Fri, Aug. 11, 2006

Exposing Plagiarism

.   A frequently published author under suspicion of plagiarism may not seek the protection of the courts from probing journalists, the Karlsruhe Court of Appeals decided in the matter 14 U 90/06 on August 4, 2006.

The author had asked the lower court for an injunction barring reporters from contacting personnel at the university research clinic where he worked. The appellate court confirmed the Freiburg im Breisgau court's refusal of an injunction.

The author's privacy interest and constitutional right to the unfettered pursuit of his work and profession must be balanced against the constitutional protections for a free press. The latter include not only reporting but also investigations, the court explained, to the satisfaction of some German bloggers.


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