Forget Plagiarism: Preserve Is So Badly Written It's Insulting

Earlier this week, Blake Lively's Preserve posted an ode to the antebellum Southern belle, worthy of a teen circa 1915 who just loved all the pretty dresses in Birth of a Nation. Turns out part of the paean looks a lot like an article from We checked the rest of the site and found another damning… » 10/16/14 2:30pm 10/16/14 2:30pm

A College Freshman Turned in My Blog Post as His Homework

A student at a major university was asked to write an essay on pop culture and image. What this student did, instead, was copy and paste a blog post that I wrote and slap his name on it. » 11/07/13 2:20pm 11/07/13 2:20pm

Rachel Maddow Basically Tells Rand Paul to Fucking Grow Up Already

Last night on her show, Rachel Maddow addressed Rand Paul's comments from over the weekend when the Senator, while talking to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week, expressed a desire to duel Maddow over her recent claims that Paul plagiarized large parts of his books and speeches from Wikipedia and other sources.… » 11/05/13 12:00pm 11/05/13 12:00pm

Jane Goodall’s New Book Is a Little Bit Plagiarized

Jane Goodall, the woman all budding biologists probably want to be when they grow up until they realize how thoroughly gross and terrifying it would be to actually live with apes, is releasing a new book next month about plants. Before you get too excited and stake out camping spot in front of your favorite failing… » 3/20/13 12:00pm 3/20/13 12:00pm

Shia LaBeouf's Apology Email to Alec Baldwin Was Plagiarized From …

Oh, Shia. Remember how cute and promising you were back when you were playing little Louis Stevens? What does Disney do to you people? (By the way, I saw the girl who played Ren in a coffee shop one time and it seems like she's doing fine. Do you talk? Maybe you should talk.) » 2/21/13 12:40pm 2/21/13 12:40pm

Tami Taylor Confirms That Women of Friday Night Lights Would Hate Mitt…

Connie Britton, who Friday Night Lights fans will know forever and ever and ever as Tami Taylor, has caught wind of the gross co-opting of the phrase "Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose." by Mitt Romney's kleptomarketing squadron. And she's got some strong words for Romney: the women of Dillon, Texas would find Mr.… » 10/29/12 11:35am 10/29/12 11:35am

Plagiarism Is Like Rainbow Parties: All The Kids Are Doing It

The book world's latest teen plagiarist is German author/playwright/screenwriter Helene Hegemann, whose lifting of work by other authors is apparently just what kids are doing these days. » 2/12/10 4:20pm 2/12/10 4:20pm

A New Literary Crime: "Psychological Plagiarism"

French author Camille Laurens is accusing another writer of "psychological plagiarism" for supposedly retelling the story of Laurens's son's death. Reading the "plagiarized" work, Laurens says, "I had the feeling that it had been written in my bedroom." [] » 1/11/10 6:30pm 1/11/10 6:30pm

Did Twilight Writer Plagiarize Her Fourth Book?

Author Jordan Scott claims Stephenie Meyer copied scenes from Scott's The Nocturne in Twilight installment Breaking Dawn. Alleged similarities, however, include "a post-wedding sex scene," which Meyer may actually have plagiarized from the lives of millions of newlyweds. [TMZ] » 8/04/09 10:40am 8/04/09 10:40am