Plagiarism/Plagiat

Craig Morris has a post on the accusations of plagiarism against Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg, the German minister of defence, and he links to this PDF, containing the German review by Andreas Fischer-Lescano of the published thesis, which from page 4 on has a table showing Guttenberg's Dr. Iur thesis and the alleged sources:
The attack is obviously politically motivated, with some of the main accusations coming from legal experts with close ties to the SPD – but no matter – if the shoe fits, wear it. The interesting thing for me is to see how Germany will react to this. Plagiarism, in my estimation, is not taken as seriously here as it is in the US. During my five years as a lecturer at a German university, I found that the idea of failing someone for plagiarism was tendentious; I was told I could also just give someone a stern look and a slap on the wrist.
Despite being invited by Craig, I'm not sure I can add much. But here goes: First, on the subject of plagiarism, I don't think the Germans are at all complacent about it. True, I have encountered a lot among German students, who seem to regard it and getting marks as a game. When I marked essays together with others, they were usually British or American and we all came down on it hard. Of course, it is particularly obvious when the student's native language is not English, but I think even in the native language, the stylistic shifts should be obvious. I can't say whether German teachers are softer on it, but I certainly don't think that those marking final university exams or theses/dissertations, or publishers, are any less offended by it than we are. The German Ph.D. and Dr. iur ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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