This just in... an internationally renowned marketing industry analyst has accused PR kingpin Fake Richard Edelman with plagiarism. The accusation has set off a furious back-and-forth on the Web and reignited the ongoing debate about what does and does not constitute "illegal use".
Martin Turnbull, Dean of the Communications College at the Kepler School of Management, is claiming that the speech by Fake Richard Edelman appearing here Wednesday, was "a wholesale lifting of source material” from Joseph Goebbels, "Der Rundfunk als achte Großmacht."
Turnbull said, "It's almost word for word. The original speech was given by Goebbels August 18, 1933 on the occasion of opening the International Radio Exhibition. Like some see the Internet today, the Nazis were convinced of the power of radio. They thought that a cheap radio receiver gave the average citizen access and could be harness to extend the Reich's power."
While Fake Edelman acknowledged that Geobbels' speech was a resource for the presentation he's giving Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he dismissed Turnbull's charge outright.
“He [Turnbull] doesn’t charge that the quotes are untrue or inaccurate,” Fake Edelman said in a phone interview this morning. “This seems more like a coordinated attack by people who have a strong opposition to the political and ideological issues presented. Turnbull and his henchmen are cowards, afraid to take me on with the merits.”
Meanwhile, the situation has ignited a firestorm within the online community. Copyright and intellectual property rights are THE "third rail" of Internet issues.
Strumpette spokesman Fr. Brian Connolly released this statement:
"According to Harvard’s Writing with Sources manual, plagiarism 'is passing off a source’s information, ideas, or words as your own by omitting to cite them; an act of lying, cheating, and stealing.' The manual suggests that a passage found quoted in another scholar’s work should be cited as ‘quoted in’ that scholar. But it does not explicitly state how to source such a passage when one has returned to the original source to check the citation.
We've launched a thorough investigation and intend to review this matter fully. Until such time as we can make a final determination, we are suspending Fake Richard Edelman without pay."