Wednesday, October 08, 2014

2014 complaint about stolen comedy sketch: there's a culture of plagiarism in the business

The quote is within the post Comedian says Lorne Michaels should fire 'Saturday Night Live' writers who steal material about an allegation that SNL people stole a Groundlings sketch.

One recalls fall-out ten years ago from the plagiarism done by Laurence Tribe:

Seizing upon Dershowitz's public mention of "cultural differences" between the legal profession (where judges routinely take the work of lawyers and clerks in writing their opinions) and the rest of academia, Dean Velvel expressed disbelief that Dershowitz would make such a distinction the basis for an excuse.

Dershowitz responded to Velvel, acknowledging that he stood by his comment of cultural differences but explaining that it was meant to serve as an observation on how accidental plagiarism may occur, not a defense of such actions. "There is never under any circumstances any justification for plagiarism and nothing I said was intended to serve as a justification," wrote Dershowitz. Dershowitz also suggested the establishment of a committee to set out clear guidelines for the use of research assistants by law professors.

quoted from 2004 post in IPBiz titled Accuracy in publication--time for law reviews to wise up?

Of course, no discussion of Harvard plagiarism is complete without mention of "Plagiarize with Pride":

One notes that the Harvard Business Review was not so timid. At page 68 in the April 2004 issue of HBR, one has in the article that became the basis for Hardball:

Plagiarize with pride.

Softball competitors like to think that their bright ideas are sacred. But hardball players know better. They're willing to steal any good idea they say --as long as it isn't nailed down by a robust patent -- and use it for themselves. Ray Kroc didn't invent McDonald's; he took the idea from brothers Dick and Maurice McDonald when he bought their small chain of burger joints. Home Depot founders Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus didn't invent the first warehouse-outlet hardware chain; they got the "big box" concept from their earlier employer, Handy Dan Home Improvement.

quoted from 2006 IPBiz post Harvard Business Review article: Plagiarize with Pride


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