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The Sunday Observer and Plagiarism

November 22, 2010

Sri Lanka’s state-owned Sunday Observer, the English newspaper with the widest circulation and the most linguistically challenged editorial staff, has a long history of plagiarism.

I’ve had my article stolen around 2006 and personally know of photographers and writers whose work appeared on the sorry excuse for a newspaper without them knowing about it. Read more about their latest act of intellectual property theft here. The idiot graphic designer actually sketched out the photograph in question and had the audacity to put his signature on the copied image.

I wonder if this is genuine lack of comprehension – of English and/or of the legalities of intellectual property – or just a dearth of common sense among its editorial staff.

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