Plagiarized Articles Warn of the Evils of Plagiarism

Professor Brian L. Frye of University of Kentucky – College of Law recently published to SSRN an interesting trilogy of articles about plagiarism norms.  Why so interesting?  Because the articles themselves were completely plagiarized.  In fact, that was the point.

Frye writes:

In 2020, I paid Alvin Emoodo of $100 to ghostwrite a law review article for me titled “Illegitimacy of Plagiarism Norms.” Emoodo wrote a 10 page article for me in about 3 days.

Here’s a selection from the abstract of that article:

Plagiarism deceives readers and gives the plagiarist undeserved credits while hurting the plagiarized authors. All plagiarism norms are illegitimate and not justified. The cheating that is plagiarism earns plagiarists undeserved awards such as academic certificates.

It worked so well once, Frye tried it again:

On March 24, 2021, I discovered the website, which uses an algorithm to automatically generate articles on any topic. It even adds citations!…  Best $3 I ever spent…

It is a total word salad. But amusingly, its automated paraphrasing feature, which is supposed to fool plagiarism detection software, replaced the word “plagiarism” with “writing.”

And again:

At about the same time, posted an advertisement for its essay writing service on the Scholastica blog. I was intrigued by their offer, and paid them $29 to write an essay titled “Illegitimacy of Plagiarism Norms,” with 10 citations. I even encouraged them to cite “my” previous essay “Illegitimacy of Plagiarism Norms.” Interestingly, also argued that plagiarism is bad.

There’s something deliciously ironic about plagiarized articles warning about the evils of plagiarism.  Or wait, is ironic the right word here? – maybe disconcerting? outrageous?  In any event, well played, my friend.  Well played.