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County Paid Big Bucks for Plagiarism-Riddled Book

'Mercury News' finds that 20% of it was copied without attribution in Santa Clara

(Newser) - Santa Clara County Executive Jeff Smith is not only “shocked” but also “very concerned” to learn that a costly book project overseen by his office is in fact riddled with plagiarized passages. According to the Mercury News, which ran the 580-page taxpayer-funded manuscript through plagiarism software , some 20%...

Author's Essay Explaining Her Plagiarism Allegedly Contained ... More Plagiarism

Jumi Bello's novel, and now her essay about that novel, have both been pulled

(Newser) - An author's online essay on why she used plagiarized material in a novel pulled earlier this year has itself been removed after editors found she had again lifted material, the AP reports. Jumi Bello's “I Plagiarized Parts of My Debut Novel. Here’s Why" appeared just briefly...

He's Won 2 Oscars, Is Now Accused of Plagiarism

At issue: Asghar Farhadi's film 'A Hero'

(Newser) - Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi took home Oscars in 2012 and 2017 in the best international feature category. His 2021 film, A Hero, managed to win the grand prize at Cannes—but also land him in court to fend off allegations of plagiarism. The director has been accused by former film...

7 Years On, a New 'Shake It Off' Headache for Swift

She filed a motion seeking to have the case dismissed

(Newser) - Update: Taylor Swift wants a judge to take another look at his decision that a copyright infringement lawsuit against her can proceed. In a motion filed by Swift's side on Dec. 23, they say District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald should have considered the "extrinsic test" in regards to...

Fans Call Obvious Squid Game Knockoff 'Embarrassing'

Chinese streaming service Youku is accused of ripping off the Netflix hit

(Newser) - The "haunting" Squid Game has become Netflix's biggest show ever , a fact not lost on a streaming giant in China that's now being accused of plagiarizing the South Korean hit. Youku's version of Squid Game, per the BBC : an upcoming variety show entitled Squid's Victory,...

Commencement Address Was University President's Downfall

University of South Carolina president Bob Caslen resigns after plagiarism allegations

(Newser) - The embattled president of the University of South Carolina resigned on Wednesday, days after he delivered a commencement address marred by allegations of plagiarism and a misidentification of the school itself. In a news release, the school announced that the chairman of its board of trustees had accepted Bob Caslen'...

Lawsuit: Shyamalan's Servant Basically Stole 2013 Film

Francesca Gregorini says 'nothing was left untaken' from 'The Truth About Emanuel'

(Newser) - The Truth About Emanuel is about a nanny hired to take care of a "reborn" baby doll. M. Night Shyamalan's Servant , a new series streaming on Apple TV+, is about ... a nanny hired to take care of a "reborn" baby doll. Now Francesca Gregorini, the filmmaker...

Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' Hit With Plagiarism Claim

Songwriting brothers say they're responsible for key line

(Newser) - There's a battle raging over Lizzo's anthem "Truth Hurts"—the second longest-running No. 1 hit tied to a female rapper, with six weeks atop the Billboard's Hot 100 chart, per Forbes . As the New York Times reports, two songwriting brothers lay claim to a signature...

Principal Whose Words Echoed Kutcher's: 'I Made a Mistake'

West Virginia's Kenny DeMoss has been suspended for 5 days, without pay

(Newser) - A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school's graduating class has been suspended without pay for five days, the AP reports. The News and Sentinel reports Parkersburg High School's Kenny DeMoss was suspended Tuesday at a Wood County Board of Education...

Comics: SNL Ripped Us Off
Comics: SNL Ripped Us Off

Comics: SNL Ripped Us Off

2 NYC comedians say 2 different sketches were a little too close to their own work

(Newser) - Live from New York, it's ... apparently a repeat, of sorts. Two New York City comedians contend that a couple of sketches the show has aired are plagiarized from sketches they posted to their YouTube channel years ago. Nick Ruggia and Ryan Hoffman have lawyered up and sent NBC a...

Jill Abramson on Plagiarism Accusation: Look at Footnotes

Vice correspondent Michael Moynihan made the allegation on Wednesday

(Newser) - Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is facing allegations that she lifted material from other sources for her new book, Merchants of Truth. She and her publisher are promising to investigate, reports the AP . A Twitter thread posted Wednesday by Vice correspondent Michael Moynihan lists several examples of...

Film Critic Resigns Over Decade of Alleged Plagiarism

Colin Covert had written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for more than 30 years

(Newser) - The Minneapolis Star Tribune's film critic has resigned in the face of plagiarism accusations, the newspaper reported in an apology to its readers . The newspaper on Tuesday said it was tipped by a reader and confirmed instances in which Colin Covert's reviews included unique phrases previously used by...

Photojournalist Exposed as Fraud With Stolen Face

Photos attributed to Eduardo Martins appeared in 'WSJ,' other outlets

(Newser) - Once asked why he risked his life to photograph war-torn countries, Eduardo Martins expressed his desire to "show the public the reality of these places." The problem is the supposed Brazilian photojournalist didn't actually know the reality of places like Syria and Iraq because … he hadn'...

Crafty Politician Channels Frank Underwood, Goes Viral

He says he wanted 'the world's attention'

(Newser) - He might not have the speech-writing skills of Frank Underwood, but it appears he can spin a story just as well: Mexican politician Miguel Angel Covarrubias Cervantes shared a Facebook video Tuesday in which he delivers a speech that will sound awfully familiar to any fan of House of Cards ...

Bob Dylan Accused of Using SparkNotes for Nobel Lecture

Writer finds 20 strong similarities in Moby Dick portion

(Newser) - Bob Dylan delivered what was described as an "eloquent" lecture this month as part of his Nobel prize requirements—but one writer says he may have approached the task like a high school student with an overdue project. Dylan discussed three favorite works from childhood and Andrea Pitzer at...

Michelle Obama Mural Ignites Fight—Between Artists

Gelila Mesfin says mural artist Chris Devins stole her depiction of former first lady

(Newser) - A mural of Michelle Obama painted in Chicago, not far from where she grew up, has generated interest both for the painting and for artist Chris Devins, who told DNAinfo on Friday he "wanted to present her as what I think she is," which is draped in colorful...

Plagiarism Accusations Surface About Gorsuch

Though an author he's accused of copying defends him against the allegation

(Newser) - Senators who oppose Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court might have a little more ammunition to work with this week: Both Politico and BuzzFeed are out with reports suggesting that Gorsuch copied other authors without attribution in his writings, particularly in his 1986 book The Future of Assisted ...

White House Press Release Copies ExxonMobil's

Both releases contained identical paragraph

(Newser) - The White House and ExxonMobil were literally on the same page Monday when a White House statement on the oil giant's investment plan lifted an entire paragraph from an Exxon press release issued around 30 minutes earlier. Both statements praised how the company is "strategically investing in new...

Trump Pick Accused of Plagiarism Won't Take Job

Monica Crowley decides against joining administration after hubbub

(Newser) - Conservative commentator Monica Crowley will be looking for work outside the Trump White House, announcing Monday that she will back away from a top communications job in the wake of reports that she plagiarized liberally in her 2000 dissertation and 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened? "After much...

Top Trump Comms Pick Plagiarized in Book: Report

HarperCollins says it's 'looking into' claim that Monica Crowley liberally stole others' words

(Newser) - Amid accusations that Monica Crowley, Donald Trump's pick for National Security Council communications director, plagiarized rampantly in her 2012 book, What the (Bleep) Just Happened?, publisher HarperCollins says it's trying to figure out, well, what the bleep happened. A CNN KFile investigation found more than 50 instances of...

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