Ragen to Pay 233,000 Shekels for Plagiarism (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/28/12)
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The Jerusalem District Court ruled on Tuesday that American-Israeli
author Naomi Ragen will pay 233,000 shekels in compensation to author
Sarah Shapiro, whom Ragen had been found guilty of plagiarizing.
Ragen, a religious Zionist woman who has written against hareidim and
is known for opposing their position on feminist issues, was found
guilty in December of having copied portions of Shapiro’s “Growing Up
with My Children” and inserting them in her own novel, Sotah.
Ragen previously vehemently denied the charges by Shapiro. The
Jerusalem District Court ruled in favor of Shapiro, who like Ragen
lives in Jerusalem.
Ragen told the court that she only used Shapiro’s material as “raw
material,” but the ruling stated that the author in effect
intentionally copied parts of the book.
The sum that the court imposed on Ragen is the highest compensation
ever given to an author in Israel for copyright infringement.
Shapiro’s lawyer, Gilad Corinaldi, said after the verdict was given
out, “This is a significant achievement which will encourage writers
to protect their copyrights. The judge should be praised for his
intelligence and efforts to bring the parties to an agreed upon
In January, Ragen was cleared by Israel´s Supreme Court on all
charges of plagiarism and copyright infringement in a second case
brought against her by writer Michal Tal.
The case filed by Tal, a self-published author, over what she claimed
were similarities to her own manuscript in Ragen´s book "The Ghost of
Hannah Mendes," was decided in Ragen´s favor after Tal´s death.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/28/12)
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