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comment Should a scientific paper have copyright?
It's protecting against unauthorized copying. One can make a reasonable case that science could benefit from having fewer such restrictions (and the open access movement is taking science in that direction, by authorizing more forms of copying). However, most of the cases you discuss are unrealistic. The reason you are getting negative reactions to your questions and comments isn't that everybody thinks copyright policies in science are perfect, but rather that you seem to be trying to start arguments without actually understanding what copyright law says or allows.
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comment Should a scientific paper have copyright?
Copyright deals only with direct copying. If you steal someone else's ideas but describe them in your own words, then that's not a copyright violation. You're right that from an academic perspective, stealing ideas is worse than most copyright violations, but it's a separate issue.
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comment A case study on copying a part of another person's paper to your own paper without mentioning the source
The Nature paper has a detailed retraction notice, including two reports from RIKEN. These reports describe much more serious misconduct than you indicate in your question. Given the reports, I'm not surprised that Obokata was fired, but I don't think this is the right place to hold a debate on the topic.
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comment How does one become an Affiliate Professor?
This is one possibility, but some places take affiliate professor positions much more seriously (considering it a faculty appointment that requires outside letters, a departmental vote, administration approval, etc.). But I think your description is pretty on target for the title "research affiliate".
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answered To teach English at the college level, is there an advantage to having a masters in English vs Education?
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answered What is a good answer for an interview question "Why do you want to teach at this teaching university?" (when there are several others nearby)
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answered How to approach PhD admissions after leaving previous PhD because my advisor tried to force me to manipulate data
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comment Time and money spent on conferences
What counts as time spent on a conference? Presumably you include time spent attending the conference or travelling. What about reviewing papers? Preparing slides? Writing the papers?
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comment How much are local (same state or country) applicants favored in PhD admissions?
Strange, I'm not aware of policy changes hurting the math department's ability to accept international applicants (although I don't work there so I might just not know). The restrictions that FAQ lists don't seem all that onerous. I wonder whether ChemE had previously been admitting some applicants with very low TOEFL scores (because they were supported by grants and didn't need to teach), but policy changes ruled that out, while math students were always expected to teach and thus always had additional restrictions. But that's just a guess.
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answered Is there deliberate gender preferential treatment in hiring or admission in STEM fields?
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comment Is it possible for an international masters student to get into teaching role in US Universities on completion
@paulgarrett: Great point, thanks!
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