[INDOLOGY] Tagore, Aurobindo, and Malhotra

Andrew Ollett andrew.ollett at gmail.com
Thu Jul 30 13:19:32 EDT 2015


Friends,

I'm no lawyer, but "plagiarism" is not usually a legal issue, unless there
is a strong case for fraud or copyright infringement. It is an ethical
issue, prohibited not by the law but by codes of conduct at universities,
or an internalized sense of acting in good faith as scholars, giving credit
where credit's due, and so on. There are a few widely-accepted definitions
of plagiarism, but this discussion will never end if we try to adjudicate
the matter. In any case, it's up to the copyright holders to take legal
action.

All of us probably had opinions about RM's agitations before the plagiarism
accusations. I don't suppose any of those opinions have been changed; mine,
at least, has been confirmed. I appreciated hearing about the matter
through INDOLOGY, but I think we have been in the "diminishing returns"
part of the discussion for some time.

Andrew

On Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 10:56 PM, Robert Zydenbos <zydenbos at uni-muenchen.de>
wrote:

> Howard Resnick wrote:
>
> > […] If Arlo is right, then why treat the offender with all the rage
> reserved
> > for for malicious, criminal intent?
>
> At the risk of being perceived as 'aggressive in tone' again, I would
> like to quote, in humble respect towards my readers, what I wrote
> already ten days ago:
>
> "What we see in the case of Malhotra is not mere conscious copying, but
> also tinkering with the precise wording. One cannot do this if one
> honestly wishes to quote another author."
>
> > Best,
>
> RZ
>
>
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