August 10th, 2006

Scott X3

Beyond Plagiarism: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

I’m following some of the meta about plagiarism and fanfic and it’s sparking some other ideas for me. I’d like to talk about inspiration rather than about plagiarism, about how ideas get originated by one person and spread throughout a fandom in an organic – and, to me, really delightful - way. But first I think I do have to say a little about plagiarism to get that part out of the way.

To me, the issue of what is plagiarism is pretty clear, even in fanfic. I feel like I know what is off limits in my view of fandom and I have good boundaries. Plagiarism is using someone else’s words and passing them off as one’s own.
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I’d love to hear from anyone who reads this:

- What concepts do you think you’ve originated in fanfic?
- Which ones do you know where you got them from?
- Which just kind of is out there – not in canon but in so much fanfic that no one knows where it started?

Oh, I will get back to Gay Parenting 101. I’ve got one more legal post to do, and then one on choosing a school supportive of gay families.