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« on: May 06, 2006, 06:41:39 AM »

Fingers in the word-till

Plagiarism is more than karaoke prose - it's the curse of desperate authors and greedy publishers

Mark Lawson
Friday May 5, 2006
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Kaavya Viswanathan's novel has been withdrawn from bookstores after the discovery that it incorporated work by other writers. Photo: AP
 
The best image of plagiarism I can think of is that of someone being caught with their fingers in the word-till. Unfortunately, it wasn't me who thought of it, but Martin Amis.
Is it possible, though, that having read and admired that metaphor many years ago, I might somehow bury it in my sub-conscious so that it jumps out one day as my own fresh phrase? And, even as I wrote that scrupulously attributed opening paragraph, a fear lurked that this thieving-from-Amis conceit had been used in a previous column on plagiarism. But was it by me or by DJ Taylor?

Read more - http://books.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1767928,00.html
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2006, 01:39:07 PM »

Amen, Mark Lawson!  afro
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2006, 01:56:45 PM »

I don't think it's so cut and dry.

Copying or stealing someone's ideas - fair dues. But what about using a clever similie or metaphor you've read in the past and may not even remember from where? Cliche's are fair game, so surely any turn of phrase is...?

What about characters - you get stock characters just because they're so widely used

But girl in the article - photographic memory my arse! Photocopier more like  grin
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2006, 07:31:30 PM »

Difficult ground, for sure.  I wonder if she'll have to give back the half million dollar advance? scratch

One thing's for sure - I doubt she'll be getting another... ever.
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2006, 02:10:49 PM »

Having seen some of the extracts, sections were copied almost word-for-word. How stupid is that?
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2006, 06:58:59 AM »

Publisher Cancels Book Deal Over Plagiarism 

Harvard University student Kaavya Viswanathan's Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life has been permanently withdrawn and her two-book deal with Little, Brown and Company, an imprint of Time Warner, has been canceled. The publisher announced the decision after Crown, a division of Random House, rejected the 19-year-old author's apology for borrowing from Megan McCafferty's Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings.

The Harvard Crimson also reports that Viswanathan borrowed portions of Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries and The New York Times has reported borrowed passages also came from Sophie Kinsella's Can You Keep a Secret. The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey, plans on reviewing the articles Viswanathan wrote for the daily paper in 2003 and 2004.
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