The Demidenko affair: Copyright law, plagiarism and ridicule

Rimmer, Matthew (2000) The Demidenko affair: Copyright law, plagiarism and ridicule. Media and Arts Law Review, 5(3), pp. 159-176.

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This article provides an account of one of Australia's great literary hoaxes - the Demidenko affair. In particular, it focuses upon the accusations that Helen Darville plagiarised a number of historical and literary texts in her novel, The Hand That Signed The Paper. This article considers how the dispute was interpreted in three different contexts - the literary community, the legal system, and the media. Part 1 examines how writers, publishers, and editors understood the controversy in terms of the aesthetics and ethics of plagiarism. Part 2 details how lawyers framed the discussion in light of economic rights and moral rights under copyright law. Part 3 deals with the media attention upon the personalities and politics of the scandal. The conclusion charts the competition between these various communities over who should resolve the dispute.

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ID Code: 85409
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Copyright law, economic rights, historical fiction, literary works, Moral Rights, plagiarism, Post-modernism
ISSN: 1325-1570
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2015 02:08
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2015 02:08

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