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Masaryk University: Plagiarists beware! Our new program will hunt you down

In Education & Science on June 24, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , ,

muMasaryk Univesity in Brno has become a pioneer when it comes to fighting plagiarism. A while ago it introduced a program that can identify parts of texts that students have copied from previous works handed in at the university. Now it introduced a new web-based program called Odevzdej.cz (“Hand it in”) that goes even deeper, the iDNES.cz news server wrote.

The original program was called Theses and it could detect plagiarism in, well, theses. But the school officials found out that students cheat in minor works most often, the server wrote. However, the system will not recognize the entire Internet contents. It is impossible, MU experts say. According to TV Nova the system can check the authenticity before the assignment is handed in: students just copy their text into the system and their teachers receive an e-mail stating whether any part of the particular thesis has been “borrowed”…

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Simpsons Theme Restaurant In Prague: Did Groening Okay This?

In Entertainment,Law,Media on June 3, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

Apparently, there is a restaurant in Prague that is named after Homer Simpson. In Czech it is called U Houmra, which is phonetic Czech for Homer’s.

Not only that, its website contains many pictures of Matt Groening’s characters, especially scenes that are somehow related to food and drinks. There are also sounds taken from the Czech-dubbed version of the series.

So the restaurant is using the Simpsons brand to make money.

Journalists should not jump to conclusions but I have a hard time believing that the restaurant would get prior written consent from the creators of the show, from FOX Television, from the Czech Television etc. That is an enormous amount of legal paperwork, to say the least. Why would the creators allow the use of the yellow family for somebody else’s profit free of charge?

I think I am going to look into this…

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