Tuesday, March 1, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

To follow up on a post from a few weeks back:  German defence minister Guttenberg resigns.

A 39-year-old aristocrat popular with the electorate, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is a member of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of the chancellor’s Christian Democrats.

He came under pressure after a Bremen University law professor began reviewing his 2024 thesis with the aid of the internet.

Reports emerged of a passage from a newspaper article that featured word for word, and then of a paragraph from the US embassy website being used without attribution.

Analysts then estimated that more than half the 475-page thesis had long sections lifted from other people’s work.


The plagiarism scandal led to him being nicknamed Baron Cut-and-Paste, Zu Copyberg and Zu Googleberg by the German media.

So yes, students, plagiarism can have real world consequences.

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3 Responses to “For the Plagiarism File (Continued)”

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    1. Honza Prchal Says:

      What about Joe Biden?

    2. Steven L. Taylor Says:

      Well, there were consequences for his plagiarism as well (a F and having to retake a course) and a political derailment in the 80s.

      I am not saying that one cannot recover from plagiarism, but that it does have consequences.

      Guttenberg has clearly suffered a setback, yes?

    3. ken Says:

      What about MLK?

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