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Canon Press Statement on A Justice Primer

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As many may know by now, we at Canon Press have found ourselves in the unpleasant situation of having recently published a book, A Justice Primer, which included plagiarized material. We have reviewed how this happened and where and we believe Randy Booth's explanation that this happened because of negligence and not malice. We have also run Douglas Wilson's contributions to the book through two separate plagiarism detection software programs and found his work to be original and plagiarism-free.

There might be more to follow this statement, but first and foremost, we at Canon would like to seek forgiveness from the authors whose material we unknowingly published without attribution or permission. Regardless of how this plagiarism occurred, as a publisher we take full responsibility for what happens under our banner. This kind of thing is simply unacceptable and we offer this public apology to those authors as part of a multi-faceted response to this situation. Where possible, we will also be reaching out to those wronged parties individually.

As we move forward as a publishing house, we are purchasing, researching and testing plagiarism detection software (despite the high cost) for future titles so that we can do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again. We will also be combing through our substantial back catalog of books, and striving to elevate our editorial immune system across the board.

We are grateful to those who brought this problem to light, especially because it was revealed so early in the life of the book and damage could be immediately contained.