Certainly the Plagiarism

Certainly the plagiarism, and dealing with the fallout of it, was the most difficult thing I’ve ever faced since I started writing.

~  Nora Roberts

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Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author’s phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.

~  Guy Debord

6 thoughts on “Certainly the Plagiarism”

  1. Guy Debord was a Marxist theorist who advocates the theft of someone else’s property.

    Well color me surprised.

    • Good point, Bill.

      As a longtime TPV regular, you know, I don’t always agree with items I post here.

    • Yeah, anyone who wants to use Debord’s arguments should check him out. One of his beliefs as a Letterist is that art should not have financial value, and he and cronies went out of their way to devalue others’ works. Wikipedia has a decent article on him if you are interested.

  2. Nora Roberts went through hell dealing with Janet Dailey’s wholesale cut and pasting of her books into a good number of Dailey’s. Being a classy lady, Nora donated all the punitive money to charity. Dailey was “punished” by the publishing industry by being given a multimillion dollar contract soon after for her next series of books. Another successful writer did the very same thing to Roberts several years ago. At least they stole from the best. Both cases of mass plagiarism was found by readers who turned the a**holes in to Roberts publisher.

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