logo

Against Monopoly

defending the right to innovate

Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.





Copyright Notice: We don't think much of copyright, so you can do what you want with the content on this blog. Of course we are hungry for publicity, so we would be pleased if you avoided plagiarism and gave us credit for what we have written. We encourage you not to impose copyright restrictions on your "derivative" works, but we won't try to stop you. For the legally or statist minded, you can consider yourself subject to a Creative Commons Attribution License.


current posts | more recent posts

back


Comments

1. Plagiarism most certainly is illegal, it is called "copyright infringement". One very famous plagiarism case involves the song "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison. (see Bright Songs Music v. Harrisongs Music). There are many others.

2. Contract law only applies to people who have a contract. Yes, an employer may be able to punish an employee who plagiarizes, as your academic example shows. But this case is EMPLOYER v. PLAGIARIST. Contract law cannot address AUTHOR v. PLAGIARIST.

Mr. Levine, why to you ignore the AUTHOR?

The issue is whether the crime is punished not who punishes it. If somebody robs our house we do not deliver our own justice. Why does the author need to in the case of plagiarism?
@ Alexander Baker: So basically, if I copy parts of 'Titus Andronicus' to a webpage without attribution and someone who has never heard of it believes that I'm the author, I've committed copyright infringement even though the actual author of that play died 93 years before the world's first copyright law received Royal Assent? How does that even make sense?

current posts | more recent posts


Submit Comment

Blog Post

Name:

Email (optional):

Your Humanity:

Prove you are human by retyping the anti-spam code.
For example if the code is unodosthreefour,
type 1234 in the textbox below.

Anti-spam Code
SevenQuatroSevenSix:


Post



   

Most Recent Comments

James Boyle's new book with his congenial IP views free to download

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

French firm has patents on using computers to choose medical treatment 1

Copyright batte over 'unauthorized' Catcher in the Rye commentary 1