Bob Dylan And Plagiarism
July 10, 2003 6:46 AM   Subscribe

So That's Why It's Called Love... And Theft: if plagiarism, even more than imitation, is the sincerest form of flattery and great artists steal while minor artists merely borrow, then thievin' Bob Dylan is a great artist who obviously loves Japanese author Junichi Saga. Who wins my Gentleman's Lifetime Award for Being Big About Things. So I guess the question is: when is unacknowledged plagiarism acceptable? When it's Art? Isn't there something slightly elitist and incoherent about this? Are double standards at work?
posted by MiguelCardoso (20 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Miguel totally copied an old post



 
Did you plaigarise this post?
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 6:47 AM on July 10, 2003


Yes, I did. It just goes to show most plagiarism is unconscious.

*gets his coat*
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:50 AM on July 10, 2003


Pay attention at the back there, Cardoso.
posted by Joeforking at 6:53 AM on July 10, 2003


This is why Miguel is glad most of us can't read Portuguese.

/piling on
posted by yhbc at 6:53 AM on July 10, 2003


Did you plaigarise this post?

*snicker*
posted by dgaicun at 7:05 AM on July 10, 2003


This is one of the funniest things I've seen on MeFi in a long time.
posted by Ufez Jones at 7:06 AM on July 10, 2003


that's exactly the problem, ufez
posted by matteo at 7:14 AM on July 10, 2003


Wait... this is a story about a prominent prolific member of his respective field believed to have written that which has been written before?

If it's any consolation, everyone here has probably written something Miguel's already written merely by sheer process of elimination. ;)
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:26 AM on July 10, 2003


yeah, matteo, there was some double-entendre there. ntm some Schadenfruede.
posted by Ufez Jones at 7:27 AM on July 10, 2003


Wow. So it's come to this. Say it ain't so, Migs!
posted by soyjoy at 7:31 AM on July 10, 2003


As Mr. Saga, I will say that I expect no remuneration from Miguel for his appropriation of my obscure post. In fact, I appreciate the exposure!

As myself, if this thread gets more comments than my original, I'm going to take my own life.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:37 AM on July 10, 2003


Listen up:
"Why would I sue? To take something that made people around the world happy and try to exploit it for money - that's poverty," he said.

Many people could learn a thing or two from this.
posted by Fabulon7 at 7:37 AM on July 10, 2003


If it's any consolation, everyone here has probably written something Miguel's already written merely by sheer process of elimination. ;)

*pictures a million MCs at a million typewriters, shudders*
posted by gottabefunky at 7:43 AM on July 10, 2003


the irony, excellent, now miguel you didn't do this on purpose?
posted by johnnyboy at 7:47 AM on July 10, 2003


Combined with yesterday's cricket-izer, I think MC is in a slump.
posted by norm at 7:51 AM on July 10, 2003


Having been sued by Bob Dylan for my work on the programming language Dylan (Dynamic language), I find this highly ironic. Perhaps he will learn something from Mr. Saga's generosity. Back in 1994 he couldn't fathom that anyone could hear the word "Dylan" without immediately having the positive associations of his sweet self. The judge in the case asked Mr. Zimmerman's lawyer whether the fact that his (the judge's) grandson was named "Dylan" was potentially difficult. Apple still settled out of court for unnecessarily compromised terms.
posted by alms at 8:19 AM on July 10, 2003


Well, that's an interesting tidbit, alms.

stupidsexyFlanders--No-o-o-! Don't do it!

Change that to gets more links than your original.
Then I can feel that, at least, I have done my part to spare your life.
posted by y2karl at 10:13 AM on July 10, 2003


If it's any consolation, everyone here has probably written something Miguel's already written merely by sheer process of elimination. ;)

And yet no one here has bothered to realize or note that Cardoso is idiomatic Portuguese for the sound of a thousand monkeys typing?
posted by y2karl at 10:49 AM on July 10, 2003


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posted by 111 at 11:44 AM on July 10, 2003


Parabola Paratroopers is the record of the year. Your magazine sucks.

pure comedy gold
posted by shadow45 at 9:15 PM on July 10, 2003


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