THE COST OF FIGHTING PLAGIARISM, THE BIGGEST DOWNSIDE TO THEFT.

THIS POST IS THE SUMMARY OF WHAT I HAVE SEEN OVER THE YEARS.

THE INVENTOR HAS A RIGHT TO FIGHT PLAGIARISM. WHAT IS THE PRICE OF FIGHTING IT?

COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK AND PATENTS BY THEMSELVES ARE EXPENSIVE, LET ALONE THE PRICE OF FIGHTING PLAGIARISM.

SCENARIO 1: An innovative intern creates a product that will save money, time and effort. His boss steals the idea and presents it to the world. The intern cannot fight the 40+ boss with friends in high places.

SCENARIO 2:

Day 0

A tyrannical dictator of a boss demands that no one leaves till their bottle neck issue with sales and the dipping numbers in production and distribution are solved. It violates so many rules, it’s not even funny! A naive but brilliant employee then provides a viable solution with his outside the box thinking. 14 other employees are relived that they now have a solution and can go home.

Day 1

The area manager and the site directors congratulate the tyrannical boss for his idea. 14 witnesses commit a lie of omission and then the one who came up with the idea does not get credit. If he sues his company or so much as demands and acknowledgement for his idea and a promotion based on how he out did  14 others, while underscoring their lack of ethics, he now has a terrible future. the boss gets a promotion and is assigned two new interns he can harass.

Day 2

Law suit filed. Employee who spoke up is terminated because his desk had too many paper clips.

Day 21

Employee has applied to 9 new companies, but now has been black listed and has no references to speak of and even his best friend at work refuses to provide a testimonial to employee’s brilliance , to the bosses misbehavior.

Day 31

Employee now works at Apple store.

Day 1214

Judge finds for employee-plaintiff.. He is awarded the cost of the lawsuit. Attorneys Howe Dewey and Cheatem buy a yacht.

Even the football coach who bent the rules for recruiting has a job and several endorsement deals. Brilliant Employee has a small time job and no future.

REAL world examples:

  1. Jessica Shepherd covers this very well here.

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2007/oct/30/highereducation.uk

2) Joany Chou a post doc invented the Herpes avccine, from what I understood. She said to her boss that it could be patented, He did not respond very clearly. soon after she was not allowed back in the lab (!!!!).

She then discovered that he had filed a patent and that he  had been collecting royalties.

She won the case. Now what? Do you see her proudly leading the research life that she should have? Did Harvard invite her for a short period to teach, carry out a small research project? If you know what she is doing please let me know. The sad truth that I see when students and employees stand up and fight  then they have a terrible life. They seem to be living in the shadows. Plaintiffs and whistle blowers never live an easy life. The miscreants seem to have so much power.

Read more about this here:

http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1034&context=dltr

3)http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-district-court-awards-college-professor-25-million-including-attorneys-fees-for-patent-infringement-suit-75365247.html?$G1Ref

4)http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-charges-six-chinese-citizens-with-economic-espionage-1432046527

THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF THEFT

A company or a startup invests everything it has and then sells a product. The 2nd month sales dwindle. Someone has copied it and is manufacturing it without paying royalties. A small startup where an entire family, with Mom, dad kids, uncles and cousins are working, has to declare bankruptcy.  They now have losses of thousands of dollars. IS IT ENOUGH THAT THEY MERELY THINK PLAGIARISM IS ACTUALLY A COMPLIMENT THAT THEIR PRODUCT IS GREAT ENOUGH TO BE STOLEN? Manufacturers need to license the technology the design and the utility patents associate with a product.

The lack of severe punishment of plagiarism and infringement causes most inventors to hide their inventions.

COMMENTS:

QUESTION: DO YOU THINK PEOPLE WHO FIGHT PLAGIARISM AND IDEA THEFT AND STAND UP TO BIG CORPORATIONS, INSTITUTIONS HAVE A GOOD LIFE AFTERWARDS? FROM WHAT I SEE  MAYBE THEY DONT!

DO YOU SEE THE COST OF FIGHTING PLAGIARISM, THE DOWNSIDE TO FIGHTING THEFT?

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19 thoughts on “THE COST OF FIGHTING PLAGIARISM, THE BIGGEST DOWNSIDE TO THEFT.

  1. Plagiarism is never ok…it IS okay to share the work of brilliant people..but whenever possible..give credit where credit is due. Thank you for this wonderful blog.

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    • Warms my heart to see all of you guys rallying like this. Did you know that Victoria’s Secret was accused of stealing ideas?

      DID VICTORIA’S SECRET STEAL THEIR SECRET?
      02-May-2008

      A woman named Katerina Plew has filed a lawsuit against the mega retailer Victoria’s Secret claiming that the retail chain stole her idea for a bra that hides the bra straps. Ms. Plew created the bra in 1999 and received a patent for the design in 2004.

      Ms. Plew claims that she set up a meeting with Victoria’s Secret officials to pitch them the idea for the bra. She then e-mailed them a mock up of the bra but officials cancelled the meeting as she was driving to the meeting from her home in Long Island.

      A year later, she claims she walked into a Victoria’s Secret store and saw her bra for sale. She then filed a lawsuit in New York demanding unspecified damages and requesting an order that Victoria’s Secret stop infringing on her bra patent.
      http://www.smithsholar.com/single_tip.php?id=363

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  2. Well, once again well-written and also sad, as Sabah noted above. Now, as before, I can only speak from within my venue ~ specifically writing, but more generally the Liberal Arts. May I play the “devil’s advocate” for just a moment? In my venue, I know that graduate students (i.e. those who have already earned their Master’s and are working on their PhD, ThD, LlD, etc.) are often recruited by tenured professors precisely to research for them. These students spend hours each week researching, note-taking, and referencing. They turn their work in to the professor, who is working on his/her latest book, say on Medieval Western iconography. These research students are performing much of the “leg work” for said professor, knowing full-well s/he is going to utilize much (if not most) of their work in his/her book. Of course, if the professor, Dr. Jane Doe, is not only ethical but just plain gracious and civil, she will at least mention their names in the “Special Thanks To…” section at the beginning of the publication. Well, do these students deserve more recognition? Not in the wide world of Liberal Arts, at least. Why? More often than not, these same profs spent their share of time doing exactly the same work the grad students are now doing for them! This is an academic tradition that dates back hundreds of years… Now is it, or should it, be different in differing disciplines and/or technical fields? I’m probably not the one to answer this question, but I’d be inclined to say “yes.” Okay, so now I’ll stop playing “devil’s advocate” and add something to what I’ve already said from within my own venue: If a professor publishes, say, one student’s poem word-for-word w/o giving due credit, then that most assuredly is stealing and, thus, at the very least unethical. Likewise, if (say) three students collaborate together and essentially write chapters three through seven of Dr. Jane Doe’s 12-chapter book on Medieval Western iconography, and Dr. Doe does NOT specifically credit them for their enormous contribution ~ and one would think their names would appear below said chapter titles in the Table of Contents ~ then, again, Dr. Doe is acting unethically. At the very, very least Dr. Doe should quite specifically credit them in the “Special Thankyou…” with some wording as, “Special thanks goes to John Smith, Evelyn Jones, and Susan Wright for their hard work and specifically their invaluable contributions to the composition of chapters three through seven.” (And this would be the least, BUT would save Dr. Jane Doe, to a certain degree, from being completely unethical.) Oh well… I’ve gone on long enough now and don’t know that I’ve really contributed anything beneficial to this conversation! LOL But here it is, such as it is! 😀

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  3. Thank you for the shout-out! I would not like to think it always turns out badly, but unfortunately, once an idea is taken and that person/company becomes known for that idea, there is not much compensation the original can get back:( Reminds me of Facebook.

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  4. This is so disheartening and sad, I can see so many people out there who are a victim and keeping silent about it. Thank you for providing a voice for them. Corporations can be a mean bully at times just because they are rich, powerful or both..
    Keep up the good work Alwynn!

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