Plagiarism: there’s a real plague of it… It seems to be everywhere, suddenly. Alleged culprits range from a self-publishing romance author who plagiarized other authors’ novels, to a Vatican spokesperson.
And even, if you can believe it, a former executive editor of The New York Times.
The mind boggles.
A short and basic definition of plagiarism, according to Google, is: “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.”
You expect copy-and-paste shenanigans from school kids, but not from adults.
A plagiarizing romance author
Romance author Cristiane Serruya allegedly lifted words from many romance authors, including Courtney Milan. That proved to be a big mistake:
Milan is a lawyer who used to teach intellectual property law at Seattle University.
Weirdly enough, I’d just written a blog post about ghostwriting, and then I saw Courtney’s post.
As soon as I read Cristiane Serruya’s tweet blaming her Fiverr ghostwriter, I posted to Facebook:
Apropos my blog post about ghostwriting that I posted to the blog earlier; I noticed Courtney Milan’s post here.
And this tweet from the alleged plagiarist. (The tweet was deleted within hours.)
(The plagiarist) claims she hired a ghostwriter from (the mind boggles, and I can’t believe I’m typing this) FIVERR? Seriously??
I haven’t followed the story, but I feel sad for all the innocent authors caught up in this because someone decided to lift their words. It’s a horrid situation.
A plagiarizing Catholic priest
From the froth and frivolity of romance to a plagiarism story involving Vatican spokesman Father Thomas Rosica:
Rosica has apologized for plagiarism while simultaneously explaining to the National Post that his misappropriation of others’ work could be attributed to his reliance on his Salt + Light interns and on poor note-taking.
A plagiarizing former executive editor of The New York Times
From Rolling Stone, Jill Abramson Plagiarized My Writing. So I Interviewed Her About It:
The most unsettling part of the night was the way Abramson brushed off the plagiarism charges like so much dirt on her shoulder. “I don’t think it’s an issue at all,” she told MacCallum. Later she seemed to change her mind, tweeting, “I take seriously the issues raised and will review the passages in question.”
A good article, with a brilliant title. 🙂
The big excuse for plagiarism from the alleged culprits? General incompetence
The excuses: “my ghostwriter did it”; “my intern did it”; “I was sloppy”… are depressing.
What’s even more depressing is that the alleged culprits thought to evade culpability, and excuse their behavior at all, instead of apologizing, accepting responsibility, and doing everything they can to make things right.
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