The New World of Copyright?

A novel by a 17-year-old in Berlin has risen high on the best-seller list and become a finalist for a major book prize, but the author has also received scathing criticism because she lifted some passages from someone else’s book. She even admits having copied an entire page with only a few changes. Although she has apologized for not being more open about her sources, she has also defended herself as the representative of a different generation, one that freely mixes and matches from the whirring flood of information across new and old media, to create something new. "There's no such thing as originality anyway, just authenticity," she said.


"Authenticity." That's right up there with "inevitable"--it doesn't mean anything but it sounds great.

She's authentically a plagiarist. I guess that counts for something.

I assume that I can take her novel, switch pages around, add in some paragraphs from others, and publish it (without, of course, acknowledging sources)--and maybe get rewarded? After all, it would be authentic, if not original.

Plagiarism? Yes. Something where she should have sited sources left, right and center? Yes. Wrong? I don't think so. If we keep locking up information under copyright with a generation that has grown up on mash-ups, fan fiction, hip hop, and other gray area creative works all we're going to do is see more of this and i'm not sure there's a damn thing worth doing to stop it.

here is the generation that demands respect, but has no understanding of how to give it. I take your shit because I want it and then I will justify taking it. we'll see how quickly her publisher sues whoever steals her crap.

Google Books doesn't steal crap and pass it off as their own creation.

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