I found a plagiarizer during one of my last years teaching - a student turned in a poem that was very similar to one I'd recently read online. I did a search of the first few lines and found it. The mother, however, was horrified and upset - with me. (Mind you, I'm the science teacher, not the English teacher and I still found it.) She told me the girl only 'borrowed' a few lines, then 'changed the order of the words' in the rest. (The mother was also a teacher.)
Many 'well-educated' adults have no idea what plagiarism really is.
Heh, on the flip-side, I remember writing a poem at school, then translating it into French. When the teacher marked it, she refused to believe I had written it, and accused me of plagiarism.
Oh whoops, I missed that.
But wait -- what is the movie people are referring to?
I wonder if the Romance genre is more prone to this, since there are just so many books there's a good chance of staying undetected for a while. How many undetected plagiarists are there out there? Are the ones who've been caught only the tip of the iceberg?
Well, all things considered, the argument is that it IS being back in fandom again, no? Just with the serial numbers filed off?