Plagarism

There’s a thoughtful Malcolm Gladwell bit on plagarism in this week’s New Yorker that takes a fresh middle ground in recent debates on intellectual property. “And, by the time ideas pass into their third and fourth lives, we lose track of where they came from, and we lose control of where they are going. The final dishonesty of the plagiarism fundamentalists is to encourage us to pretend that these chains of influence and evolution do not exist, and that a writer’s words have a virgin birth and an eternal life.”