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Rich Johnston Lectures Shia LaBeouf on Plagiarism

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Rain Partier

Postby LOLtron » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:52 am

Rich Johnston Lectures Shia LaBeouf on Plagiarism

It's not plagiarism. It's "repurposing."

Source: Bleeding Cool

Shia LaBeouf's weird performance art continued this weekend, with the actor apologizing to Daniel Clowes for stealing his story by writing "I'm Sorry, Daniel Clowes" in the sky. Because the situation had to get more absurd somehow, Bleeding Cool rumormonger Rich Johnston "just remembered" he had LaBeouf's email address, so he contacted him and engaged the troubled actor in waxing philosophical. The result is a bizarre conversation that you can read in full here. Here's a taste:

RJ: Well, Warhol said art is what you can get away with. Gaugin went for “Art is either plagiarism or revolution”. Do you believe that opportunity is still valid, or is it all about plagiarism now?

As for “it wants to be fee” – is that a Freudian slip? Information may want to be free. But should the author be able to demand a fee?

SL: Authorship is censorship
Should God sue me if I paint a river?
Should we give people the death sentence for parking violations-
You’ll not only have less parking violations but less DRIVERS.

RJ: Jung said the only way to achieve true selfhood is to create what no one but you could possibly create and all the other stories are just guides to get us there.

I think God’s rights to rivers have entered into public domain now.

I don’t believe that parking violations deserve the death sentence. However fines are meant to be paid. If you park on someone else’s driveway, you should probably ask permission first. And hotwiring someone else’s car and taking it for a spin, is also frowned upon.

SL: The word law is against my principles.
The problem begins with the legal fact that authorship is inextricably
bound up in the idea of ownership and the idea of language as
Intellectual property. Language and ideas flow freely between people
Despite the law. It’s not plagiarism in the digital age – it’s repurposing.
Copyright law has to give up on its obsession with “the copy”
The law should not regulate “copy’s” or “reproductions” on there own.
It should instead regulate uses – like public distributions of copyrighted work -
That connect directly to the economic incentive copyright law was intended to foster.
The author was the person who had been authorized by the state to print there work.
They were the ones to be held accountable for the ideas.
Simple – should creation have to check with a lawyer?


Fascinating stuff. On the one hand, we have Shia LaBeouf claiming that his plagiarism is really a fight for freedom, while on the other hand, we have Rich Johnston trying to convince people that he quotes philosophers in casual conversation. Boys, you're both pretty, okay?

We're sure this isn't the last we've seen of LaBeouf, but, on the bright side, he's probably damaged his reputation enough that it'll be a while before he ruins any more of our favorite childhood franchises.

Written or Contributed by Jude Terror

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The Goddamn Bat-min

Postby nietoperz » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:57 am

Holy shit, but LeBeouf is an ass.
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Richard Johnston


Postby Richard Johnston » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:25 am

He started it.
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Supersoldier Washout

WTF is this rank?

Postby Supersoldier Washout » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:36 am

Still thinking it's some kind of performance piece, huh?

Dude is a rip-off artist who has gotten caught. Now he's trying to make himself the hero and victim of this story. I don't think this is over yet and when it does end, it won't be pretty.
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Outhouse Drafter

Postby outsider » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:39 am

Hilarity abounds and chaos reigns! :lol: :smt026
*cue the fox*
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Outhouse Editor

Postby SuperginraiX » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:46 am

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#1,984 on Deathstroke's Hit List

Postby Scintillant-H » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:51 am

Damn, he sounds like an art thief on dA--not joking.
They all do that "Now he's trying to make himself the hero and victim of this story" thing. :smt011
But, then again, they're all bullies, and that's what bullies do, more or less.

In the end, it's all about cowardice.
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Postby Draco x » Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:14 pm

nietoperz wrote:Holy shit, but LeBeouf is an ass.

Couldn't have put it better.
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Draco x

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Postby Draco x » Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:16 pm

It's sad that Shia had such a promising career but he screwed himself over by making some stupid decisions that has put him in has-been corner where he is still stuck.
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Postby Grayson » Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:50 pm

Bond Hengbu

Postby Bond Hengbu » Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:02 pm

by writing "I'm Sorry, Daniel Clowes" in the sky

I hope they banged.
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Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:46 am

Does Johnston ever comment on LaBeouf's poor grammar?
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Postby GHERU » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:04 am

thefourthman wrote:Does Johnston ever comment on LaBeouf's poor grammar?

that'd be like me commenting on someones spelling
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Postby thefourthman » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:47 am

GHERU wrote:that'd be like me commenting on someones spelling

Some one needs to tell the Stevens boy that there and their are two different words...

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