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SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Zoom presentation; Zoom log-in details will be emailed directly to active members a few days prior to the forum

Can We Say That? — Avoiding Plagiarism

Join us as we take a fresh look together at the persistent issue of plagiarism.

Book industry attorney Bob Pimm will present an overview and guide our discussion of ethical matters and practical observations.

We'll include:

  • Key concepts and distinctions (types of plagiarism, including lack of attribution and self-plagiarism; also, copyright infringement vs plagiarism)
  • How has plagiarism evolved in recent years — better? worse? different?
  • Considerations: Are legal structures keeping up with the changing online landscape?
  • An editor's general obligation to be aware of and watchful for plagiarism — what is the extent of our responsibility? ...are there pitfalls?
  • How an editor might best approach their client when plagiarism is suspected — if the author declines corrective measures, how can we editors protect ourselves from possible legal liability?

Following Bob's presentation and Q&A, Meaghan Fallano will show us the functionality of one "plagiarism-detection" software — giving us a demo of TurnItIn, a proprietary subscription service currently used by educational institutions. Does plagiarism-detection software really detect plagiarism? Meaghan will provide a tour and respond to our questions.

Robert Pimm offers more than 35+ years' experience in the book industry working with authors, small-press publishing, mainstream publishers, book distribution, book production, book retailing and literary agency. Mr. Pimm is currently Book Publishing Chair of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and former Editor-in-Chief of the Forum's quarterly publication, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer. In addition to authors, literary agents, and publishers — the Law Office of Robert G. Pimm also serves creative artists including screenwriters, playwrights, filmmakers, producers, performers, and fine artists.

Meaghan Fallano holds a PhD in Chemistry from Northeastern University and is employed as a Digital Content Developer for Pearson Education's online homework platform, Mastering Chemistry. She also serves as an adjunct professor of chemistry at Northeastern and Suffolk University in Boston. She has extensive experience with plagiarism-detection software as both an instructor and student and will be providing a demonstration of its use.

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