Posted by stevemosby on December 16th, 2011
And so it comes to this – enormous, rigorous facepalming, basically – regarding Lenore Hart’s blatant plagiarism and St Martin’s Press’s continued la-la-la-I-can’t-hear-you response to it.
It’s annoying, because it seems so inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. But it does matter, in its own small way. I’m someone who makes their living from writing, and it fucking pisses me off no end that a major publishing house – the kind of company I occasionally waste my time arguing remains worthwhile and relevant in the digital age – appears perfectly and cynically happy to profit from material they must know full well is plagiarised for as long as they can get away with it.
You assume they’d be unhappy if you suggested pirating their material – derr derr derrrrrrrr! – but, as things stand, they certainly wouldn’t have any moral high ground to argue that from. Unless, I suppose, their argument was that profiting from stolen material is acceptable so long as the victim of the theft is dead.
If you’ve been following it, you know the details. The latest is that Jeremy Duns has some comments from Lawrence Block here. The posts below that one explain the background, and I suppose you can read them and judge for yourself how warranted my frustration and annoyance is.
Although that’s obviously no reason not to make them.