Recently, in the international edition of the New York Times, reporter D.D. Guttenplan talked about the recent scandal involving Germany’s Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who has had his doctorate rescinded and may lose his position over a allegation he plagiarized his dissertation.
Guttenplan interviewed Jonathan to talk about perceptions of plagiarism across the globe, especially comparing Germany’s views to that of the U.S. and elsewhere. From the article:
Jonathan Bailey, a consultant in New Orleans who runs the Web site “Plagiarism Today,” agrees. “There’s a lot of cultural differences in how people respond to plagiarism,” he said.
In the former republics of the Soviet Union, “people grew up with a very strong idea that intellectual property was community property. So there is still real resistance to the idea that words belong to anyone,” Mr. Bailey said. In many developing countries, a formal or legal prohibition against plagiarism “comes up against their desire to become a power in the global scientific community,” he said.
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