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Shia Labeouf Brilliantly Parodies Intellectual Property With Plagiarized Apologies And Defense Of Plagiarism

from the do-keep-this-up dept

I'll admit that, other than knowing his name and that he was a Hollywood actor in some big budget films, I didn't know very much at all about Shia LaBeouf. However, apparently he's been facing some "controversy" over a few different examples of plagiarism in his work, with the "biggest" being plagiarizing a cartoon by Daniel Clowes called Justin M. Damiano with the short film HowardCantour.com. Others also pointed out that, in a comic book created by LaBeouf, he apparently plagiarized a bunch of others, including Kurt Vonnegut and Charles Bukowski (if you're going to plagiarize, plagiarize from the best, apparently).

While plagiarism scandals pop up every so often, there are a variety of standard responses -- usually involving some sort of apology and then someone laying low for a while before reappearing (just ask Joe Biden). LaBeouf initially appeared to be following the same script... tweeting out apologies, before people started realizing that the apologies themselves were "plagiarized." That includes using Tiger Woods' apology after his scandal: "I have let my family down, and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart." Also, former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara's famous apology concerning his role in the Vietnam War: "I was wrong, terribly wrong. I owe it to future generations to explain why."

From there, he finally admitted on New Year's eve that he was really mocking everyone -- which should have been obvious from the beginning, by saying:
You have my apologies for offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realizing I was mocking you.
Oh, and if you hadn't figured it out already, that line is also plagiarized.

He then decided to give an email interview with BleedingCool, much of which itself appears to be plagiarized as well. BleedingCool initially claimed that it believed the statements were "original" to LaBeouf, but then has gone back and noted repeated lines in the interview that are plagiarized from others. I'm guessing that they're missing quite a few others.

But what comes out of it is what is likely a highly plagiarized defense of plagiarism, as well as a condemnation of the state of copyright law today, and how it limits forms of expression. Take this tidbit, for example:
The problem begins with the legal fact that authorship is inextricably
bound up in the idea of ownership and the idea of language as
Intellectual property. Language and ideas flow freely between people
Despite the law. It’s not plagiarism in the digital age – it’s repurposing.
Copyright law has to give up on its obsession with “the copy”
The law should not regulate “copy’s” or “reproductions” on there own.
It should instead regulate uses – like public distributions of copyrighted work -
That connect directly to the economic incentive copyright law was intended to foster.
The author was the person who had been authorized by the state to print there work.
They were the ones to be held accountable for the ideas.
THE FIRST LAWS ON AUTHORSHIP WERE USED TO CENSOR & PERSECUTE
THE WRITERS WHO DARED PUBLISH RADICAL IDEAS.
Simple – should creation have to check with a lawyer?
At least some of that is from Larry Lessig. Almost certain other parts are from others. But, in a way he's proving the point. He is creating something new, unique and interesting, even as he's plagiarizing others, even to the point of talking about outdated copyright laws.

For what it's worth, even this idea is not unique. Back in 2007 we wrote about author Jonathan Lethem writing an entire defense of plagiarism, which was 100% plagiarized. If Labeouf is looking for more material, he might want to check that one out, if he hasn't already. Oh, and also Malcolm Gladwell's 2004 defense of plagiarism, which has some great quotes as well.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:01pm

    One word...

    Nice.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:02pm

    Plagiarize!

    Plagiarize!

    Why do you think the good lord made your eyes?

    So don't shade your eyes,

    Plagiarize!

    (Only remember please to always call it "research").

     

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      CK20XX (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:39pm

      Re: Plagiarize!

      I am never forget the day my first book is published.
      Every chapter I stole from somewhere else.
      Index I copy from old Vladivostok telephone directory.
      This book was sensational!
      Pravda - well, Pravda - Pravda said: "Zhil-bil korol kogda-to, pree nyom blokha zhila"[1] It stinks.
      But Izvestia! Izvestia said: "Ya idoo kuda sam czar idyot peshkom!"[2]
      It stinks.

       

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      Vidiot (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:39pm

      Re: Plagiarize!

      Hey! That's plagiarized!

       

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      GMacGuffin (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 3:13pm

      Re: Plagiarize!

      Har. Tom Lehrer. Thought I recognized it. My dad used to sing his songs to me as a youngun. (I only recall the Boy Scout song myself ...)

       

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        John Fenderson (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 3:21pm

        Re: Re: Plagiarize!

        Your dad is a wise man. I sang Lehrer's songs to my daughter while she was growing up as well. Her favorite was "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," and I took great pride in being able to sing "The Elements" perfectly at full speed.

         

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          Niall (profile), Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 5:25am

          Re: Re: Re: Plagiarize!

          I take my hat off to you, sir!

           

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          BernardoVerda (profile), Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 11:12pm

          Re: Re: Re: Plagiarize!

          > Your dad is a wise man. I sang Lehrer's songs to my daughter while she was growing up as well. Her favorite was "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," and I took great pride in being able to sing "The Elements" perfectly at full speed.

          A sad case if I ever saw one. There's no hope for you, I'm afraid. ;)

           

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 9:09pm

      Re: Plagiarize!

      You stole this comment from Lehrer!!!!! Plagiarist!

       

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    wec, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:04pm

    AC, better watch out you know somebody in some writing has used the word 'Nice'. You don't to to plagiarize someone's writings.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:33pm

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      Now that I think about it, I better go see if the word "nice" has ever been used in a Shaun Shane poem. I certainly don't want to bring the wrath of OnPress down on myself.

       

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    Rikuo (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:07pm

    ...Damn. Now I suppose I had better check out his movies. *Clicks play on the Transformers movies with very shaky hands and a look of absolute terror on face*

     

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    Kosso, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:17pm

    'There' / 'Their'

    Did he also plagiarise the mis-spelling of 'their'?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:22pm

    The truly brilliant part....

    As any good artist can tell you, there are rules you must first learn and master, but once you have mastered them you can purposely break them effectively. The rule here is quotation with attribution. He is seamlessly littering everything he says about this with quotes but purposely leaving out the attribution as a means to get people to pay closer attention to what he is actually saying under the guise of finding the hidden quotes. It's like a graphic designer breaking kerning rules for typesetting - purposely making something harder to read - in order to engage the viewer's attention a little longer to in order to figure out the meaning. As with any art, there will be those that will get it and those that will not and those that think they do but haven't got a clue.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:30pm

      Re: The truly brilliant part....

      Also, in order to be offended by the use of a quote without attribution you would first have to recognize the quote and no that it was attributed to someone else in the first place at which point, you really didn't need to be told who it was then did you? He's questioning the rules which is something artists have done since the beginning of time.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 3:35pm

      Re: The truly brilliant part....

      And once you can see what he is actually doing, it ceases to be plagiarism and becomes a technique. The removal of the quotation marks doesn't make him a plagiarist any more than e e cummings was a poor orthographer.

       

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      pfre, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 9:57pm

      Re: The truly brilliant part....

      Rules of etiquette

       

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:25pm

    I didn't know he could operate on that level.


    *starts slow clap*

     

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      jupiterkansas (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 3:06pm

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      Many Hollywood actors are far smarter than Hollywood will ever let you know, which might be why they engage in this sort of puckish behavior.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:40pm

    Quick, life imprisonment /s
    Sad thing is, thats how some people think, that being strict is whats important, then the actual severity of the "crime", in this case, quite literally letters being put together to put words together, the mentality being that if you use this non crime to do something someone else doesnt like, then this NON CRIME will be viewed, or at least an attempt to make OTHERS view this LITERAL non crime as a.....well,.....crime.............bastards overdue for major karma, is what that is

     

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    rosspruden (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 2:46pm

    Sounds familiar.

    Fans of Robert Heinlein will recall how Zebadiah Carter (in The Number of The Beast) earned a doctorate in education to show how ridiculously easy it was by lifting ideas from the doctorate review board's own theses and crafting his thesis with no original ideas.

    One has to wonder if this has ever been attempted in real life...

     

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      John Fenderson (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 3:03pm

      Re: Sounds familiar.

      No need to wonder. Many such cases have appeared in the news over the years. Not just doctoral theses, either, but actual professional research papers.

       

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    akp (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 4:18pm

    I've been following this somewhat, and I think you're giving Shia far too much intellectual credit.

    He may be trying to make a larger point about re-mixing, but we here all usually still agree that trying to profit off of someone else's work that you haven't transformed is still a douchy thing to do.

    The kid can't even seem to form a proper English sentence. I don't think he's trying to parody anything, I think he's trying to make excuses for things he's actually done wrong.

    He's thumbing his nose at everyone who thinks he should apologize, but that doesn't mean he actually shouldn't apologize.

     

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      ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 6:53pm

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      Adapting a story to the screen is transformative, for what should be obvious reasons.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 6:42am

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        "Adapting a story to the screen is transformative, for what should be obvious reasons."

        If so, I can take Stephen King's "Cujo", retitle it "Bingo" and film it exactly as written (just changing the characters' names as Shia did with Clowes' story) and suffer no legal consequences, right, boy?

         

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          John Fenderson (profile), Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 10:37am

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          Actually, if you were to film Cujo exactly as written, you'd have an insanely long, boring movie that nobody would want to sit through.

          A very long movie runs 2.5 hours or so. It's literally impossible to include a complete novel on the screen in that amount of time. Movies tell short stories, not novels.

          This means that movie adaptations of books must be adaptations: they have to be converted from novel form to short story form. That is significant editing, requiring significant creative decisions.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 2:21pm

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            " It's literally impossible to include a complete novel on the screen in that amount of time. Movies tell short stories, not novels."

            You obviously didn't see the two-part "Atlas Shrugged".

            And the point was that he took the story without permission or acquiring the rights.
            If he did it with a Stephen King novel (even changing the names), his bank account would belong to King.

             

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              John Fenderson (profile), Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 2:51pm

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              You obviously didn't see the two-part "Atlas Shrugged".


              True. The book was bad enough, I certainly won't watch the movie.

              I was redirecting the back to the point back to what ChurchHatesTucker was saying: that adapting a story to the screen is inherently transformative. What the AC was proposing was nonsensical and not to the point.

               

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                Anonymous Coward, Jan 5th, 2014 @ 12:27am

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                "What the AC was proposing was nonsensical and not to the point."

                Actually, it was the point.

                Had Shia taken a story by anybody better-known, he'd be up the creek without a lawyer for using the material without authorization or licensing.

                 

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      Greevar (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 8:49pm

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      If the words have value in being retold, it doesn't matter who originally said them. Accreditation doesn't bear any measure of merit on the words, to take offense in their reuse is nothing more than an appeal to emotion that is fueled by a misguided concession to marketing concerns.

      He shouldn't have to apologize, and we do not all agree that what he did was wrong on any level. Any line you can draw on what is acceptable can be argued as subjective. Thinking that you can tell sewage from water after the two have been mixed is self-deluding. (Yes, that was a pun.)

       

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      Ash, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 7:09am

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      "work that you haven't transformed"

      I see what you did there...

       

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    Erinoid, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 4:24pm

    I must not be smart enough

    As a regular everyday person who knows nothing about 'art'.... I will not watch this movie or try to 'get' Shia, based on the fact that without any of this 'controversy' he would have taken 100% credit for an idea that we all would have thought was his, AND profited from it. That's not right.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 4:37pm

      Re: I must not be smart enough

      What you don't seem to get is that the plagiarism is SO over the top in terms of frequency and from as many sources (even to the point that he has to make a SIGNIFICANT EFFORT to do it at times when it would be MUCH easier not to. When someone does something in art like that 1. It isn't an accident, and 2. there is a reason why they are doing it. The question then becomes why. Plagiarism is usually seen as an act of laziness. This isn't. There is a big difference.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 4:49pm

        Re: Re: I must not be smart enough

        Just read the email conversation with him. That a perfect example of what I am talking about. That took effort to answer the questions asked with so many quotes. Leaving off the quotation marks for effect is part of the technique. He clearly didn't do that because he couldn't say things "in his own words". Good artists borrow but great artists steal.

         

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    Nina Paley (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 4:40pm

    Remixing is an art, yes. If done skillfully the result will be coherent and meaningful. I don't think that happened here, so the adverb "brilliantly" may be misplaced. Or maybe I'm just too old to dig the hip unreadability or something.

     

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      Mike Masnick (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 5:05pm

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      Remixing is an art, yes. If done skillfully the result will be coherent and meaningful. I don't think that happened here, so the adverb "brilliantly" may be misplaced. Or maybe I'm just too old to dig the hip unreadability or something.

      I dunno. That interview is pretty impressive...

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 5:17pm

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      What is the difference between this and a film maker that sprinkles somewhat obscure quotes into his or her film from others' works as subtle references to those works that are there for some viewers to pick up on? The only difference I can see is frequency. Frequency that is on purpose to make sure people pick up on some of them. True plagiarists try to pass off their plagiarism as their own work and honestly hope they are never found out and if they are found out they deny and attempt to justify (eg. Vanilla Ice). They are trying to get away with something. That is not the case here. He wants people to find the quotes. He wants them to react to it. He wants to move them to think about these issues. And so far he seems to have been fairly successful. How is that not good art?

       

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    Watchit (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 4:45pm

    Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf

    You're walking in the woods
    There's no one around and your phone is dead
    Out of the corner of your eye you spot him:
    Shia LaBeouf.

    He's following you, about 30 feet back
    He gets down on all fours and breaks into a sprint
    He's gaining on you
    Shia LaBeouf

    You're looking for you car but you're all turned around
    He's almost upon you now
    and you can see there's blood on his face
    My God, there's blood everywhere!

    Running for you life (from Shia LaBeouf)
    He's brandishing a knife (It's Shia LaBeouf)
    Lurking in the shadows
    Hollywood superstar Shia LaBeouf

    Living in the woods (Shia LaBeouf)
    Killing for sport (Shia LaBeouf)
    Eating all the bodies
    Actual cannibal Shia LaBeouf

     

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    Paul S, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 5:36pm

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    ok, so he took Clowe's idea, story, & dialogue, changed the pronouns & slapped his name on it. He might have got permission & paid for the rights, & simply made a good adaptation, but, no. That wouldn't be cutting-edge enough. To be a true artist, making an authorized adaptation just won't suffice; it doesn't have the ironic artistic integrity of passing off the story as your own, then plagiarizing your apologies after the fact. Yes, it was all a well planned out artistic statement from the brilliant mind of Sia Labeouf... The douchebaggery contained in this line of reasoning is truly exquisite. Mmmuah!

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 6:26pm

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      Yes of course if you take it at face value and don't look any deeper, it's blatant plagiarism and is despicable. He hasn't denied that it is plagiarism at all. He's simply responded with more plagiarism. A big part of a lot of art is not so much about what you are trying to say but rather how you say it. In fact many artists have had entire periods of their careers that were all about exploring "how" with no "what" whatsoever in the works (eg. Mondrian and Neoplasticism). He is obviously using plagiarism as a technique. He is turning the rules on their head deliberately and some people will get it and some won't. Just like some people get Andy Kaufman and some still don't. Personally, I had no idea he was capable of this sort of creativity.

       

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    Bob D., Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 6:11pm

    "LaBeouf initially appeared to be following the same script... tweeting out apologies, before people started realizing that the apologies themselves were "plagiarized."

    That's not the story. He seemed to legitimately try to apologise at first, and gave an apology that was a combination of his own words and an old Yahoo Answers post. In all likelihood he copied/pasted from Yahoo Answers because he didn't have the intelligence to word his own defense and the fact that he altered a few words seemed to suggest he was trying to disguise this and put it 'his own words' (as they often direct you to do in grade school English classes). AFTER this was discovered he then started posting glaringly famous apologies as his own words. It's more than reasonable to say this was an attempt to save his ass, try to suggest it was all a joke rather than him being embarrassingly empty-headed. It should tell you everything that all his 'quotes' since the Yahoo Answers discovery have been from famous people rather than random message board posts.

    I can understand having different views on quoting and plagiarism but to describe anything Shia's done here as 'brilliant' is just pure gullibility speaking.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 6:32pm

    ROFL Brilliant!

     

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    LAB (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 6:38pm

    For example, LaBeouf wrote:
    “Seemingly indifferent to the fate that awaited him – Donal Thomas continued to look obstinate in the antechamber of the execution room. A silent exchange pitted the condemned man.”

    While Duteurtre wrote:
    “Seemingly indifferent to the fate that awaited him, Désiré Johnson continued to look obstinate. In the antechamber of the execution room a silent exchange pitted the condemned man…”

    If you think this is somehow brilliant or that he was should be celebrated because his apologies for doing this were quotes from other people without using quotation marks we obviously don't agree on brilliance. I perhaps might give him more credit if he were answering interviews like this his whole career as opposed to after being shown as a plagiarist.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 6:56pm

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      Forrest and trees. Look at the bigger picture.

       

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        Bob D., Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 7:53pm

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        You're arguing as though your reaction is one come to only after great thought when it's really just the simplest and easiest response - it's the unthinking response, swallowing everything exactly as given. You haven't looked at the timeline and you haven't questioned or considered anything. You've just blindly accepted everything as given and started patting yourself on the back for 'getting' it. If part of HowardCantour.com's intended appeal is that it was plagiarised, which is your assessment, it sure is odd that Shia removed the entire website/video once the plagiarism was discovered instead of standing by the work. I'm actually curious now, what's your take on that one, goober? And what's your take on the original apology ("In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation")? When you read that, what's the thought that goes through your head before you say 'I get it!' and start giving yourself a nice pat on the back?

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 1:56am

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          Even that was taken from Yahoo so it followed the pattern.

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 8:19am

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          The easiest way to take it is to read it as traditional plagiarism, done for the reasons that most plagiarists do it. It takes a deeper thought process to use plagiarism as to turn the rules on their head and get people to think differently about things. The fact that the video was taken down really doesn't mean much as the apparent point of the film to begin with was to spark the discussion and at that point it had served it's purpose. Everything that has transpired since then is the real art being created.

           

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        LAB (profile), Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 8:00pm

        Re: Re:

        The bigger picture:


        "There is more to him than meets the eye."




        If I left the quotation marks off you would assume I came up with this.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 8:12pm

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          Riiiiiiiight.

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 9:06am

          Re: Re: Re:

          If I left the quotation marks off you would assume I came up with this.


          Except you didn't.

           

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            LAB (profile), Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 10:16am

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            Thank you for so beautifully illustrating my point.

             

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              Anonymous Coward, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 10:18am

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              What point?

               

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                LAB (profile), Jan 4th, 2014 @ 6:20am

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                I did not come up with the phrase "more than meets the eye," (obviously), nor did I come up with

                "There is more to him than meets the eye."

                This was taken from another comments section, on another web site, pertaining to the story, written by someone else. The function of the quotation marks is to signify this.

                 

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                  Anonymous Coward, Jan 4th, 2014 @ 7:00am

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                  See my previous comments. Because it is obvious, the quotes become arbitrary. Just as I did purposely when I included the quote previously about good artists vs. great artists. The quote is well known. I don't need the quotes to convey that as it is already understood.

                   

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                  Anonymous Coward, Jan 4th, 2014 @ 7:11am

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                  And of course I know what function quotation marks serve. Any person with a junior high level understanding of reading the English language does. That brings us back to the point of mastering a rule then being able to break it effectively.

                   

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                  Anonymous Coward, Jan 4th, 2014 @ 7:27am

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                  I apologize though. I actually just noticed that I misread your comment and missed the "IF" at the beginning of it. No, I wouldn't have assumed that your comment was original as like you said, it is obvious. And if you took it from another comment from another site and strictly following the rules are so important, why didn't you include attribution to the where you found it?

                   

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                    LAB (profile), Jan 4th, 2014 @ 2:33pm

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                    That brings us back to the point of mastering a rule then being able to break it effectively.

                    He has shown no mastery. The mission statement for his website was lifted verbatim from another comic book author. I find a pattern of laziness, you find it brilliant artist. He has given no credit to anyone besides himself until confronted.

                     

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                      Anonymous Coward, Jan 5th, 2014 @ 6:29am

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                      Are you saying he doesn't know how to use quotation marks? It's a pattern alright but it doesn't indicate laziness. It takes more effort to do what he's doing than it it does to speak in his own words. Read the email interview.

                       

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                      Anonymous Coward, Jan 5th, 2014 @ 10:57am

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                      And again he doesn't have to give credit to them as the point of what he is doing is to leave it for people to find the references. And to a point, he did give credit when he started issuing the "apologies." Had he denied it and claimed it was all a coincidence, then I might agree with you. But he didn't.

                       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 8:06pm

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      Then hit him with a massive penalty like John Doe on the street would have.

       

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    Stephen J. Anderson, Jan 2nd, 2014 @ 10:22pm

    Occam's razor says it's PR spin

    The problem I can see here is that there is no evidence that Labeouf ever expected to reveal or have it discovered that the work was plagiarized. Occam's Razor suggests he thought he was going to get away with it. So now, he sounds less like a bold artist defending artistic freedom to produce transformative works, and more like someone simply trying to paint himself as one. It's a brilliant piece of PR, but that's all.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 7:40am

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      People said the same sort of stuff about Warhol but history proved those people wrong. We will have to see what Shia does in the future to tell how he will be viewed.

       

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    out_of_the_blue, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 6:16am

    Once again pirate mike makes no sense, go ahead steal everything and never give anything back

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 7:34am

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      Wouldn't expect you to be one of the one's who get it (even after having it explained to you), blue. You never do.

       

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    Colin, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 7:17am

    Read the BC interview the other day, my favorite part was:

    "I never asked to be paid
    And never profited off anyone’s back"

    This just in, Hollywood: Shia Labeouf will work for free!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 10:10am

    One more note...

    Just look at all the publicity he has generated here for the original work by the original author. Now will someone please explain how Daniel Crowes is "harmed" by all of this?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 3rd, 2014 @ 2:26pm

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      "Now will someone please explain how Daniel Crowes is "harmed" by all of this?"
      The same way Stephen King would be harmed if Shia took one of his stories, filmed it without paying for the rights, and claimed it as Shia's own work, which is exactly what the a-hole did!

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jan 4th, 2014 @ 6:19am

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        And that "harm" is? Actually Crowes was much lesser known but is now much better known now. Crowes and his work have received valuable publicity that he couldn't pay for. King is already much more mainstream. So no, the "harm" to King is not the same as the "harm" to Crowes if you want to insist on using the word "harm".

         

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          Dixon Steele, Jan 5th, 2014 @ 12:59am

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          It'd be easier to buy the whole "valuable publicity" argument if the guy making it could actually get Clowes' name right.
          Or is that what makes it the kind of publicity you just can't pay for?

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Jan 5th, 2014 @ 6:19am

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            My bad. I don't know why I misread that before and never noticed my mistake.

             

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            Anonymous Coward, Jan 5th, 2014 @ 6:47am

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            Still my point is valid though. The use wasn't noticed even after months of touring the film festival circuit that is heavily attended by well respected critics and industry insiders and received much critical acclaim predominately because no one there was familiar with the original work or its author. It was only when it was released to the wider audience of the Internet that the Clowes and his work became known to them and countless others simply because of the controversy. I'd bet that Clowes has since received tons of offers since this broke from people who now want to work with him on future projects that had never heard of him before. So again I have to ask, what exactly is the way he and his work has been "harmed"?

             

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    TheHawkdaddy, Jan 15th, 2014 @ 7:28pm

    I think hes just being a dick

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 4:24am

    I think he's just being a moronic dick who is trying to come across as "I meant to do that!" when he is, still, just a fucking stealing idiot. Seriously. You celebrate this shit? You call it art? Overdose on waffles sir!

     

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    Andy's Army, Feb 13th, 2014 @ 4:54pm

    Andy Kaufman Inducted into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame

    When LaBeouf promotes #AK4WWEHOF2014 you know the likelihood of Andy Kaufman inducted into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame will increase a thousand-fold! Its always great to remember what Andy's Army does for one another! Just ask Bob Pagani and Bill Apter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8QcKwV__v8&list=PLsEdZP-CphVwVmV2uZWXeAF3pp7ZhGzsU

     

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