Not to start a firestorm, but since I've seen this on the Forums before, I have to disagree. Just like a doctor (physician) first does no harm, a doctor (Ph.D.) first does not plagiarize - copy another's work and present it is their own. I don't know the specifics in this case. But plagiarism by an academic is inexcusable.
Should/does Acc forgive anyone who breaks copyright laws, i.e., copies things they didn't buy? It is sort of like plagiarism, copying another's work, but not like plagiarism, because the copier isn't presenting it as his/her own work. In fact, I think breaking copyright law is the lesser offence of the two.
I have been plagiarized, and my book has been copied - it is (or at least was last time I checked) free on Scribd, even though I didn't give my permission. But of the two, plagiarism hurts more - especially emotionally. It feels like a complete violation, like a physician doing harm.
Edit: In this fury of emotion, I just realized that "forgive" was not the best word choice. Of course I forgave the person who plagiarized me, and it has remained a private matter. I mean, should/does Acc let a copyright violation slide, and do nothing about it? And let the person keep that copyrighted work?
Edited by Michel Gilbert, Yesterday, 07:41 PM.
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