Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism – What is Plagiarism?

Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

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Helene Hegemann in Berlin.

BERLIN — It usually takes an author decades to win fawning reviews, march up the best-seller list and become a finalist for a major book prize. Helene Hegemann, just 17, did it with her first book, all in the space of a few weeks, and despite a savaging from critics over plagiarism.

Is plagiarism being reconsidered? Great, now what I’m I going to lecture on? 😉

Really, though, this is a fine line. If you are using something that I wrote, I want credit. I don’t think that is too much to ask. In a work of fiction, how about asking me for permission? In an academic work, cite me.

This is a slippery slope. I hope that this is not the future.

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