University professor faces false CV charges

A University of Neuchâtel professor under fire for alleged plagiarism is now facing accusations of falsifying his CV.

University professor faces false CV charges
Professor Sam Blili. Photo: University of Neuchâtel

Professor Sam Blili, of the university’s economics department, larded his biography with positions in Quebec that he never held, according to a report from Le Matin, published online on Friday.

Blili’s CV from 2011 stated that he co-founded of an institute of small and medium businesses that involves 50 people from three faculties at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières, the newspaper said.

The professor also stated that he co-founded an international network of researchers into small and medium businesses, and was co-founder of a “Bombardier” research chair, Le Matin reports.

However, the newspaper contacted one of the co-founders of the institute of small and medium businesses, Pierre-André Julien, an emeritus professor at the University of Quebec, who said Blili never held the positions.

The Canadian university has already asked Blili to remove these references from his CV, Le Matin said.

Through his lawyer, Blili indicated that he had no comments to make about Le Matin’s revelations.

The cantonal department of education in Neuchâtel is reportedly looking into allegations that a book the professor, originally from Quebec, co-wrote is extensively plagiarized.

Le Matin maintains that the book, “La Suisse qui gagne”, authored by Blili and Francis Sermet, another professor, lifts entire passages from other sources without attribution.

The book is required reading for students of Blili, who has been a professor at the University of Neuchâtel since 2002.

A university investigation into the affair led to a report last month with inconclusive results, Le Matin said.

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Jay Z to pay royalties for ‘stolen’ Swiss tune

American rap star Jay Z has agreed to pay half the royalties from one of his songs to Swiss jazz musician Bruno Spoerri after using Spoerri’s music without permission.

Jay Z to pay royalties for 'stolen' Swiss tune
Photo: AFP

The rapper had initially denied copying Spoerri’s instrumental “Lilith — on the way” — in “Versus”, a song that came out in 2013.

But following an 18-month legal process, Jay Z has agreed to hand over a portion of royalties from “Versus”, Spoerri told the ATS news agency, confirming a report about the deal in Basel-based daily TagesWoche.

The lifted melody in question came from a song composed by the Swiss pianist and saxophonist in 1978, ATS said.

Jay Z, the stage name of Shawney Corey Carter, a 45-year-old rapper, record producer and entrepreneur,

only admitted to using the music without attribution a few months ago, according to the report.

Spoerri rejected an initial offer to settle the dispute, considering it too low.

The 79-year-old has been making a living from music since 1967.

He has worked with the likes of Lee Konitz, Hans Kennel and George Gruntz.

Among other things he has directed the Zurich jazz festival and music schools in Zurich and Lucerne.

Check out for yourself Spoerri’s allegations of plagiarism with the two YouTube videos below: