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Columbia Prof: They Ripped Me Off

I blogged yesterday about a Columbia University prof found to have plagiarized two students and a fellow professor a total of two dozen times, publishing the pilfered content in academic journals. Candace pointed out that the intellectual-property thief hadn’t been fired for this gravest of professional sins.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the prof’s side: “It was they who stole her work.”
Nothing is impossible, of course, but I would like to point out what each side wants you to believe:

  • One person, a plagiarist, stole from three others; or

  • Three people, all plagiarists, stole, by coincidence, from the same person. A Manhattan law firm, hired by the employer of the person who was actually stolen from, investigated and determined the opposite.


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