Telegraph review ‘plagiarism complaint’

royalhallThe Telegraph yesterday received complaints after a website claimed a review of musician Laura Marling’s recent show at the Albert Hall had been “ripped off” of another magazine’s review.

Music site For Folk’s Sake highlighted the claims of the magazine Wears The Trousers that the review in the Telegraph was “remarkably similar” to one published online by the magazine earlier in the day.

Alan Pedder, editor of Wears The Trousers, said: “Our article went up at 10.35 yesterday and the Telegraph’s went up seven hours later. It was brought to my attention by an astute commenter […] who flagged it up beneath our article.

“That article almost immediately became inactive, only to reappear at a new URL after [the magazine’s reviewer] had made a complaint through the Telegraph website’s online submission form.”

A particular paragraph underlined by For Folk’s Sake which caused complaints contained the lines: “… focusing mainly on new material and lesser known B-sides rather than audience favourites”, as compared with the earlier review’s: “… continuing with mainly new material (including ‘Made By Maid’, aired on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour last week) and lesser known B-sides (’Alpha Shallows’ and ‘Blackberry Stone’) rather than audience favourites.”

The Telegraph’s paragraph went on to say: “The crowd offered no complaints, lapping up the chance to preview the mature and confident sound of Marling’s highly anticipated second album. There were also a few they could sing along to, by way of her biggest hits ‘Ghosts’, ‘My Manic & I’ and ‘Alas I Cannot Swim'”, while Wears The Trousers said: “The Festival Hall crowd clearly had no complaints, lapping up the chance to preview the defiant and mature sound of hotly anticipated album number two. They were duly rewarded with a few that they could sing along to, by way of ‘Ghosts’, ‘My Manic & I’ and ‘Alas I Cannot Swim’.”

The writer of the Wears The Trousers article, Richard Steele, has contacted the Telegraph and is awaiting replies from the paper’s editorial and legal teams. For Folk’s Sake is also awaiting a reply from its inquiry into the similarities.