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4 years ago  ::  Oct 28, 2010 - 1:43PM #1
Ironhold
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According to the story, in 2008 an author wrote a handbook about the presidential elections and sent a few copies up to Oprah in an effort to gain publicity; he heard nothing in response.


Then earlier this year, she reportedly read entire passages from the book on the air w/o citation.


Dunno about anyone else, but I get the feeling that even if Oprah's guilty she'll be getting away cleanly; she's got the fame and the money to be pretty well untouchable.

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4 years ago  ::  Oct 28, 2010 - 1:46PM #2
Christianlib
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Suing is one thing.  Winning in court yet another.


 


Let's wait and see.

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4 years ago  ::  Oct 28, 2010 - 5:16PM #3
Hatman
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Plagiarism?


i thought that plagiarism, by definition, was to claim someone else's written work as your own; does simply reading the work of another and forgetting to mention the author thereof rise to that level?


Methinks not, but it's now a matter for a judge to decide.


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4 years ago  ::  Oct 28, 2010 - 5:28PM #4
Christianlib
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I think you are right, Hat.


The author SENT her the work.  Did he not intend for it to be read?


At WORST, this is lack of attribution.  At best, it is BS.


As a longtime writer for broadcast media (mostly advertising), I can tell you that NO show or network will accept unsolicited work, manuscript or printed, without the author having signed a release.


They do this to protect themselves against the silly, "I sent CSI a story "just like that" five years ago.  They never replied, and now they've stolen my work."


No signed release, the unsolicited work will be returned unopened.  IF accidently opened, it will be returned with an affidavit from the legal dept. saying it has not been read.

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4 years ago  ::  Oct 28, 2010 - 6:55PM #5
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Oct 28, 2010 -- 5:16PM, Hatman wrote:

Plagiarism? i thought that plagiarism, by definition, was to claim someone else's work as your own; does simply reading the work of another and forgetting to mention the author thereof rise to that level? Methinks not, but it's now a matter for a judge to decide. Warmest regards- Hatman




Depending on the circumstances, it could be considered parody, fair use, lacking attribution (which is technically illegal but generally considered a slap on the wrist) or outright plagerism.

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4 years ago  ::  Nov 04, 2010 - 8:37AM #6
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