Ethics Case Study: Best-selling teenage author admits lifting parts of novel – The Herald

This is an excellent case study for those of us who teach ethics in our classes. I will be using it in my blog this week.

Best-selling teenage author admits lifting parts of novel – The Herald: “
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The Herald – 1 hour ago
A teenage writer educated in Scotland last night admitted that passages in her best-selling debut novel had been borrowed from another book.

Here is my question, what should be the consequences? If there are none, it will reinforce to our children that the ends justifies the means.

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2 thoughts on “Ethics Case Study: Best-selling teenage author admits lifting parts of novel – The Herald

  1. This is an ongoing debate, and one which needs some sort of definitive solution. As more and more literature is published and as more and more of us become contributors to rather than consumers of the web, the risk of wilful and unwitting plagiarism increases. At the same time, the risk of being caught seems to diminish. It’s a very thorny issue and far wiser minds than mine are going to be required to come up with an answer – let’s just hope that it’s soon!

    BTW – I couldn’t get the link to work. I had better luck with this: http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/60746.html

  2. Thanks, Karyn! I am using Google reader to blog some now and sometimes it does this on the links!

    Thanks for commenting, you are certainly one of the best!

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