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What Good is Plagium?

Plagium is a new web service that tracks “Plagiarisms” using the Yahoo! Search API.  I tried Plagium this morning and I was disappointed in its lack of helpful returns and I was disappointed because I always love catching content thieves.  

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The International Orphan Myth

Most of us believe there are basketsful of orphaned babies the world over just waiting for an international adoption.  The truth is more sullied and brutal than that ideal.  The international children being adopted already have parents and they are being sold to the highest bidder.

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A Bush in the Head is Worse than Two in the Grave

Just when we think we’ve buried both atrocious Bush presidencies forever, the old man rises up from the grave to proclaim the ascent of the second son as the rightful heir to a doomed legacy. Bush 41 — not yet embarrassed enough by the deadly antics of Bush 43 — wants a Bush 45:  Jeb Bush.

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The Integrity of the Provenance of Ideas: Archimedes and His Burning Mirror

In this fine illustration of Archimedes and his Burning Mirror by Giulio Parigi (1599), we have a perfect and clear example of how plagiarism operates — and no one escapes this theft of the provenance of ideas able-bodied and unscorched:  The sun is the original source, the mirror is the plagiarizer and the burning ship is the aftereffect of the illicit deed after a burning exposure.

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The Invented Line Between Stealing and Inspiration

The false charges against Barack Obama from the Clinton campaign claiming plagiarism is laughable on the surface and ridiculous in the depths.

The bane of plagiarism, however, is a serious matter and it deserves more discovery and I will more formally address that topic in a future article.

Plagiarism — taking someone else’s ideas and claiming them as your own — is an issue to some in the theatre.  I argue the distinction is meaningless because in a live performance the difference between stealing and inspiration is ever-changing.

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ESSpa KOZMETIKA SKINCARE Steals GO INSIDE Magazine Content

ESSpa KOZMETIKA SKINCARE lifted giant chunks of quotes from a GO INSIDE Magazine review Janna Sweenie and I wrote together on Karin Herzog skincare. 

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