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This was a really poignant, timely post. I laughed at the screenwriter quip and I thought 10 really nailed it. Why is Richard Prince a super star and this guy's a pariah?
Posted by leviathan on September 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM · Report this
There's nothing wrong with a remix, as long as it's done above board. Nobody is under the impression that Seth Grahame-Smith wrote Pride and Prejudice.
Posted by madcap on September 4, 2012 at 12:32 PM · Report this
@1 Thanks, dude. As for Richard Prince vs Rowan, I think @2 is right, in the sense that the way the thing is packaged makes a lot of difference. People get pissed when they feel like they've been fooled (see: James Frey--that fabrication, not plagiarism, but a similar scandal).

But I'm personally in support of remixing either way, above board or under. The internet will find out eventually anyway, and the impact can be greater when people aren't sure what's going on ahead of time.
Posted by Joseph Staten on September 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM · Report this
In addition to labeling and disclosure, there is the issue of intent. Some of us try to be original as writers, even if we do not always succeed. Others are well aware that they are recycling, as QR did, and may even try to do so creatively. I believe QR was rather creative in his remix but not very clever in his deception. How good he is as a writer in his own right remains to be seen, but he will almost certainly find it easier to succeed after his moment of infamy. As the say, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

--Larry Constantine (pen name, Lior Samson)
Posted by AKA Lior Samson on September 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM · Report this

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