The Chronicle‘s blogging features editor is all riled up today on the subject of intellectual thieves (and for the record, this sort of thing riles us up too):
But see, when I steal, I footnote. Kids today! They think the whole world is out there for them to sample. Intellectual property is soooo over.
Just ask the smart-aleck kid from Harvard (eccchhh!) who got the big book contract. Well, duh, I could have gotten a book contract at 19, too, if I’d decided to steal somebody else’s entire oeuvre.
Some newspapers don’t really mind if featured veteran columnists borrow the work of others without proper attribution (and then offer a lame non-apology after getting caught).