen likely to play for LSU in 2009-->

Plagiarism is the Sincerest Form of Flattery:

Never let it be said that I am not willing to "incorporate" a good idea from another site into this blog. Recently, the SBNation Alabama blog, Roll Bama Roll, made a post giving their thoughts on which members of the Bama class of 2009 were most likely to play as true freshmen. We've already kind of gone through this with our Class of 2009 feature, but it will be helpful to do so in a more formal way.


Comparing Kennedy's 1980 Democratic convention speech to Obama's present policies, someone wrote:

And health care is not the only plank in his 1980 platform that is eerily familiar. If Barack Obama had been seated beside him in poli-sci class, the new president might have been accused of plagiarism.


In the suit of Professor Mehta against Ohio University, Judge Joseph Clark ruled August 18, 2009 that Mehta did not prove his case and ordered him to pay court costs. Guess Mehta's expert on plagiarism (Patrick Scanlon, a faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology ) wasn't very credible.

See also
Does plagiarism require intent?

The answer is "No, it doesn't."


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