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  1. #1
    Brandon H.
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    The Line Between Inspiration and Plagiarism.

    Just a friendly discussion here about something I was thinking about the other day.

    The majority of stories derive something from other stories it seems, whether it be themes, elements, or even characters (i.e. nothing too new under the sun). One may be inspired by one story or one picked up somewhere from a variety of media sources, and write another with some similarities, but your own scenes, characters, and touches, as well as personal expansions.

    So where, in your opinion, does the line between inspiration and plagiarism end? Or is plagiarism simply a strict stealing of specifically named characters or text written and owned by another person?



  2. #2
    Gary Kessler
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    Re: The Line Between Inspiration and Plagiarism.

    Plagiarism sets in with the piecemeal (or near piecemeal) reuse of material (usually large segments of it) already published without quotes and full attribution as well as the piecemeal (or near piecemeal) reuse of thoeries and formulas (not just mathematical, but complex explanations for historical events, etc.) without attribution and presenting it as the new author's own work.

    Identifying it as such is determined in the specific case. It's fairly easy on the level of selling term papers on the Internet, but gets more complex in areas like historical studies, where it's possible that an author has read so much that he/she hasn't kept track of what pops into their head as something they've just pieced together or something they read twenty books ago.

  3. #3
    Charlie Kay
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    Re: The Line Between Inspiration and Plagiarism.

    "Bad artists copy. Great artists steal." -- Pablo Picasso

  4. #4
    Gibby
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    Re: The Line Between Inspiration and Plagiarism.

    I thought that was good artist copy, great ones steal.

  5. #5
    Nick Dobbie
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    Re: The Line Between Inspiration and Plagiarism.

    "Put both the eyes on the same side of the head." -- Pablo Picasso.

  6. #6
    charlie k
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    Re: The Line Between Inspiration and Plagiarism.

    lol

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