I really don't get why plagiarism is even a thing. I mean, I understand it on a low-stakes micro scale (idiot high school kids starting their term papers an hour before the deadline), and I suppose I get why giant corporations like Urban Outfitters feel safe stealing from powerless indie designers, but prominent artists ripping off other prominent artists? And then directing the world's attention to that thing they stole? WHYYYYYYY WOULD YOU THINK THAT WAS GOING TO WORK? The latest: Artist Dan Clowes is accusing actor/filmmaker Shia LaBeouf of lifting dialogue and plot points from Clowes's 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano for LaBeouf's new short film HowardCantour.com. The similarities seem pretty damning—particularly considering the fact that LaBeouf has spoken openly of admiring Clowes.
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