Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Germany's Popular Minister of Defence, Accused For Copyright Infringement and Science Plagiatism

Mission accomplished? (photo via Wikimedia under a CC license) Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is an exceptionally popular centre-right politician of Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) who - up to now - made an impressive political career and became a Federal Minister already at the age of 37. He now serves as Minister of Defence in the second Merkel cabinet (see biography of the defence ministry). Mr Guttenberg, a member of the Franconian noble House of Guttenberg, is a political pop star ("the cool baron") who has been proclaimed as future Federal Chancellor by parts of Germany's conservative media. He studied political science and law at the University of Bayreuth and was awarded a summa cum laude doctorate in law in 2007 with a dissertation on the development of constitutional law in the US and the EU. Only recently, allegations became public that Guttenberg systematically copied numerous unattributed passages from twenty or more different sources such as newspaper articles, speeches, scientific papers, and even the Federal Parliament's research department. The spontaneously initiated GuttenPlag wiki, searching for and documenting plagiates in Guttenberg's thesis, already found that - allegedly - 68% of the pages contain copied passages. Meanwhile, two complaints on grounds of copyright infringement have been submitted and Guttenberg's university took the accusations of science plagiatism serious enough to ask him for written clarification within 14 days (see also coverage in the Spiegel magazine, here, here, or here). The case is somewhat "juicy" for the Federal Government under Chancellor Angela Merkel, since the conservatives (and liberals) traditionally follow a rather strict property-oriented copyright approach, including e.g. ancillary copyright for newspaper publishers, provider liability, and intensified copyright enforcement in the internet (see e.g ...Zum vollständigen Artikel


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