I have myself always been terrified of plagiarism—of being accused of it, that is. Every writer is a thief, though some of us are more clever than others at disguising our robberies. The reason writers are such slow readers is that we are ceaselessly searching for things we can steal and then pass off as our own: a natty bit of syntax, a seamless transition, a metaphor that jumps to its target like an arrow shot from an aluminum crossbow.
5/8/2012 07:09:09 am
I've heard it say that intellectual property isn't as much the problem as is the derivative work. Times are moving so fast, that if someone's work isn't out there to be built on, it'll be useless in no time. Just look at all the people who write ABOUT books. What about curating? Quoting?
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