A noted legal scholar and author of An Affair of State offers a lively and timely analysis of the issue of plagiarism and the theft of intellectual property in the fields of literature, music, film, art, and academia that defines the often ambiguous term and its implications for the victim, the plagiarist, and society as a whole. 50,000 first printing.
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: A concise, lively, and bracing exploration of an issue bedeviling our cultural landscapeâplagiarism in literature, academia, music, art, and filmâby one of our most influential and controversial legal scholars. Best-selling novelists J. K. Rowling and Dan Brown, popular historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Stephen Ambrose, Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, first novelist Kaavya Viswanathan: all have rightly or wrongly been accused of plagiarismâtheft of intellectual propertyâprovoking widespread media punditry. But what exactly is plagiarism? How has the meaning of this notoriously ambiguous term changed over time as a consequence of historical and cultural transformations? Is the practice on the rise, or just more easily detectable by technological advances? How does the current market for expressive goods inform our own understanding of plagiarism? Is there really such a thing as âcryptomnesia,â the unconscious, unintentional appropriation of anotherâs work? What are the mysterious motives and curious excuses of plagiarists? What forms of punishment and absolution does this âsinâ elicit? What is the good in certain types of plagiarism?
Provocative, insightful, and extraordinary for its clarity and forthrightness, The Little Book of Plagiarism
is an analytical tour de force in small, the work of âone of the top twenty legal thinkers in Americaâ (Legal Affairs
), a distinguished jurist renowned for his adventuresome intellect and daring iconoclasm.