Lawsuits Against Plagiarism  

Plagiarism is a legal offense, and is handled by the judiciary rather sternly in most states in the US.

Since, majority of people get easily lured to taking short cuts to success, there are an ever-increasing percentage of incidences of plagiarism. Here are some lawsuits against plagiarism that gained a lot of publicity.

Susan Hassett filed a plagiarism lawsuit against Elizabeth Hasselbeck. Susan alleged that the book entitled The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide authored by Elizabeth had certain information plagiarized from her book entitled Living With Celiac Disease. The US District Judge dismissed the lawsuit since Hassett’s attorney failed to pursue the case in time. The reasons stated by the attorney were that although there was definite plagiarism, it was not to the extent of procuring monetary compensation to his client. However, all throughout Hasselbeck had maintained that the claims were without standing.
In another episode of plagiarism presented in the District Court of United States, author Jordan Scott stated that author Stephanie Meyer had plagiarized sections of the book entitled The Nocturne in her own book entitled Breaking Dawn. However, the case was dismissed by the judge, who could not find any substantial evidence to support this allegation. In fact, he stated that the two pieces of work varied grossly, and the case was an unnecessary attack on the other author's creative instinct and credibility.

Plagiarism is not restricted only to the field of writing. The pop star Madonna was also accused of this felony by Belgian songwriter Salvatore Acquaviva. The songwriter alleged that the tune of the song Frozen, a musical hit in the year 1998, was stolen from his work Ma Vie Fout L’camp (My Life’s Getting Nowhere). Madonna was found guilty of plagiarism, and the court ordered the removal of the song from the stock. It was brought out later that only four bars were lifted from a total of about 90 to 100 bars in the song. Strangely, this was not the first time that Madonna had been roped into a controversy of this kind.

The field may be any, but the temptation of plagiarism is prevalent in all spheres. This crime will last till we continue craving for success and limelight even at the expense of stealing a fellow colleagues’ hard work and accomplishment.

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