Friday, October 14, 2016

Bob Dylan, the Nobel, and plagiarism

Back in September 2012, IPBiz posted on the Dylan/Timrod plagiarism controversy: Dylan: Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff.

Four years later, Dylan has the Nobel in literature and some people are still bringing up Timrod:
Five Things to Know About Bob Dylan

Creative Loafing Atlanta had a piece subtitled -- "Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king." — Bob Dylan, "Sweatheart Like You" --, which included the text:

The topic has been covered extensively in the press over the last decade with publications ranging from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal debating Dylan's legacy. Apparently, it's a thin line between being dismissed as a culture vulture and hailed as a master synthesizer in the tradition of folk and blues greats and being Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.


In a world in which someone caught plagiarizing in law school becomes Vice-President, not really a surprise.


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