NT$2 million CEPD research plagiarized from thesis: DPP
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A NT$2 million research project conducted by an institute that was authorized by the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) was allegedly plagiarized from a National Taiwan University (NTU) graduate student's master's thesis, an opposition party lawmaker said yesterday.
January 1, 2013, 12:59 am TWN
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) said that the research conducted by the Institute for Physical Planning & Information (IPPI), which was authorized by the CEPD and given NT$2 million in funding, was partially plagiarized from the master's thesis.
According to Tuan, the NTU graduate student discovered that the research, which was about the review and future of the subsidized construction plan regarding Taiwan island districts, had plagiarized one of its six chapters from his master's thesis.
Tuan said that in the allegedly plagiarized chapter of the research, the main statistics and table were copied from the NTU graduate student's thesis with few numbers and statistics changed. There is no reference listing the source.
Tuan said “the NTU graduate student wrote the IPPI a letter regarding the plagiarism, but the IPPI replied that since there are several differences with the numbers in the table, it does not count as plagiarism.”
According to the Copyright Act, Tuan said, this table belongs to the NTU graduate student's intellectual property, which means that whoever uses or modifies the table should list the student's thesis as the reference. Those who do not follow the regulation could receive a maximum of three years in prison.
CEPD Denies Plagiarism Accusation
The CEPD said that the NTU graduate student and the IPPI both used the same statistics provided by the CEPD, which explained why there are similar analysis results.
An IPPI official surnamed Tseng also said that in the IPPI research there is information from 2011 and different statistics, which the NTU graduate student did not include in the master's thesis.
Tseng said “the IPPI has reviewed this incident and confirmed that there is no plagiarism issue. However, the IPPI will still talk with the NTU graduate student to solve the misunderstanding.”