Plagiarism as a Personal Compulsion or a Postmodern Exercise

ACADEME BLOG

In a recent post, Aaron Barlow referenced Shia LaBeouf’s recent plagiarism of much of Justin M. Clowes’s independent short film, Justin M. Damiano, in his own independent short film, HowardCantour.com.

I don’t think that it is an exaggeration to assert that exponentially more people have heard or read about the plagiarism than have seen either of the films—never mind both of the films, which is the only way in which a viewer would actually be able to identify the plagiarism.

Moreover, given the economics of independent short films, the issue is clearly more a matter of principle, whether ethical or aesthetic, than an issue of financial loss and compensation.

In any case, in response to the media attention to his plagiarism, LaBeouf issued an apology.

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