Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 6 -
Punishment for Plagiarists: Real World Case
Unfortunately, the Dean of the college was far
more tolerant than the professor was, and he refused to allow the
professor to pursue his complaint. To this professor, it seems that
the web thief was enabled by the lack of threat of consequences.
Plagiarism, intentional or not, is considered
stealing and can expose one to serious liability. In 2004, a noted
author and publisher was reviewing a job interview book and
discovered an entire page that he had written which had been stolen
and published by one of the world’s largest publishers. Fortunately
for the publisher, he was also one of their authors and was familiar
with their contract that holds the author solely responsible for
ensuring that their content is their own work.
Victims of plagiarism are entitled to the
To have the offending book recalled from
distribution – This can cost the publisher over $100k, and the
author is required to pay for it.
To receive an official published apology – The
plagiarist must publicly admit their theft and acknowledge the
rightful creator of the material.
Civil damages – In one case, the victim sued
the author and received over a quarter of a million dollars. The
author lost his house and savings and was ruined by his act.
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