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How does he get away with it?
on 3 January 2014
Look Inside! it says. Well, let's look inside.
Let's look at the copyright notice. Copyright "Raymond Keene OBE 2013", it says. Uh huh.
Well, the first position in the book is Alekhine-Bogoljubow, which as Ray says, was played in 1929. The notes, as Ray does not say, originally appeared in My Great Predecessors, part one, pages 411-412. This was published by Everyman in 2003. They were written by Garry Kasparov. They're not copyright Raymond Keene OBE at all.
The second position? Well, that's from the second part of the same series, also published by Everyman in 2003, pages 223-4, same author. Once again, Ray is claiming copyright on material which he has lifted from a previously published book.
Third position? Well, in this instance Ray's lifted them from a book he edited, called Learn from the Grandmasters, first published by Batsford in 1975. Although he edited the book, he didn't write the notes: as he does not say, they were written by Viktor Korchnoi, and appear on page 14 of the 1975 edition, copyright BT Batsford.
As it happens, all three examples have been lifted before - in the Times for 5, 6 and 3 June 2013 respectively. In each instance small changes were made from the originals and the work was presented as Ray's own. The original works were not credited, nor the original authors. Nor does the present book mention them, or the previous publications in the Times. It just gives a copyright claim of "Raymond Keene OBE 2013".
There are other examples in the book, but I just give those which the reader can see without purchasing it. Scandalous conduct, which the publisher should not accept.