WEB EXTRA: Plagiarism Uncovered at Hardboiled





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Prominent campus publication Hardboiled may be in some hot water.

The Asian American-themed magazine is facing allegations of plagiarism stemming from its November issue, prompting the monthly magazine to terminate a member of its writing staff yesterday.

Editors will meet tonight to discuss policy changes designed to pre-empt future incidents of copyright infringement.

The article in question, titled "Japanese Hilton Sisters," described the enigmatic exploits of Kyoko and Mika Kano, two wealthy Japanese socialites.

Hardboiled's article liberally borrowed both phrases and anecdotes from a piece published in the October issue of the magazine W, a fashion monthly.

Evidence of Hardboiled contributing staff member Connie Chung's plagiarism appeared extensive.

The W article, entitled "Made in Japan," at one point stated that "Kyoko is said to have owned a shipping business, the sale of which made her independently wealthy-but she has refused to disclose what she shipped or who bought her company."

The Hardboiled article stated in an unattributed assertion that "at one point Kyoko is said to have owned a shipping business which she then sold to earn her wealth. But she never revealed what she shipped, or who bought the company."

W magazine is currenly investingating the plagiarism allegations, said a copyright lawyer for publication company Conde Nast, which along with W also owns Vanity Fair, Wired and The New Yorker.

"As a student magazine we have a limited staff, and we try our best to make sure that everything coming from writers is original," said Hardboiled tech editor Roger Wong. "After this incident we have re-evaluated how we accept and evaluate stories."

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