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Dr. Root-Bernstein: Reply to Wu (22 August 2011) (1552 查看)

November 09, 2012 08:22AM
August 22, 2011



Dear Xxxxxxx Wu,

1) The letter is real. I have appended it to this email. You will be receiving another response to Dr. Fang shortly that expands on my concerns.

2) I have accused Dr. Fang of plagiarism and copyright infringemet in several public letters that Dr. Fang has recieved copies of. If he says otherwise, he is lying.

3) If Mr. Fang were merely citing the source of an idea, then he would be correct in asserting that he does not need my permission, nor the publisher of my book chapter (Oxford University Press). But Dr. Fang did not just cite my ideas: he copied, almost verbatim, half-a-dozen paragraphs from my chapter in writing his article, and the material from my chapter constitutes at least half of his article. Using this much of someone else's material without their explicit permission is not allowed by any publisher of which I am aware, nor any educational institution, and this is true whether Dr. Fang actually translated my words directly, or merely reworded such a substantial amount of my arguement and its examples. Moreover, Mr. Fang cannot use the excuse of relying on "Fair Use", since he personally is paid by his non-profit organization to write his blog and books, and therefore profits from his unfair borrowing of other people's material.

4) Yes, you may translate and post my original letter, as well as the additional letters you will be receiving shortly. Indeed, I grant this right to translate my letters into Chinese to anyone who wishes to do so, with the sole proviso that the translation be complete and accurate. The more people who have access to the entire controversy and the more translation versions there are to compare, the better the issues can be decided.

Many thanks for your interest in this problem.

Sincerely,

Bob Root-Bernstein

Quoting Valerie Wu <wqy1991hk@gmail.com>:

> Dear Professor Bernstein,
>
> Very sorry to bother you with this issue and I totally understand that you
> must be very tired of answering questions of this stuff these days.
> I am an undergraduate student from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and
> I saw the open letter you issued to Mr. Fang on Aug 3rd.
>
> As a university student, I myself am very concerned of this issue. I
> obviously object to plagiarism in any form. However, ever since the accuse
> of Mr. Fang's plagiarism was revealed on Weibo ( Chinese version of
> Twitter), still there have been some points left implicitly explained in the
> news report, which confuses the public including myself.
>
> My questions are as followed:
> 1. Some of Mr. Fang's supporters (including himself) still doubt the
> credibility of the open letter. So would you confirm the issue of the
> letter?
> 2. Mr. Fang replied to your open letter in stating like he had never taken
> your courses and met you before. You just intended to discuss the right way
> of citation of the blog in 1995, with no intention of accusing him of
> plagiarism on your work. (direct translation from his blog) May I ask you
> opinion on his reply?
> 3. Mr. Fang stated that citation of other's work need not approval of the
> original author, which is your unique view. He had no inclination in
> discussing the definition of plagiarism with you. (also direct translation
> from his blog) His point, while a number of Chinese people concerning this
> issue, including myself, consider as ridiculous, still deceived quite a
> number of his supporters. So in the United States, does the citation require
> permission from the original author?
> 4. There has been no exact form of translation on you open letter. For the
> convenience of the public paying attention on this issue, would you permit
> me to translate your open letter into Chinese and post it onto Weibo?
>
> Apology again for bothering you reading this email. Sorry for the problems
> brought to you. Most of the public would like to know the truth and protect
> your copyright.
> Look forward to your reply.
>
> Best Regards,
> Xxxxxxx Wu
>
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