Posted: 5:03 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
Did Shia LaBeouf use someone else’s work to apologize for plagiarizing another person’s work?
The 27-year-old actor wrote a half-hearted apology to writer Daniel Clowes Tuesday morning for using his 2007 novella Justin M. Damiano - in some places word for word – as the basis of a short film Shia made.
But astute internet sleuths found that the wording of his apology – in parts word for word - can be found on yahoo! answers page.
“Merely copying isn’t particularly creative work, though it’s useful as training and practice. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work, and it may even revolutionalize the “stolen” concept.” wrote user Lilli four years ago on yahoo! answers.
Shia wrote: “Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.”
And the original question on yahoo! answers? “Why did Picasso say “good artists copy but great artists steal”?”
Coincidence or did he cut and paste his apology?