After coming under fire for plagiarizing someone else’s work, Shia LaBeouf has issued an apology, which has come under fire for plagiarism.
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The 27-year-old started a firestorm after releasing his short film, HowardCantour.com online, which people were quick to point out had startling similarities to Daniel Clowes' comic Justin M. Damiano—he’s since removed the film from the internet.
“Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work,” LaBeouf wrote on Twitter, as way of apology.
“In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation…
“I’m embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration ... I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it.
“I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work.”
Fair enough, right?
Well, no, not really.
“Merely copying isn’t particularly creative work, though it’s useful as training and practice. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work, and it may even revolutionalize [sic] the ‘stolen’ concept,” ‘Lili’ wrote.
Given the circumstances, perhaps the last part of Shia’s apology puts it best:
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