[FoRK] The Kaavya Viswanathan ("Harvard Novelist") plagiarism case
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Tue Apr 25 14:00:59 PDT 2006
Quoting "Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK)" <fork at ianbell.com>:
> Like most media, they live in a collusive universe of collective
> plausible deniability. They'd never welcome such a service.
On the one hand, I see that. On the other hand, if a publisher
subscribes to this service, they can say they did all one could
reasonably expect; they hired a professional service. What's the
downside to subscribing? Only cost, AFAICT, and with automation it
needn't be much.
The downside to _not_ subscribing is that, potentially, an author who
has been plagiarized could sue the publisher for additional damages,
for reckless indifference, or some such thing (IANAL). "Members of
the jury, had the defendant just used this cheap, automated service,
as all other major publishers do, they could have easily avoided this
whole problem." It's a Pinto moment.
(Actually, since "A Million Little Pieces" fell apart, Oprah has
pushed publishers to do far more fact-checking with their nonfiction.
She directs so much of the book-buying public that the publishers are
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