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James Cartwell
"Idea" theft in Academic Research
« on: Oct 25th, 2007, 10:03am »
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I've recently learned that through a loophole in intellectual property law, any scholar can appropriate another scholar's ideas - even unpublished ideas - and can publish them without fear of legal consequences as long as the words and title are different.  I know a group of scholars who are systematically doing this, they just take ideas from everybody including stealing from manuscripts and grant proposals they are asked to review, and even from their own graduate students; then they rush their own version of their victims' ideas into print, while also using their influence to block or slow down the publication or grant-funding of their victims' work.  They've been doing this for decades, a lot of people know about it, and nobody does anything about it.  What would be needed to effect a change in the relevant laws? Huh
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Re: "Idea" theft in Academic Research
« Reply #1 on: Oct 25th, 2007, 10:38am »
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Office of Ethics and Integrity in Research should deal with the matter.  Although such system has been implemented in the academic institutions, it hasn't been well-enforced due to many reasons.
Unless it is so severe, people (academic institutions) don't even care about it.  
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