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September 13, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
They've got a lotta nerve, to say he stole some words. That's essentially Bob Dylan's response to criticism that has sprouted up periodically throughout his half-century (and counting) career that he has quoted or outright plagiarized other writers' words in some of his songs. Talking to Rolling Stone contributor Mikal Gilmore in the Sept. 27 issue of the magazine - which hits newsstands Friday--Dylan blasts such critics with harsh words. The exchange with Gilmore , who cited specific instances over which Dylan has been slammed for lifting thoughts and phrases from Japanese author Junichi Saga and Civil War poet Henry Timrod, begins politely, with Dylan shifting into musicologist mode: “In folk and jazz, quotation is a rich and enriching tradition,” Dylan said.
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February 12, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Beverly Boulevard is awash in meta-ism today. In addition to Shia LaBeouf's so-called art installation - a plagiarized play on plagiarism itself, which has been prattling on since Tuesday morning at Cohen Gallery - now actor Jerry O'Connell has set up an art installation of his own, a spoof coordinated by Funny or Die directly next door, mocking LaBeouf. Whereas LaBeouf's art-apology, “IAMSORRY,” is riffing on artist Marina Abramovic's 2010 MoMA piece “The Artist Is Present,” O'Connell's #IAMSORRYTOO is riffing on LaBeouf's riffing of Abramovic.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The student's admissions essay for Boston University's MBA program was about persevering in the business world. "I have worked for organizations in which the culture has been open and nurturing, and for others that have been elitist. In the latter case, arrogance becomes pervasive, straining external partnerships. " Another applicant's essay for UCLA's Anderson School of Management was about his father. He "worked for organizations in which the culture has been open and nurturing, and for others that have been elitist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | By David Colker
Romance novelist Janet Dailey, who went from secretary to bestselling author with millions of copies of her books sold worldwide, found herself in the midst of a scandal in 1997 that could have been a career-ender. But in her world, the heroine always found a way to overcome dire straits. In Dailey's "Night of the Cotillion" (1977), Amanda finds love with Jarod, though he mocks her early on for being "wrapped up in those romantic notions ... and the happily-ever-afters. " In "For the Love of God" (1981)
WORLD
February 14, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Germany replaced its embattled education minister Thursday, choosing a mathematician to succeed Annette Schavan, who was accused of plagiarizing parts of her doctoral thesis. Schavan announced her resignation days after a University of Dusseldorf probe determined that the minister had “systematically and deliberately” used others' work without crediting it. The former minister denies any wrongdoing and says she will contest the decision in court. However, Schavan said Saturday that she was stepping down anyway because an education minister suing a university would cause difficulties for the government.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013 | By John Horn
Lianne MacDougall, a film writer who specializes in genre movies and has been linked romantically to Quentin Tarantino, has been accused of repeated plagiarism and apparently has taken to Twitter to apologize for lifting whole sections of other articles. Mike White at the website the Impossible Funky  said he has chronicled a series of verbatim lifting published by MacDougall, who uses the Web alias Spiderbaby and writes for the sites FEARnet.com and hosts the online show Frightbytes.
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August 10, 2012 | By Scott Collins
  CNN host Fareed Zakaria is in the crosshairs after being accused of plagiarism for a gun-control column. The network said Friday it had suspended Zakaria, a foreign-policy expert and the host of "Fareed Zakaria GPS," after questions arose about a column he wrote this month for Time headlined "The Case for Gun Control. " In the column , Zakaria alluded to the recent shootings at a Colorado movie theater and a Wisconsin Sikh temple, but the rest appeared to be borrowed heavily and without attribution from an April 22 New Yorker article about guns in America by Jill Lepore.
NEWS
November 6, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul shifted his tone from apology to condemnation Wednesday as he continued to face fallout from alleged plagiarism in numerous speeches and articles. Last week, the Kentucky Republican chalked up accusations that he had improperly lifted passages from Wikipedia to a misunderstanding about attribution practices and the malicious intent of “haters.” But as more suspiciously similar passages emerged, including one in a September Washington Times column that prompted the paper to suspend Paul's weekly contributions, Paul has been forced to go on the offensive.
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May 30, 2013 | By David Ng
Finnair, the largest airline in Finland, said on Wednesday that it will remove artwork that adorns an Airbus plane in its fleet after it was discovered that the art was plagiarized. The design on the plane, which depicts a group of trees in a forest, was created by the Finnish firm Marimekko five years ago, according to reports. But it turns out that the design was improperly copied from the celebrated Ukrainian folk artist Maria Primatshenko. A spokeswoman for Finnair told the Associated Press that the design would be painted over as soon as possible.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
Primatologist Jane Goodall and publisher Grand Central have announced they will delay publication of Goodall's forthcoming tree-focused book "Seeds of Hope" in the wake of accusations that certain passages were plagiarized. The Washington Post noted the lack of attribution of certain passages last week. "Together with my publisher, I have decided to postpone the release of my new book, SEEDS OF HOPE, so that we may have the necessary time to correct any unintentional errors," Goodall said in a statement released Friday.
NEWS
November 6, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul shifted his tone from apology to condemnation Wednesday as he continued to face fallout from alleged plagiarism in numerous speeches and articles. Last week, the Kentucky Republican chalked up accusations that he had improperly lifted passages from Wikipedia to a misunderstanding about attribution practices and the malicious intent of “haters.” But as more suspiciously similar passages emerged, including one in a September Washington Times column that prompted the paper to suspend Paul's weekly contributions, Paul has been forced to go on the offensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
One measure of a savvy politician is how he handles his mistakes. Expressing nostalgia for the days when one could shoot or stab a critic is not a great PR move. Rand Paul, the Republican U.S. senator from Kentucky who has been accused of serial plagiarism, is melting under the heat. The freshman senator, beloved by the tea party and touted as a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, has lashed out at the reporters who have discovered his borrowings, calling them "hacks and haters.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By Morgan Little
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), facing accusations that he plagiarized Wikipedia entries in two speeches, claims critics are “making a mountain out of a molehill,” and that he credited the proper sources. While campaigning for Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, earlier this week, Paul warned Liberty University students about the dangers of genetic testing. “In your lifetime, much of your potential, or lack thereof, can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Rachel Maddow is a "hater" who needs to stop nitpicking -- or so says Sen. Rand Paul. Maddow, the liberal MSNBC host, this week accused GOP leader Paul of making a speech that "totally plagiarized" the Wikipedia page for the sci-fi film "Gattaca. " In the speech, Paul referenced the movie and its world "where DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class. " This and other lines seemed lifted directly from the Wikipedia page. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Big deal, Paul said in a Wednesday interview with Fusion.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The Forward Prize for poetry was thrust into the news last month when a poet withdrew from consideration after it was revealed he had plagiarized some earlier work. The British prize , worth more than $16,000, was presented Tuesday night to Michael Symmons Roberts for his collection "Drysalter. " Each of the 150 poems in the collection is exactly 15 lines long; the title refers to an 18th-century store stocking poisons, powders, gums and drugs -- "with a nod, too, to the Psalter," as is noted on the prize's website.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
The poet C.J. Allen has withdrawn his poem, “Explaining the Plot of Blade Runner to My Mother Who Has Alzheimers,” from the shortlist of Britain's Forward Poetry prize after admitting to plagiarizing some early poems. The award for single best poem, the category Allen was shortlisted for, comes with a prize of about $1,600. Poet Matthew Welton discovered that Allen had plagiarized a number of his poems after attending a reading of Allen's last year. In a post on his publisher Carcanet's blog, Welton compares his own poems to Allen's plagiarized versions . Jeannette Winterson, a judge for the Forward Poetry Prize, told the Bookseller that she has conflicted feelings about Allen's poem being withdrawn from consideration.
OPINION
October 25, 1998
Re "Unoriginal Sins of the Candidates' Speeches," Oct. 19: As a university English teacher, I am appalled that The Times takes such a cavalier attitude toward plagiarism. Each term, I am required by the university to read aloud and distribute the policy regarding plagiarism: If a student is caught, he or she is failed from the course--no appeal. After 20 years of teaching, I continue to wonder how students can believe that plagiarism isn't wrong. (I've even caught some students plagiarizing from one of my own publications!
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013 | By John Horn
Lianne MacDougall, a film writer who specializes in genre movies and has been linked romantically to Quentin Tarantino, has been accused of repeated plagiarism and apparently has taken to Twitter to apologize for lifting whole sections of other articles. Mike White at the website the Impossible Funky  said he has chronicled a series of verbatim lifting published by MacDougall, who uses the Web alias Spiderbaby and writes for the sites FEARnet.com and hosts the online show Frightbytes.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By David Ng
Finnair, the largest airline in Finland, said on Wednesday that it will remove artwork that adorns an Airbus plane in its fleet after it was discovered that the art was plagiarized. The design on the plane, which depicts a group of trees in a forest, was created by the Finnish firm Marimekko five years ago, according to reports. But it turns out that the design was improperly copied from the celebrated Ukrainian folk artist Maria Primatshenko. A spokeswoman for Finnair told the Associated Press that the design would be painted over as soon as possible.
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