"It's Britney, b*tch"... or is it? Plagiarism, also known as copycat syndrome, has been easier to do since the early 1990s, thanks to the creation of the Internet, but it is also harder to get away with these days, thanks... well, thanks again to the Internet. Whether it is writers stealing work from other writers or journalists fabricating whole events and sources, the proof can always be found in the pudding, or perhaps more likely, in the Wikipedia search. In other cases, most people can remember where they read an idea first, especially when they were the ones to have written it.
But why create your own art or speech when you just can remake or reuse someone else's? Can you really blame a Utah schoolmarm for trying to riddle published Christian romances with porn? And why not use inspirational passages from other politicians in your platform? It worked for them, right?What we can learn from our political candidates and mega pop stars with sticky fingers is not only that there will there be another job, but that talk is cheap and lawyer bills are not. Get ready to get out your extinguisher — because pants will be on fire — as you read through the 15 most offensive cases of high profile plagiarism below.
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H. Gilbert Welch, a Health Policy Expert At Dartmouth