The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 April 2007

Cut and paste and paste again

Just in case you thought Ben Domenech or Kaavya Viswanathan or the CBS Evening News staff invented the concept:

Readers let us know that [a story in the March 1973 issue] was taken almost word for word from a feature that appeared in a Harvey comic book. Unfortunately, [it] isn't an isolated incident. We have an entire file of letters from girls who noticed that a contributor's "original" story was stolen from another source.

As you can tell, plagiarism is a major problem here. We're trying to stop it, but with little luck. For example, we ran an article in the August '72 issue of AG asking you to stop taking other people's works and submitting them as your own. The result: two girls got plagiarized stories printed in the January '73 and March '73 issues. We've done all that we can ... the rest is up to you!

Toni Lorenz, then a fifteen-year-old intern, wrote that for the May 1973 issue of American Girl.

Posted at 6:30 AM to The Way We Were

Solomon said 'there is nothing new under the sun'. And THAT was a heck of a long time ago, too.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 10:19 PM on 12 April 2007