Intellectual theft? Top Saudi scholar accused of plagiarism
A case was filed last week with the Ministry of Culture and Information against the anonymous scholar
A prominent Saudi scholar has been accused of plagiarism after he used text from a book without attributing it to the original author, Al-Hayat daily reported.
A case was filed last week with the Ministry of Culture and Information against the anonymous scholar by the lawyer of the plaintiff, who demanded SR500,000 in compensation.
Abdulrahman al-Lahim said the defendant copied word for word text that appeared in a book written by his client’s father.
“We demand all the episodes of a radio show presented by the scholar not to be aired now or in the future,” Al-Lahim said.
The scholar did not take oral or written permission from Dr. Yaman Abdulrahman Basha, the author’s son, before using excerpts from the book “Examples from the Lives of the Prophet’s Companions”, which is still published in the Kingdom and several Arab countries, Al-Lahim added.
“This is a clear case of intellectual theft,” he said.
It was not the first time the scholar was accused of plagiarizing. A Saudi female author had won a case against him after he lifted material from her work without crediting her.
Al-Basha told Al-Hayat that the scholar should have given credit to the original writer, instead of giving himself the credit.
The Kingdom is a signatory to the Arab Copyright Protection Agreement, which protects copyrights of all Arabs.
(This article was first published on Saudi Gazette on Jan. 19, 2014)
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