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Trump Jr.'s Plagiarism Tweet Causes a Ruckus

Later suggests accusation against Obama was tongue-in-cheek

(Newser) - There's a new plagiarism kerfuffle making the rounds in political circles, but this one is a little strange. It begins with this tweet from Donald Trump Jr.: "I'm honored that POTUS would plagiarize a line from my speech last week. Where's the outrage?" He was referring... More »

2 People Surprised at Melania Speech: Original Writers

Matthew Scully, John McConnell's draft was gutted after they submitted it

(Newser) - With the Trump campaign still stinging from allegations that Melania Trump cribbed from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech, various news outlets are beginning to piece together how the gaffe happened. At this point, one thing is clear: You can't blame the original speechwriters. As ABC News reports, the Trump... More »

Trump Campaign: What Plagiarism?

'These were common words and values'

(Newser) - All the buzz Tuesday morning about Melania Trump plagiarizing a speech by Michelle Obama is "just really absurd." At least that's the stance the Trump campaign is taking after a controversial night at the RNC. She wouldn't "do something like that knowing how scrutinized her... More »

Melania's Speech Looks to Have Plagiarized One by Michelle Obama

Parts of her RNC address match 2008 DNC speech word for word

(Newser) - In what could turn into a PR disaster for the Republican National Convention, parts of Melania Trump's Monday night speech appear to have been lifted from the speech Michelle Obama delivered on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Journalist Jarrett Hill was the first to... More »

Harper's Makes 1st Retraction in 165 Years

Magazine makes big step over old piece by disgraced Stephen Glass

(Newser) - Disgraced journalist Stephen Glass continues trying to make up for past transgressions, most recently to Harper's Magazine. Although much of the hullabaloo in the 1990s originally focused on Glass' work for the New Republic—a majority of which he completely made up, per the Washington Post —it's... More »

Judge 'Plagiarizes' Taylor Swift in Taylor Swift Plagiarism Ruling

You could have been getting down to this sick judicial ruling

(Newser) - If a judge is a big enough Taylor Swift fan to repeatedly quote her lyrics within a ruling, should they not be required to recuse themselves from any case involving the pop star? That's the legal conundrum we're left with after judge Gail Standish used references to at... More »

Shia LaBeouf's Newest Plagiarism Accuser: '90s Rap Group

Anomolies MC doesn't appreciate actor's viral freestyle-rap video

(Newser) - Stop us if you've heard this one before , but Shia LaBeouf has been accused of plagiarism : The actor turned up on YouTube over the weekend in a video since gone viral that shows him, sans shirt, freestyle rapping. But as relaxed and spontaneous as LaBeouf seemed, a "self-described... More »

Man Accused of Plotting Wife's Murder Stole Eulogy

Chris Panayioutou, alleged hitmen arrested in South Africa

(Newser) - Plagiarizing a eulogy is one thing. Plagiarizing a eulogy at the funeral of the wife you're suspected of plotting to kill is plainly quite another. Schoolteacher Jayde Panayiotou, 28, was kidnapped outside her home in Uitenhage, South Africa, on April 21 as she waited for a ride to work... More »

Democratic Senator Accused of Plagiarism

Montana's John Walsh lifted thesis material, says New York Times

(Newser) - It's bad news for Democrats in general and worse news for one Democrat in particular: The New York Times is out with a detailed report alleging plagiarism on the part of Montana Sen. John Walsh. It's not pretty: The report shows that about 25% of Walsh's 2007... More »

Led Zeppelin Hit With 'Stairway' Plagiarism Suit

Former tour mate says intro was stolen

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" is some of the greatest eight minutes in rock history. But one lawyer thinks history should be rewritten. Rolling Stone reports that a reissue of the album Led Zeppelin IV could be delayed because of a plagiarism suit. It was filed by a... More »

Paul Ryan's CPAC Speech Swiped Plot From Book

He says Wisconsin official 'improperly sourced' it

(Newser) - How do you make cutting funding to school lunches sound heartwarming? Paul Ryan seemed to pull off the feat yesterday in his CPAC speech, by telling the story he said Eloise Anderson—Scott Walker's Secretary of Children and Families—had related to him, about a poor boy who received... More »

At Last, an Original LaBeouf Apology ... Via Skywriting


(Newser) - Shia LaBeouf's apology tour has taken to the skies. Yesterday, the actor commissioned a skywriter to write "I am sorry Daniel Clowes" in the skies over Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter , which has a photo. Clowes is the graphic novelist whose comic LaBeouf is accused of... More »

Shia LaBeouf Still Plagiarizing Apologies

And other stuff, too, allegedly

(Newser) - Shia LaBeouf is either engaging in some sort of grand "performance art" experiment, or he has a disorder that causes him to rampantly plagiarize. The latest incidents, pointed out by Jesse David Fox on Vulture , are two more apologies LaBeouf tweeted (one yesterday and one the day before ),... More »

Shia LaBeouf Plagiarizes Apology ... for Plagiarizing

Time to start using your own words, buddy

(Newser) - Well, this is awkward: Shia LaBeouf posted a short film online yesterday after debuting it at Cannes last year, BuzzFeed noticed it seemed awfully similar to a 2007 Daniel Clowes comic ... and then LaBeouf apologized for the similarity, and BuzzFeed noticed that parts of his apology sounded awfully similar to... More »

Rand Paul to Use Footnotes, so 'Leave Me the Hell Alone'

Move comes as senator loses 'Washington Times' column

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul yesterday offered a solution to his plagiarism problem : "What we are going to do from here forward, if it will make people leave me the hell alone, is we're going to do (written material) like college papers," he tells the New York Times . "... More »

Rand Paul on Plagiarism: 'If Dueling Were Legal...'

Then presumably this wouldn't end well for 'haters'

(Newser) - Rand Paul has had quite enough of the "hacks and haters" stirred up about where his speeches come from , and Politico reports that he'd like to settle it like gentlemen of yore: "I take it as an insult, and I will not lie down and say people... More »

Rand Paul Rips Off Wikipedia

Rachel Maddow catches the plagiarism

(Newser) - If you already thought it was weird that Rand Paul went on a rant about eugenics during a speech in Virginia yesterday, well, the story just got even weirder. Rachel Maddow pointed out last night that parts of the speech were lifted from Wikipedia, Mediaite reports. Specifically, the Wikipedia entry... More »

Kipling Letter: I Stole Parts of Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling letter set for auction

(Newser) - A letter from 1895 is raising new questions about the tales of Mowgli and friends. Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling wrote to an unknown recipient regarding the Law of the Jungle, a portion of the book: "A little of it is bodily taken from (Southern) Eskimo rules for the... More »

Jane Goodall Borrowed Text From Wikipedia

Author apologizes for verbatim passages in new book

(Newser) - Renowned chimp expert Jane Goodall took some passages in her upcoming co-written book almost directly from a range of Internet sources, including Wikipedia, the Washington Post reports. The author has apologized for the unattributed text. "I am distressed to discover that some of the excellent and valuable sources were... More »

PhD Stripped From German Education Minister

Annette Schavan plagiarized 30-year-old thesis: university

(Newser) - Irony alert: Germany's minister of education just lost her doctorate. The University of Düsseldorf has stripped Annette Schavan of her PhD, it announced yesterday, because she carried out "a deliberate deception through plagiarism." An anonymous blogger last year accused Schavan of plagiarizing sections of her thesis... More »

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