Author Archives: Jonathan Bailey

Plagiarism Taboo Topics: Cryptomnesia

Plagiarism Taboo Topics: Cryptomnesia

Brain Scan ImagePlagiarism is an ethical misstep in any creative or academic field. However, it is also a field of academic study unto itself and is the subject of studies, research articles and more.

Researchers are constantly probing the issue of plagiarism to try and find what the boundaries of plagiarism are, work to reduce the problem and find ways to detect issues that do arise. These are not easy tasks and many of the best minds on plagiarism will be meeting next month at the 6th International Integrity and Plagiarism Conference to discuss many of these issues.

But plagiarism, like any other area of academic research, has taboo subjects which are difficult to talk about or bring up. These subjects become taboos for different reasons, but the commonality between them is that they are all divisive subjects in some way and the heated disagreements over them make them difficult and uncomfortable to raise.

Still, just like any other area of academic study, it’s important to address those taboos and talk about them openly. If we can’t at least acknowledge the difficulties we have talking about these issues, we will find it impossible to actually deal with them.

So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to do a short series on some of the taboo topics those in the plagiarism field encounter. My goal isn’t to state my opinions on these subjects, but to merely say what they are and why they are as controversial as they are.

Today we begin the series with one of the most controversial topics in plagiarism: Cryptomnesia, the idea that you can be a plagiarist and not even realize it.Continue Reading

3 Count: Alito’s Back

3 Count: Alito’s Back

Justice Alito returns to the Aereo case, Aereo launches consumer education site and Spotify shutters its massive p2p network.Continue Reading

3 Count: Returning Cars

3 Count: Returning Cars

Two more Android pirates plead guilty, Kim Dotcom may get some of his property back and more tech companies back Google in Innocence of Muslims case.Continue Reading

The Spotify Lover’s Delimma

The Spotify Lover’s Delimma

Spotify, and the services like it, bring unprecedented options to music fans. But those options haven’t equated to success for musicians, creating a dilemma.Continue Reading

3 Count: Banana Dance

3 Count: Banana Dance

MGM loses bid to look at Section 6 script, broadcasters ponder post-Aereo future and banana costume leads to bizarre appeals court ruling.Continue Reading

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 322 – Mega Lawsuit

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 322 – Mega Lawsuit

Movie studios sue Kim Dotcom/Megaupload, Record labels sue VKontakte and UK streaming site owner arrested by City of London Police. Continue Reading

3 Count: Book Appeal

3 Count: Book Appeal

The Authors Guild appeals the Google Book Search ruling, cyberlocker operator arrested and Universal responds to MGM over Section 6 suit.Continue Reading

3 Count: RIAA Too…

3 Count: RIAA Too…

Record labels file lawsuit against Megaupload, Aereo to make the jump to Chromecast and American Express says pirate sites are stealing their ads.Continue Reading

3 Count: Dutch Download

3 Count: Dutch Download

EU Court orders Netherlands to make pirate downloading illegal, photographer targets 300 who used his image and Saudi Arabia closes stores over copyright.Continue Reading

3 Tips for Choosing Plagiarism-Resistant Writing Topics

3 Tips for Choosing Plagiarism-Resistant Writing Topics

The topic you choose can have a profound impact on how heavily it is plagiarized. Choosing well before you start writing can save you a lot of headache.Continue Reading