Plagiarism and the law revisited

Plagiarism is increasingly being included in legal actions. Besides being invoked in a recent government suit against the Tobacco industry, EMediaWire reports: Brayton Purcell, a respected plaintiff law firm based in Novato, California, filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement when it discovered large portions of its popular web site, Elder Abuse Information (, posted on another law firm's web site. Plagiarism has traditionally been understood as an ethical and not a legal issue. See, for example, Charles Cronin's paper, "Plagiarism, Copyright, Academia and Commerce".