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September 28th, 2006
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From:mickawber
Date:September 29th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)
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The plagiarism I've seen around the HP fandom is mostly on a far less sophisticated scale than Cassandra Clare's, which was almost brilliant in its packrat deployment of unattributed little bits and pieces of others' work.

Most often I've seen entire fics cut, pasted and posted under the name of the new 'author'--often with a different title, but not always. (It's happened with art too, which is pretty wild, since artists' styles tend to be so easily identifiable.) This strikes me as stunningly stupid, not to mention utterly amoral. The only motivation that I can imagine is Munchhausen-esque--a desire to get a lot of adulation, and a desire to take possession of a piece of fiction (or art) that you love and call it your own.

I think it may also be an outgrowth of the Kazaa/Naptser mentality: if it's out there, it's mine. If it's mine, I can do anything I want to with it. Intellectual property? What's that?

(We can talk about the ethics of IP another day--I just wanted to point out that this might be part of the mindset, especially since most of the plagiarists seem to be fairly young...)
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From:bibliophile20
Date:September 29th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
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I think we've all agreed that one of the primary reasons that people, especially younger people who make up the core of any fandom, plagiarize is because they want attention, and, as you pointed out, the whole "information is free! information belongs to us all*!" mentality certainly doesn't help.


*and Karl Marx is undoubtedly laughing in his grave
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