My bf's in grad school, and he recently found out that a project that he presented a year ago was published by his professor in a national conference WITHOUT his consent. To make the matter more unjust, that professor published that project at the conference AS IF IT WERE HIS (the prof's) IDEA! He put HIS OWN NAME on the project by-line, and put my bf's name as his research assistant only! (Note that this project wasn't a research project for that professor, so that prof. does not have any right whatsoever to claim it as his own.) That professor also copied all the graphs, diagrams, and copied word for word from my bf's project. My bf had sent a letter to that professor, yet the prof claimed that he had gotten my bf's permission before, but it was my bf who had forgotten about it! He also added so nonchalantly that if my bf has any more concern, do not hestitate to contact him again (that jerk!!) Since this professor is no longer living in the states (he's now teaching at an overseas university), what should/can my bf do? For all the lawyers out there, any legal claims? Thanks for any advice!