I am no longer talking about anything that has happened on PerlMonks. I will leave that for others to discuss. But in some cultures, the most important thing is getting the answer right. Whether your work/idea is original is secondary. For example, sometimes students will copy each other's homework. Here in the States, this is a big offense and the students could get in trouble (and rightfully so, since these students are breaking the rules), but in other places, it is not. What is interesting is that it goes well beyond "homework problems". What happens when some company steals your technological innovation and pass it off as thier own? I can think of one country in particuar that is dealing with serious patent issues.
Since we are getting into a subject that is beyond what has occurred, I will stop here. You can private message me if you want to continue the conversation. What amazes me is that this chap actually cared enough about xp to go through all that trouble.