First Discussion - The Fandom Psychiatrist
I'm here thanks to a rec by bringandfly
I think those that plagiarize don't necessarily realize they want attention - I think they want to be a part of the fandom they're plagiarizing, and they can't come up with their own work or they've been told their work is crap. They go out, find a decent story and C/P it - sometimes making changes, sometimes not. But ultimately, whether they realize it or not, they want the attention - make a name for themselves - and they do it to get recognized.
I believe some probably don't even realize it's not right to plagiarize. They do it thinking it's okay.
People who have been convicted of stealing from companies for whatever reasons have said that when they were doing the stealing, they didn't really realize what they were doing was wrong. I know that's hard for some to fathom (I have a hard time fathoming it), but for some reason, in their brains, they are able to reason it is okay to do what they're doing. And I think perhaps, sometimes, that's what happens here, too. They find some sort of reasoning mechanism to make them think it is okay to steal another's work.
pointed out above, a sense of entitlement that seems endemic among the last couple of generations (my dad gets annoyed sometimes at the sense of entitlement displayed by fellow Baby Boomers) and they figure the world owes them something for the fact that they exist. My icon sums up my opinion of that perspective nicely.