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That plagiarist called Kaavya

This is a sordid tale of flagrant plagiarism. A Harvard sophomore authors a book that has passages allegedly 'lifted' (with a few careful modifications) from another writer's books. In today's world of instant 'Googling' the author's covers came off and soon the blogs were abuzz with talk of the audacious plagiarism. Harvard's magazine, The Harvard Crimson, ran a story giving out gory details.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 19:06 IST

This is in response to the story “Kaavya may face legal action over plagiarism controversy”.

Have you been following this unfolding story - a sordid tale of flagrant plagiarism? Here is the short of it: A 19 year old Harvard student authors a book that has passages after passages allegedly 'lifted' (with a few careful word modifications) from another writer's books.

The author reportedly signed a $500,000 deal with a publisher and also sold the rights to a movie to a Hollywood producer.

In today's world of instant 'Googling' the author's covers came off and soon the blogs were abuzz with talk of the audacious plagiarism. Harvard's magazine, The Harvard Crimson, ran a story giving out gory details of the resemblance between the works of the two authors.

Meanwhile there is word of the other author seeking legal recourse. While, Harvard maintains that this legal matter will not affect Kaavya's academic standing, that may not be the end of trouble for the young writer-wannabe.

While the story continues to unfold by the day, you may want to see for yourself and draw you own conclusions:

Harvard Crimson article detailing passages that bear uncanny similarity to the work of another author: http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=512965