we asked experts

How Ads Get Away with *Almost* Plagiarising Existing Music

After the recent Jase Harley-Childish Gambino controversy, we asked industry experts where the line falls between imitation and inspiration.
Hattie Long
Australia Today

Damien Hirst's New Paintings Look a Lot Like Aboriginal Desert Art

Artists from Utopia claim his new series bares striking similarities to the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Katherine Gillespie
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Trump's National Security Comms Pick Is Accused of Serial Plagiarism

Conservative author and commentator Monica Crowley reportedly copied large portions of her 2012 book and parts of her PhD dissertation.
Lauren Messman

Is Celebrity Photographer Tyler Shields Inspired, Or Copying Other Artists?

He might be the photographic equivalent of the Fat Jew.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete

This Year (Thus Far) in Art Plagiarism

The past few months have been chock-full of accusations. Is copying on the rise, or are we just becoming more aware of what we've already seen?
Andrew Nunes

College Instructors Share Their Worst Stories of Students Screwing Up

From obvious plagiarism to whiny undergrads to dudes who stand in the middle of the classroom yo-yoing while high.
VICE Staff
Thinkpieces And Shit

Blurred Laws: In Defense of Pastiche and Robin Thicke

The Gaye estate won a $7.3 million copyright case against the writers of "Blurred Lines," but if the case forms a legal precedent for any stylistic pastiche, then everyone’s in trouble.
Al Shipley
Woah, Dude!

Did Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" Rip off a 90s Hungarian Folk Song?

A Hungarian folk singer called Mitsou has started pointing fingers at Bey and Hov for plagiarism.
Joe Zadeh
The Do It Well and Leave Something Witchy Issue

BBQ TitMasters

For years I've wanted to make a barbecue-themed porn flick, and now Joanna Angel has completely ripped me off. This blatant plagiarism will not stand!
Chris Nieratko

Kenneth Goldsmith Printed Out 33 GB Of The Internet In Support of Aaron Swartz

A brief rundown on one of the most interesting art pranksters on the web.
Mike Sugarman

Everyone Is a Plagiarist

In the face of all the recent discussion about plagiarism, I’ve been constantly thinking about inspiration, where anything comes from. It’s hard not to feel constantly affected by everything that surrounds us. After driving through Atlanta traffic, for...
Blake Butler
the vice reader

Now That Dave Eggers Has Been Accused of Plagiarism, We Finally Have Something in Common

Authors accusing and being accused of plagiarism is nothing new, and to the world outside of publishing, it’s a minor scandal. There’s nothing Miley about a white nerd calling out another white nerd.
Shane Jones