In This Very Ring...
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.:8 High Profile Incidences of Plagiarism Involving Pinoys Recent Memory (Aside From Mark Solis and Rappler):.
Not that it makes his contributions to the civil rights movement any less, but Martin Luther King actually committed plagiarism back in the day. It doesn’t make plagiarism any less right, nor should it make Mark Solis feel that he is in good enough company to have the nerve to expect to keep the $1000 prize money he got for ripping off somebody else’s photo. Solis’s attempt at justifying what he did is pretty much the same justification snatchers and hold-uppers have for robbing other people blind.
Of course, everybody’s got to eat and survive. But not everybody has to resort to thievery. Also, what’s Rappler’s excuse?
Robin? Are you writing for a website now? Oh, right.
I have always been touchy over the subject of plagiarism. Ask me in person next time, and maybe I’ll tell you why. Here are 8 recent cases of plagiarism that did raise a few eyebrows, and proves that indeed, plagiarism is a crime that anyone, from any walk of life, is capable of doing.
8. Karlo Espiritu Writes for the Filipino Freethinkers About Objectivism, Gets Objectively Blasted
They never claimed to be saints, though.
The Ripoff: One of the earliest celebrated articles on the Filipino Freethinkers website way back was “What’s So Wrong With Objectivism?” supposedly written by Karlo Espiritu. Unfortunately for Mr. Espiritu, a vicious detractor then proceeded to expose this article as a sham. I won’t pretend to understand or care about the intricacies of Randian philosophy, but this was a pretty big controversy for the Freethinkers at the time.
The Defense: Karlo Espiritu played the worst possible card in his defense – the “there are more important things to worry about than this” card. You will see a lot of this from others who have tried to make it seem like intellectual dishonesty is no big deal at all.
The Aftermath: Over time, the editorial process in the Filipino Freethinkers website became more stringent, and great care is taken in making sure sources are cited properly. Mr. Espiritu, on the other hand, has never written for the site again.
7. A Supreme Court Associate Justice Plagiarizes, Then Threatens Anyone Calling Him Out Over It With Contempt
Awww. Who's oppressing you now, Mr. Justice?
The Ripoff: Anyone will tell you that “intent” is not necessarily a determining factor whether someone is innocent or guilty of plagiarism. Accidental plagiarism, if we were to be most charitable, still needs to at least be corrected. After all, how can ignorance be an excuse in the eyes of the law? Anyone can tell you it isn’t, but not this Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, no siree. In Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo’s eyes, the decision he rendered over a case involving comfort women is perfectly kosher, no matter how many passages he may have lifted from A Fiduciary of Theory of Jus Cogens by Evan Criddle and Evan Fox-Descent, Breaking the Silence on Rape as an International Crime by Mark Ellis, or Enforcing Erga Omnes Obligations in International Law by Christian Tams.
The Defense: Well, damn. Aside from blaming his word processor for not informing him that he was plagiarizing (Damn you, Clippy!), Associate Justice Del Castillo threatened anyone who called him out on the controversy with contempt. You show ‘em who lays down the law, sir!
The Aftermath: We now have legal precedent to show that people who “did not intend to plagiarize” could very well get away with it scot-free if they managed to prove it. That’s right: we can now make that amazing novel about a wizard boy who grows up in a wizarding school and name him Harold Potbringer, and just say we never “intended” to plagiarize J.K. Rowling. Money!
6. Cueshe Rips Off Silverchair, But Still Manages To Suck
More like Cuesh*t, amirite?
The Defense: Despite the fact that people can totally hear something once and have it affect them subconsciously, Cueshe claimed they were “unfamiliar” with the music of Silverchair and thus could not have possibly copied “The Greatest View,” in their very brief defense of their music.
On the other hand, I wish I could also claim I were unfamiliar with the “music” of Cueshe, myself. Blech.
The Aftermath: Nobody seems to care nowadays that this ripoff happened. Thankfully, nobody seems to care about Cueshe nowadays, either.
5. Department Of Tourism Rips Off Polska, Excites International Porn Sites
Don't worry about ripping off Poland. Nobody would ever know.
The Ripoff: In what was probably the most ill-advised tourism slogan ever since “Come to Abbottabad! Bin Laden’s chalk outline is still here,” the DOT decided to run a campaign called “Pilipinas Kay Ganda,” which had a logo that looked veeeery suspiciously like Poland’s own tourism effort.
The Defense: Finger-pointing, mostly. Not only was the logo a ripoff, but in promoting the campaign, they used the unfortunate URL: beautifulpilipinas.com, which was only one letter away from a porn site. No, we’re not giving you the URL for that.
The Aftermath: The campaign just quickly died a natural death. And then, “It’s More Fun In The Philipines” came along, and aside from an allegation that it was ripped off from an old Switzerland tourism campaign (That was quickly discarded when Switzerland itself approved of the campaign.), this one became a runaway success
4. Orange And Lemons Sings About How Great It Is To Be A Pinoy – By Stealing The Melody Of An English Band
So ironic, it's like rain on your wedding day!
The Ripoff: “Pinoy Ako” was probably the biggest OPM song the year it came out, as it supported the phenomenal first season of Pinoy Big Brother on TV. Except there was very little “Original” or “Pinoy” about this music, as it turns out. In 1985, English band The Care released a song called “Chandeliers,” and, well, just listen to it mashed up seamlessly with the O&L hit.
The Defense: “It’s unfair!” Apparently, if they cry hard enough about it, they could pretend they were innocent, as they then proceeded to explain how they knew exactly what they were doing when they ripped off Chandeliers just enough for it to still not be considered outright plagiarism.
The Aftermath: In 2006, Orange And Lemons insisted that the controversy made their group more popular than ever, and that it was a positive for them. A year later, they disbanded. Huh.
3. Ogie Alcasid Writes Awesome Song For Regine Velasquez, Promptly Gets Copied By Jang Hye Jin
I don't understand a word, but I'm still mesmerized.
The Ripoff: I think it’s safe to say that Ogie Alcasid is one of the best songwriters of our generation, and “Pangako,” the hit song he co-wrote with Manilyn Reynes and interpreted by Ogie’s now-wife Regine Velasquez, was one of the best songs he ever wrote. Apparently, the people behind Korean artist Jang Hye Jin thought so, too.
The Defense: After initially feeling flattered, Ogie then felt robbed by what happened. Thankfully, Ogie’s recording company pursued their talent’s rights, and upon being caught, the Korean recording company didn’t seem to put up any fight over it and simply offered to retroactively buy the rights to “Pangako.”
The Aftermath: All’s well that ends well: Ogie still writes great songs, and Hye Jin’s still hot.
2. MVP Makes Great Graduation Speech About Being a Self-Made Man, But The Speech Wasn’t Exactly Self-Made
via WWE Wikia
This is why we have graphic designers in the 8List.
The Ripoff: MVP, in 2010, was the guest speaker for the Ateneo’s commencement exercise. After a rousing speech, it turns out many elements of his speech were lifted from Barack Obama, J.K. Rowling, Conan O’Brien, and even Oprah Winfrey. This resulted in immediate backlash.
The Defense: Would you believe it? MVP owned up to the mistake by assuming command responsibility, even if it was obvious a speechwriter made the speech for him. Ateneo tried to keep him around, though, because Fivepeat.
What's a little plagiarism between basketball buddies?
The Aftermath: In an effort to make it clear that the university is totally not willing to look the other way for people who donated a building or two to the school, they took it out on several students by charging them with plagiarism. But not MVP, no siree. After several more issues, though, MVP has completely distanced himself from the Ateneo.
1. Senator Tito Sotto Argues Against the RH Bill By Citing a Blogger’s Sources, But Completely Bypasses the Blogger Who Compiled Said Resources
"What's a little plagiarism between basketball buddies?" - Tito Sotto
The Ripoff: In an impassioned privilege speech against the RH Bill where he magically acquired a brand of birth control pills before they existed, few people were surprised when it turns out that a significant chunk of his speech came from an article by blogger Sarah Pope.
The Defense: Where do we begin? Sotto insisted that he quoted Sarah’s sources, and not Sarah herself, while completely missing the part where his transcripts have exactly the same typographical errors as Sarah’s entries, and the part where his own staff admitted they didn’t go through the actual texts Pope was referring to. Unlike MVP, Tito Sotto waffled back and forth with assuming command responsibility over his speechwriters’ errors, and capped his self-pity driven “I’m the victim here” defense with a passive-aggressive shot at Sarah Pope and most of the people calling him out: “Ba’t ko naman iko-quote yung blogger? Blogger lang yun.”
The irony? One of the first people to point out his plagiarism would be the Filipino Freethinkers, who clearly learned the value of intellectual honesty after #8 happened.
The Aftermath: The funny thing is, in an attempt to defend himself from all these allegations, the embattled Senator made another privilege speech to explain himself, where he plagiarized Robert Kennedy. Then we found out he added the libel clause to the Cybercrime Law, since the people getting on his nerves were mostly online, then… okay, I’m tired now. Let’s just say he got away with it, because somehow, instead of the 11 women who die in childbirth in the Philippines ever day, it’s the well-off, powerful, TV actor-turned senator who is apparently the “victim” in this picture.
Current mood: accomplished.
.:Improv Comedy Goodness!:.
Until further notice, Switch Improv, the newest improv comedy group in Metro Manila, will be performing regularly in the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre area every Friday night, around 7:30PM. Should be awesome!
In the event it's raining, by the way, we will be relocating near the Promod shop int he same area. It's a free show, so come on down!
.:Standup Comedy Goodness!:.
Will be opening for Mike Unson next Friday, 25 October, 2013, in Bistro M, at the Miramar Hotel. Definitely looking forward to it, and Mike himself has a pretty huge show on 28 October in Solaire, along with Usapang Lalake's Alex Calleja.
Would have loved to be there myself on 28, but you know, reasons.
Current mood: amused.
We interrupt your regular snark to provide you with this link. I will copy and paste the pertinent numbers, but in case of more updates, I'm guessing Jonas will be more fastidious in giving you the relevant details, as I'm pretty slow with the news gathering at the moment.
In any case, here's the info as ganked from Jonas's blog:
Tsunami Alert Level 2 raised in 19 Philippine provinces after 8.9-earthquake hits Japan. The Philippine Coast Guard say that tsunami waves are expected to arrive in the country approximately at 7:08 PM tonight (Philippine Time).
You can reach the ABS-CBN Foundation tsunami hotline at the following numbers:
(+63 2) 411-0011
(+63 2) 411-0012
The Department of Foreign Affairs has established a hotline for Japan-related concerns.
(+63 2) 834-4646
Filipinos with loved ones in Japan can also call up the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) at the following number:
(+63 2) 722-1155
Current mood: worried.
.:224/365: Laser Cut:.
What is pretty much one of the most bizarre illusions you will ever watch, David Copperfield plays his role to the hilt here in a manner that can only be classified as “smarmy”. With laser lights seemingly cutting through Copperfield, he begins walking around all over the stage as if he were truly split into two pieces. The very eye-catching illusion was certainly an impressive feat back in the day, especially since it was performed live in Las Vegas, with viewing audiences completely stumped as to how it was pulled off.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the most influential name in the magic industry of the last generation, bar none.
.:Yet Another Successful Taumbayan Variety Night!:.
Last Friday, myself, Stanley Chi, and the great Ony Carcamo took Taumbayan by storm one more time as we performed for a packed house in T. Gener corner K-1st in the Kamuning area. It was a night filled with laughs and gasps, and I was pretty happy about how things went for everyone that night, as I went significantly longer than I normally do, going for a full half-hour of magic and comedy as I established the rhythm for the other performers that night.
I opened with the Coloring Book repeat, followed with some shackles and some rope, then went off to do some good ol’ mentalism by doing some card improv, the shaker, some psychokinesis, and of course, the piece de resistance, levitation.
Stanley was on fire last Friday as he went close to half an hour of old and new (!) material that just had everyone chuckling and then guffawing like mad. The audience was a perfect mix, as half of the audience were laughing because they got the 80’s jokes, and the other half were laughing because they realized they were too young to get the joke.
It was a great run-up, really, because after about an hour’s worth of performances, after packing the house to the point that people were actually watching us by the stairs already since the venue had two floors worth of people watching, sir Ony Carcamo took to the stage and gave everyone more than their money’s worth by doing an hour of amazing ventriloquism. Everyone was in stitches over how funny the jokes were, and he even did his own brand of mentalism while he was at it, as he joked around and “botched” predictions left and right, only to prove to everyone that he knew all along what was going to happen.
All in all, this was a pretty amazing show, and I even managed to sit down and chat with none other than John Lapuz that night, whose movie, “Here Comes The Bride,” I was especially fond of. Hopefully, when we do our show again next month, even more people would come and see it, because at 150 bucks, the show is practically a steal.
Thanks, everyone! You can expect more from us in the days to come.
Current mood: accomplished.
.:Day 2/30 Of 30 Days Of Music: My Least Favorite Song:.
Jennifer Lopez wrote only half a song, and if you read the lyrics, you can tell for yourself. Yegads.
Talk About Us
by Jennifer Lopez
I saw you and fell in love
You saw me and fell in love, too
You and me; we fell in love with each other last night
I told you I was concerned
You told me of your concerns, too
Yet and still we both decided
To make love last night
Baby, please tell me
Where do we go from here my love
What are we doing baby
Boy you gotta let me know
Why can't we live the way we want
I want the world to know
I just gotta let it show
What do we stand to lose
If being together
Is what we choose
Oh my love
I think that we should talk
Could this be a crazy dream
And if so then you're dreaming too
'Cause I know for sure that
You feel the same as I do
Could it be that we could be wrong
Even though we're feeling so right
I don't care because I know
That I want you tonight
And I know you want me too
You see all my live I've waited
Waited all my life
Just to be with someone like you
This song is just... blech.
.:Hectic Doesn't Even Begin To Cover It...:.
It's only Tuesday, but I already am so harassed and can't wait for the weekend.
A sponsor backed out, leaving me with a lot of problems to worry about, to say the least. Nonetheless, I'm still hanging in there, and this is really the time where strength of character could really turn things around for a person.
This is a challenge, and this is for a good cause. I face it willingly.
My blog post, Lost Gems Of Philippine History: The 1896 Board Meeting, is one of the nominees for this year's Philippine Blog Awards, for the top 10 blog posts of the year.
I'm actually fairly surprised I made the cut, but I heartily welcome even just the nomination. I wrote this post in response to a blogger who, in the recent past, decided to write and disparage the likes of Rizal and Bonifacio, so I figured I needed a good counterpoint that would answer his allegations but at the same time, give it a humorous outlook rather than a hostile one.
Well, here's hoping I make it into the top 10, but win or lose, being a finalist is more than enough for me. :)
Practicing Metamorphosis with Brenda last weekend proved to be a very interesting endeavor. Looks like the fans of the Pendragons watching Bound And Gagged on October 23 will be having something to look forward to on that nigh,
Noel Gascon's set last night in Spicy Fingers went really uniquely. He definitely took some risks with his jokes, and I'd like to think that it paid off.
And, oh. I bought an X-Box 360... nuninu...
That, and... lookit my company ID! Cool, or coolest thing ever?
This song goes out to someone I know. I always ask myself sometimes why the people we value are the people the others who are lucky to have them tend to just throw away. But I guess I'm the king of wishful thinking.
Kung Ako Na Lang Sana
by Bituin Escalante
Heto ka naman
Kumakatok sa aking pintuan
Muling naghahanap ng makakausap
At heto na naman ako
Nakikinig sa mga kwento mong paulit-ulit lang
Nagtitiis kahit nasasaktan
Ewan kung bakit ba
Hindi ko pa nadadala
Hindi ba't kailan lang nang ika'y iwanan nya
At ewan ko sa iyo
Parang bale wala ang puso ko
Ano nga ba meron siya
Na sa akin ay di mo makita
Kung ako na lang sana ang iyong minahal
Di ka na muling mag-iisa
Kung ako na lang sana ang iyong minahal
Di ka na muling luluha pa
Di ka na mangangailan pang humanap ng iba
Narito ang puso ko
Maghihintay lamang sa iyo
Heto pa rin ako
Umaasa ang puso mo
Baka sakali pang ito'y magbago narito lang ako
Kasama ang buong buhay mo
Ang kulang na lang mahalin mo rin akong lubusan
(Repeat Chorus 2x)
Kung ako na lang sana...
Current mood: depressed.
I'll be on Ruffa and Ai around 10:15-11:15 AM today, guys, on Channel 2. Do watch! :)
.:Before The Rihanna Concert...:.
... I was worried sick about my Beloved during the Rihanna/Chris Brown concert, but before all that, she actually drove to my house just to hug me.
Sweetest thing ever.
Current mood: giddy.