Tagged with plagiarism

Testing the Tariff

Merry winter break!  Now that I’ve had some time away from the classroom, I’ve been catching up on all the reading and writing and thinking I wanted to do all semester.  In fact, it’s gotten to the point where I’m catching up with things I’ve been meaning to do since Summer 🙂 Posting on the … Continue reading

Rand Paul in Plagiarism Detention?

So, I’ve heard all about the Rand Paul case this past two months or so.  And, by now, it’s very old news.  But, I’m an academic, not a political blogger, so I hope you’ll forgive me for being slow to join the conversation, taking time to sip my tea, grade final student papers, and mull … Continue reading

Reflections on Translation Plagiarism

During this past month I’ve been re-immersing myself in Old English language and poetry in preparation for my language exam.  Now that I’ve taken it, and I’m done with all the memorization (knock on wood—I still don’t know whether I’ve passed or not) maybe I can put together some of my scattered thoughts on plagiarism … Continue reading

Why Isn’t Sampling Fair Use?

I got tired of reading yesterday, but I didn’t want to spoil my momentum on a day I had entirely free, so watched a documentary related to my current emphasis on ‘stuff that complicates copyright.’  The documentary “Copyright Criminals” presents a sympathetic view of sampling, the hip-hop mode of creating songs out of bits and … Continue reading

Plagiarism as Cannibalism

Charles Olson’s Call Me Ishmael perplexed me all morning until now—and I got it like a lightbulb.  The critical book/essay written in a very non-traditional prose-poem style, but that isn’t what threw me off; it was the beginning story, which he calls the “First Fact” about a ship sunk by a collision with a whale … Continue reading