Plagiarism and copyright

updated 1/17/17

Some notorious cases of plagiarism:

. . .Jonah Lehrer

. . .Kaavya Viswanathan

. . .Stephen Glass

. . . . . .(I liked the movie! “Shattered Glass“)

. . .Fareed Zakaria

. . . . . .A creative solution is proposed

. . .Popular musicians

. . . . . .- a popular term project topic in this class Etc.

. . .Let me tell what happened when I noticed a press release was plagiarized on the CBS news site

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What is the problem with plagiarism?

. . .Who cares?

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Copyright vs. plagiarism

. . .Copyright is a legal concept

. . .Plagiarism is not a legal concept

. . .There is no law against it!

. . .Purpose of copyright:

. . . . . .1. Encourage people to create IP

. . . . . .2. Maximize the IP’s value to society

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Encouraging people to create IP

. . .Suppose you were the ruler of England in 1709

. . . . . .(Because that’s where the first copyright law began)

. . .How might you encourage IP creation?

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Maximizing IP’s value to society

. . .How do copyright laws restrict society’s freedom to use copyrighted IP?

. . . So, say you’re the queen (well, parliament):

. . . . . .What do you do now??

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Statute of Anne

. . .The first copyright law

. . .Passed in 1710

. . .Gave authors rights for 14 years

. . . . . .They could renew for another term

. . .What happened when a work’s copyright expired?

. . . . . .it become unprotected, public property

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Comments

. . .Note the balance of author and public rights

. . . . . .That’s the whole point!

. . . . . .Protect the author, to encourage creation of IP

. . . . . .Protect public right to reuse, to encourage use

. . . . . .“even in the 21st century is ‘frequently invoked by modern judges and academics as embodying the utilitarian underpinnings of copyright law'” – wikipedia, quoting I. Alexander, 2010, Copyright Law and the Public Interest in the Nineteenth Century, Hart Publishing, ISBN 978-1-84113-786-5.

. . . . . .What do you think of the Curtis Brown solution linked above (Zakaria case)?

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