Walsh is facing calls to withdraw from the race to defend his Montana Senate seat after allegations surfaced that he failed to properly attribute sources in a 2007 paper written while earning his master's degree at the U.S. Army War College, reports The Huffington Post.
Plagiarism -- copying another's work and passing it off as your own -- can have potentially dire consequences, sometimes many years after the fact. Here are five potential legal consequences of plagiarism:
Payment of royalties. If your work is found to be an unattributed copy of someone else's you may be forced to repay profits earned on the work to the original owner. Australian band Men at Work were ordered to pay royalties to a publishing company after a judge found they lifted a portion of an Australian school teacher's song in their 1979 hit "Down Under."
Costly court battles to clear your name. A woman who claims she was falsely accused of plagiarism while attending Harvard Law was forced to sue the school to clear her name. Megon Walker's lawsuit against the school claimed that plagiarism charge -- which she alleges was caused when the school law journal published an unfinished draft of an article -- caused her to lose out on a $160,000/year job offer.
Court sanctions. Even attorneys have been caught plagiarizing. Stephanie Ovadia, who represented Lindsay Lohan in multiple civil lawsuits, was sanctioned $750 by a U.S. District Court judge for plagiarizing the contents of her legal briefs.
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