Sunday, November 08, 2009

Plagiarism, sock-puppeting and the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Gothamist writes:

Posting online comments under multiple aliases is apparently against the law, at least in the case of Raphael Haim Golb, 49, who is suspected of using 50 different e-mail addresses and monikers — some of the names belonging to academic rivals — to bolster his arguments about the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls. To back up his belief that the relics were actually produced in Jerusalem libraries, Golb allegedly used multiple online "sock puppets," or fake identities, to make it seem like he had supporters.

Golb may have used fake ID's to create fake academic supporters (as did Ward Churchill) AND may have used misappropriated ID's to discredit his rivals, by having them "admit" to things under the misappropriated ID.

In the lemming-world of patent law academics, there's no need to generate fake supporters, because almost everybody is in the same bed. Just look at how readily, and without thought, the 97% number of Quillen and Webster was accepted.

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