The eternal debate over prose authorship and proper attribution is all over the news:
- Author Rick Perlstein has been sued for alleged plagiarization in his new Reagan bio.
- Montana Senator John Walsh has dropped out of his election race for plagiarizing his Army War College masters degree final paper.
- Students using the Roget's Thesaurus app to change synonyms in plagiarized papers yield amusing results like "sinister buttocks" in place of "left behind".
- True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto has denied allegations that he stole lines of the show's iconic dialogue from author Thomas Ligotti.
- Buzzfeed defended (then fired) political editor Benny Johnson after 41 documented instances of plagiarism.
- Ashton Kutcher's viral content website, A+, in turn, has been caught plagiarizing content from Buzzfeed and Huffington Post, among others.
- Even Twitter jokes about Farmville that go viral aren't sacred.
Look, content creation is at a salary race-to-the-bottom and sparking uncomfortable questions of what it ought to be worth.
Which is why any and every allegation of stealing from other writers is worth a listen.