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Copyright Report Caught Copying

By Ryan McGreal
Published May 29, 2009

Fiction writers could never get away with such delightful irony:

One of Canada's most respected research organizations has a black eye after being forced to withdraw three reports on copyright and intellectual property because they contained plagiarized information from a study by a U.S. lobby group for the entertainment industry.

The Conference Board of Canada seems to be saying, "Canada needs to bring its intellectual property law in line with draconian US law - if only to stop us from stealing their corporate propaganda."

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By JonC (registered) | Posted May 29, 2009 at 21:08:08

I have only one completely original thought to add, Canada needs to bring its intellectual property law in line with draconian US law - if only to stop us from stealing their corporate propaganda.

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By Dave (anonymous) | Posted June 08, 2009 at 19:14:40

Imagine - the usual right wing claptrap about the sanctity of IP rights -- and that claptrap was stolen!

It fits.

It seems the mainstream media hasn't published (much or at all) the names of the authors who were accused of plagiarism. So here they are: Curtis Cook, Stephan Rimac, Guy Stanley.

Here is the info directly from the Conference Board site, before it gets "disappeared."

Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Economy Report by Curtis Cook , Stephan Rimac , Guy Stanley May 2009, Source: The Conference Board of Canada, 34 pages The report, Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Economy, has been recalled. An internal review has determined that this report did not follow the high quality research standards of The Conference Board of Canada.
conferenceboard.ca/documents.aspx?DID=3054

National Innovation Performance and Intellectual Property Rights: A Comparative Analysis Report by Curtis Cook , Stephan Rimac , Guy Stanley May 2009, Source: The Conference Board of Canada, 24 pages The report, National Innovation Performance and Intellectual Property Rights: A Comparative Analysis, has been recalled. An internal review has determined that this report did not follow the high quality research standards of The Conference Board of Canada.
conferenceboard.ca/documents.aspx?did=3050&pf=true

ntellectual Property Rights—Creating Value and Stimulating Investment Report by Curtis Cook , Stephan Rimac , Guy Stanley May 2009, Source: The Conference Board of Canada, 34 pages The report, Intellectual Property Rights—Creating Value and Stimulating Investment, has been recalled. An internal review has determined that this report did not follow the high quality research standards of The Conference Board of Canada.
conferenceboard.ca/documents.aspx?DID=3053

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