Plagiarism, defamation and the power of hyperlinks

If Fareed Zakaria and Jonah Lehrer had spent more time linking to the original sources of content they used in their writing, they wouldn’t have faced accusations of plagiarism. Their cases and a recent defamation lawsuit against Gawker Media help reinforce the value of the hyperlink.

After fabricating Bob Dylan quotes, Jonah Lehrer resigns from the New Yorker

Science writer Jonah Lehrer is resigning from his position as a staff writer at the New Yorker, following the discovery by Tablet magazine that Lehrer fabricated Bob Dylan quotations in his bestselling book “Imagine.” Lehrer’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, will stop selling the book.

Jonah Lehrer, self-borrowing and the problem with “big ideas”

Newly appointed New Yorker staff writer Jonah Lehrer — author of the bestselling books “Imagine,” “How We Decide” and “Proust Was a Neuroscientist” and a former editor at Wired — has been discovered recycling his own material for different publications. It isn’t that surprising.