What’s “plagiarism”? It’s when you take someone else’s work and claim it’s your own. It’s basically STEALING.

Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author’s phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.

Perhaps the Russians have done the right thing, after all, in abolishing copyright. It is well known that conscious and unconscious appropriation, borrowing, adapting, plagiarizing, and plain stealing are variously, and always have been, part and parcel of the process of artistic creation. The attempt to make sense out of copyright reaches its limit in folk song. For here is the illustration par excellence of the law of Plagiarism. The folk song is, by definition and, as far as we can tell, by reality, entirely a product of plagiarism.

If you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism. If you copy from two, it’s research.



  1. Richard:

    and creativity is the ability to hide your sources.

  2. Felipe Pait:

    Not the Russians, one Russian. “Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.” Stravinsky.

    If you define precisely when quoting ends and plagiarism begins, plagiarists will find a way to plagiarize without breaking the rules. But we all know it when we see it.

  3. somebody:

    Let no one else’s work evade your eyes,
    Remember why the good Lord made your eyes,
    So don’t shade your eyes,
    But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize –
    Only be sure always to call it please ‘research’.

  4. Tanya Khovanova:


    I think we understand each other.

  5. Jenny:

    Like this?

  6. Aleksandar:

    This is really great disaster what was happened, but, by the way, I will present one another disaster story…..

    I have all evidences for my legal reasonable doubt :

    – that two mayor US film companies : 20-th CENTURY FOX and UNIVERSAL PICTURES (together with 7 other US film companies) have done pure copyright infringement and plagiarism of my registerd script MAGMA TOWN, and shot in the year 1996/1997 two movies : VOLCANO and DANTE’S PEAK, and released them in Spring 1997 and grossed till today about $520 million.

    – that based my registered script MAGMA TOWN from 1994., based of which script, Jerome Armstrong wrote his script VOLCANO, and sold it for US$500,000 to FOX 2000 PICTURES (Laura Ziskin) together with Neal H. Moritz like prospective Producer, in November 1995.

    – that screenwriter Leslie Bohem has made pure plagiarism of my registered script MAGMA TOWN, and sold his script DANTE’S PEAK to UNIVERSAL PICTURES for US $1,200,000 and also, that for me unknown screenwriter plagiated also my registered script MAGMA TOWN, and sold his script RING OF FIRE to WALT DISNEY PICTURES for US $800,000, all in Autumn of 1995. .

    I have sued all those 9 US film companies by the proper court here in my country Serbia in the year 2000., and the court case is ongoing.

    You can open 3 different websites below : from FACEBOOK, 4-th place on the list counted from the end backward, with notices about plagiarism of many high budget American films, that are shot on the basis of carried out of plagiarism right by where you can find that I am the only one writer who is two times on the lists on those websites and that > Rank 15. VOLCANO and Rank 17. DANTE’S PEAK, which were shot on the basis of my original and registered script MAGMA TOWN, on what basis plagiators/companies have grossed in my view possible about US$520 million from 1997. till today. Open websites :

    from FACEBOOK, 4-th place on the list counted from the end backwards, movies : VOLCANO. 1997 Mick Jackson / DANTE’S PEAK. 1997 Roger Donaldson, – MagmaTown (Aleksandar Skocajic script, 1994)
    If you are interested for this story, you can contact me by email, post address or phone, – all located at the end of the email below. If you are not interested for this copyright infringement story, please inform someone who might be interested.
    I look forward to hearing from you !

    Very truly yours,


    PHONE NUMBER : 011-381-11-2836-304

    Best calling about 1,00 P.M. L. A. time

    E-mail address :

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