Category Archives: Copyright/Plagiarism

Rock Ethics Institute Academic Integrity Vignettes

Another great resource on plagiarism and academic integrity comes from the Penn Rock Ethics Institute. Like the copyright videos on http://copyright.psu.edu/, the vignettes are video plays which are meant to entertain as well as educate. A favorite is Plagiarism Vignette … Continue reading

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Get your “Plagiarism Today”

Pardon the cheesy title, but I did want to point out a new blog on plagiarism and copyright I’ve found recently: http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/ It updates daily and has some great articles explaining different aspects of copyright. A recent favorite is “Five … Continue reading

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Triannual DMCA Exemption Fest

One provision of the DMCA act is that every three years, the community can petition for exemptions to the no-hacking clause. A popular theme this year is a request of exemptions which allow users to unlock DRM if the authentication … Continue reading

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Plagiarism as documented by Tom Lehrer

If I sound skeptical that college has changed so much, it’s probably because I was exposed to Tom Lehrer at too early an age. For instance his alma mater song Bright College Days from the late 1950s fondly recalls To … Continue reading

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Living with Plagiarism

As I have been reminding people recently I both maintain a plagiarism Web site and teach the occasional linguistics course. This is one of those times I’m glad to see an issue like plagiarism from multiple points of view. Interestingly … Continue reading

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Course Hero – The Study Site that’s a Pyramid Scheme?

The original discovery of this little gem goes to one of my Harrisburg colleagues who learned about it from an instructor. The site in question is Course Hero or “An Open Online Study Community”, but note how the home page … Continue reading

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When Fair Use Becomes Bad Writing

The plagiarism news wire came up with a new twist on plagiarism I had not considered before – the use of reference works in historical fiction. </p? Any novel writer who wants to be taken seriously by historians must of … Continue reading

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Electronic Reserves: An “Unglamourous” But Successful Service

Electronic Reserves – a University Libraries Service in which instructors request library content for their courses to be digitized and made available online to students. A few of these documents may be streamed music or online images, but truthfully most … Continue reading

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Lawrence Lessig – Elizabeth’s Quirky View

I lucky enough to attend Lawrence Lessig’s Keynote address at the Penn State 2008 Symposium last week. If nothing else, it was worth it to see the mashup of George Bush and Tony Blair singing Endless Love to each other … Continue reading

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Using Calculus to Determine “Optimal Copyright”

Although we associate calculus with the hard sciences, in fact it’s an important tool for economic and business analysis. For instance, I just found a reference to a paper “Forever Minus a Day?: Some Theory and Empirics of Optimal Copyright” … Continue reading

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