Intentional plagiarism? Call it a remix

and acknowledge it upfront.You could win a prize for your efforts.

Article here.

In short, the book is about remixers, so it is in keeping with that theme that it should be, in part, a remix itself. Unlike those who plagiarize because they cannot think of anything original, Hegemann did so as an intentional form of art—a literary expression of the same form of creativity that caused Jonathan Coulton to mix “When I’m 64” and “25 or 6 to 4” together into “When I’m 25 or 64”.

TechDirt’s Mike Masnick celebrates the literary remix as a new art form, and compares the controversies surrounding it to the same controversies that attended other art forms that have long since become part of our culture. Masnick also notes Amazon’s page shows a lot of people who bought Ms. Hegemann’s book also bought Airen’s lesser-known one.

But that does not seem to be the sort of “borrowing” that has happened in this case, and the fact that the novel is being considered for a $20,000 prize in spite of it is proof of that.

What do you think about remixing? How carefully will we have to read a piece to recognize remixing verses plagiarism?


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