Monday, July 28, 2014

Boston Globe expounds on plagiarism

The Boston Globe discusses recent plagiarism incidents in an article Plagiarism incidents undercut message to students

Included in the text is

a high school principal in New York apologized after writing a yearbook message that was nearly identical to a California principal’s from a year earlier, down to the name of his school.

One recalls an IPBiz post back in 2007 which included:

The onlypunjab web site still has the article:

Edison as a Patent Troll, or Where is California Going in Stem Cell Research? -
By: Annie Kaszina

in which "Annie Kaszina" had substituted her name for LBE in an article which had appeared on ezines in June 2006. Unfortunately for "Annie," the bio of LBE was left at the bottom of the article, and as of May 12, 2007, the bio still is within the plagiarized article on theonlypunjab site:

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.

Plagiarism is bad. Leaving behind indicia of the original author is stupid.

As to the Boston Globe and plagiarism, recall from a CNN story in the year 1998:

Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle quit Wednesday as questions were being raised about two more of his columns.

The pugnacious writer, who has become an institution in Boston over the course of a 25-year career at the Globe, told TV station WCVB that his resignation was "the best thing for the paper."

Globe editor Matthew Storin told the staff that he had asked for and received Barnicle's resignation, because of questions about whether the writer had fabricated characters in a 1995 column.

Also, in an issue that will hit newsstands Friday, The Boston Phoenix weekly newspaper will report that Barnicle lifted portions of a 1986 column from a 1961 book by journalist A.J. Liebling.

Earlier this month, Storin demanded Barnicle's resignation after discovering that he used jokes from a book by George Carlin without attribution in an August 2 column. But after an outcry from the public and some other journalists, Storin relented and announced last week that Barnicle would be suspended for two months without pay instead.


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