Between the Lions: Plagiarism and the Penn State logo
Speaker(s): Brad Woods, PhD, Ethics Educator, Office for Research Protections
When: Apr 17, 2012, 12:00 pm to 01:30 pm
Where: Bennett Pierce Living Center (110 Henderson Building)
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In the fall of 2011, Prattville Christian Academy, a small private high school in Prattville, Alabama, received “cease and desist” notification from Penn State. The Academy’s offense? It knowingly borrowed Penn State’s trademarked Nittany Lion logo to use as its own. School officials believed certain changes made to the Nittany Lion logo were sufficient under trademark law and adopted the logo to represent the Prattville Panthers, even though it bore a striking resemblance to the original logo. Despite their efforts to modify the Nittany Lion logo, school officials decided to discontinue using the logo at the end of the year. Quite often it is assumed minor changes, alterations, or substitutions to an original work are sufficient to allow it to be adopted as one’s own. Unfortunately, misunderstandings surrounding plagiarism persist within and outside of academia. This workshop will highlight a few notable instances of plagiarism. A few of the questions we’ll explore are: Does plagiarism occur frequently in academia? How does plagiarism differ from violations of copyright? Is plagiarism always an act of deceit?
ONE hour of SARI credit available.
Please feel free to bring a lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
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