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Pay compensation, plagiarist told

A TOP academic at Fudan University was told to pay 18,000 yuan (US$2,744) compensation to an associate professor at Shanghai University for plagiarizing her work.

Xu Yan, 39, also an associate professor, was ordered by Yangpu District People's Court to publish an apology in Journalist Magazine, a major journalism publication.

The judicial result was revealed for the first time as the Shanghai Copyright Administration publicized last year's top 10 copyright protection cases yesterday.

The plagiarism case received widespread coverage last year because renowned universities were involved.

Wuhan University Press, which published a book including Xu's plagiarized thesis, was also told to pay 6,000 yuan in compensation for not checking the article carefully.

Han Yuan, an associate professor of finance and economics, discovered in September 2009 that a thesis collection titled "Choice of History" published by Wuhan University Press included an article about style changes in Chinese news by Xu, which plagiarized her unpublished post-doctoral thesis.

Xu and Han had the same academic adviser for their post-doctoral studies in Fudan.

The court judged that Xu used part of Han's thesis in her own article but didn't attribute it.

This was, therefore, plagiarism and violated Han's copyright, ruled the court.

The publisher also infringed Han's copyright for including the infringing article.


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