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September 28th, 2006
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Date:September 29th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
This is true, but anytime you start discussion anything that has to do with a BNF (and the aspects of that moniker will undoubtedly provide fuel for several discussions) as you said, true inspiration and plagiarism run very close in those areas. But what we're talking about here is:
taking someone else's art, and changing it a bit, or not at all and putting it up as your own
C&Ping a fic and maybe changing a few words, or even just rewriting it nearly entirely
Or, to put it more simply, the type of plagiarism that you see every day in the fandom, the kind that get's reported to stop_plagiarism instead of Fandom Wank (BTW, stop_plagiarism has a very good definition in their userinfo.)
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Date:September 29th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yes but I think art is a lot trickier to look at than fic when it comes to plagarism. Look at The Shoebox Project for a moment. Since its creation I've seen a lot of artists draw Remus Lupin much like he appears there. If the creators were really irate they could probably raise a plagarism wank.

Especially when it comes to character designs, artists who are just starting out are probably going to have character images that look very similar if not identical to an artist's they enjoy or admire. I'll use my own example here: I look at fan art a lot and sometimes I'll come across a picture that makes me think, "Yes! That's so-and-so right there!" For a long time if I sat down and drew a picture of Remus Lupin he ended up looking a lot like the Remus Lupin of mon_starling because I really enjoyed her art and found that her image was exactly what I had in mind. My Remus Lupin drawings have since "evolved" from that initial stage (probably from me watching the latest season of Doctor Who), but I do think that even though I was only inspired, if I posted Lupin art there could be someone out there who would turn around and accuse me of plagarism.

I think that this then relates to what someone else said in the comments about some plagarists not realizing what they're doing. Perhaps there CAN be innocent plagarists even if they are found far and few between.
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