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Dan Clowes Pursuing Legal Options Against Shia LaBeouf's Plagiarism

Dan Clowes Pursuing Legal Options Against Shia LaBeouf's Plagiarism

As Daniel Clowes decides to explore his legal options dealing with Shia LaBeouf's theft of his work, more possible plagiarism comes to light.



Source: BuzzFeed

Daniel Clowes intends to pursue his legal options regarding Shia LaBeouf’s Plagiarism
 

“His apology is a non-apology, absolving himself of the fact that he actively misled, at best, and lied, at worst, about the genesis of the film,” Clowes’ editor wrote to BuzzFeed.  "No one ‘assumes’ authorship for no reason. He implied authorship in the film credits itself, and has gone even further in interviews. He clearly doesn’t get it, and that’s disturbing. I’m not sure if it’s more disturbing that he plagiarized, or that he could rationalize it enough to think it was OK and that he might actually get away with it. Fame clearly breeds a false sense of security.”


Shia did offer an apology after the incident was revealed, although his apology was also somewhat copied from a Yahoo Answers post.  He took to twitter again to offer continuing apologies on the matter, which interestingly enough seem to all be lifted as well.



With all of this, Shia's other work has fallen under scrutiny and BuzzFeed uncovered several other incidents of copying, in addition to the work from Daniel Clowes:

In his book Let’s Fucking Party, LaBeouf borrows heavily from Bukowski.

LaBeouf wrote:

“Poets don’t anger anyone. Poets don’t gamble. Here, they don’t assassinate poets. Here, they don’t notice them.”

Bukowski wrote:

“in america the poets never anger anybody.
the poets don’t gamble.

their poetry has the smell of clinics
their poetry has the smell of clinics
where people die rather than live.

here they don’t assassinate poets

they don’t even notice the poets.”


LaBeouf’s comic Stale N Mate contains lifted and massaged passages from a novel by French writer Benoît Duteurtre.

For example, LaBeouf wrote:

“Seemingly indifferent to the fate that awaited him – Donal Thomas continued to look obstinate in the antechamber of the execution room. A silent exchange pitted the condemned man.”

While Duteurtre wrote:

“Seemingly indifferent to the fate that awaited him, Désiré Johnson continued to look obstinate. In the antechamber of the execution room a silent exchange pitted the condemned man…”


Check out the article on BuzzFeed for many more examples.

 





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