Shia LaBeouf recently apologized for plagiarizing in his short film, “HowardCantour.com”, by plagiarizing a Yahoo Answers post, according to a Dec 17 report in Huffington Post. The short film, which was released on the internet on Monday, lifted entire passages of dialogue from a comic called, “Justin M. Damiano” by artist, Daniel Clowes.
Shia LaBeouf’s short film, “HowardCantour.com”, first premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, but no one noticed the obvious plagiarism until it was released on Monday to the internet. The video has since added a password requirement to view it.
Daniel Clowes told BuzzFeed that he has never even seen one of Shia LaBeouf’s films, and he has never met Shia in real life. Clowes stated that he was shocked that Shia would lift entire chunks from the script of the comic.
The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I've never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf … I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work," Clowes told BuzzFeed.
Later, Shia LaBeouf went on his Twitter to post a series of strange tweets to apologize for his behavior. His last tweet was found out to have a similarity to a Yahoo Answers post, possibility found in Shia’s Google search after this scandal blew up.
Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work,” Shia LaBeouf tweeted as an apology.
This is the original Yahoo Answers post:
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 revolutionize the ‘stolen’ concept,” wrote the Yahoo user, Lili.
BuzzFeed has reported that Daniel Clowes is, in fact, taking Shia LaBeouf to court over the egregious plagiarism in the actor’s short film.
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