Shia LaBeouf Solves Plagiarism Problem With More Plagiarism


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Shia LaBeouf was accused of plagiarizing this week. Twice. The first time was for his short film HowardCantour.com, which was a blatant rip off of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novella Justin M. Damiano. The second time was for his apology, which was a rip off of a Yahoo Answer comment from four years ago.

Twice.

LaBeouf posted his film HowardCantour.com onto video this weekend. The short film was Shia’s directorial debut and he was hoping to gain some praise for his creative efforts. But before anyone could applaud, several viewers pointed out that Shia’s film was basically a word-for-word ripoff of Clowes’ novel.

Clowes publisher Fantagraphics said: “Shia LaBeouf’s new short film, HowardCantour.com, is a complete rip off of Daniel Clowes’s comic Justin M. Damiano. Every-word from the 4 page comic created by Clowes in 2006 is used in the script for LaBeouf’s directional debut.”

But Shia says that there is a thin line between plagiarism and inspiration. The actor / director said that he should have given Clowes credit for the film but insisted that he didn’t plagiarize Justin M. Damiano. In order to make his point clear, Shia seemingly stole a comment from Yahoo Answers.

yahoo answers shia labeoufLili writes: “Copying isn’t particularly creative work … Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.”

Now let’s take a look at Shia’s apology.

In all fairness, Shia did compose another five tweets that didn’t appear to be plagiarized. So, there’s that.

Congratulations, Shia, you’ve gone 200 words without copying someone.


James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.

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