1. Creator artist on the left, Forger on the right. Forger makes a rookie mistake: displays his ‘works’ alongside the originals, even arranged in the same pattern. Why cats? Joe Martin really likes drawing cats (with hands, whenever possible).

  2. A review note on Frye, which begins (as is becoming de rig) by unattributed quotation of a couple paragraphs of the paper.


    Oscar Wilde: “That was an awfully good joke you made last night. I wish I could say it was mine.
    James Whistler: “You will my boy. You will.”
    Melvin Helitzer: One day Milton Berle and Henny Youngman were listening to Joey Bishop tell a particularly funny gag. “Gee, I wish I said that,” Berle whispered. “Don’t worry, Milton, [said Henny,] you will.”

  3. https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2019/12/06/essay-plagiarism

    In academia,” writes Agnes Callard, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago, in an essay at The Point magazine’s website, “the immorality of plagiarism is one of the few principles everyone converges on. Many of us are prepared to debate the fine points of questions such as ‘Under what circumstances it is okay to torture someone?’, but only against a background of unquestioned agreement that representing other peoples’ ideas or phrasings as your own is, always and forever, evil.” Commit that sin, she says, and the full force of academe’s power to discipline and punish will come down on you.


    Callard argues — in tandem with Brian L. Frye’s recent “Plagiarize This Paper” — that the fierce moralism is in large part a reaction to a lack of legal sanction against plagiarism. Reproducing a copyrighted text without the author’s permission violates copyright law. Doing so while replacing the author’s name with your own is definitely plagiarism. But these are different offenses, and only the violation of property rights counts as illegal.
    Cribbing someone’s ideas, turns of phrase and bibliographical citations for your own use without attributing them is plagiarism, as well. The plagiarized author may well feel indignant at losing (as Callard says) “respect, gratitude, admiration, eternal life in historical memory” and other such nonmonetizable values. But the violation is: (a) harder to prove and (b) not a matter for the courts. It is unfair but not illegal.

  4. It’s the first rung because before copying Rembrandt (high art), he copies some anonymous woman’s paintings of cats, the lowest level of art.

  5. All this talk about plagiarism reminds of this quote:

    “The problem with quotes on the internet is that so many of them are not genuine.”
    — Abraham Lincoln

  6. “I wish I hadn’t said that.”
    “You did, Oscar, you did.”
    — Monty Python of course

  7. Why is Artist Stage Right wearing robes? Is he supposed to be doing historical recreation as a monk or something? That isn’t any traditional artist’s garb from any era, as far as I can remember.

  8. I thought it was a woman, and they were both at art fairs. And who is to say which is the original artist and which is the forger.

  9. This is my all-time favorite Internet quote because at least once a year somebody posts it on Facebook and it gets thousands of likes, and nobody ever questions whether it’s genuine.

  10. Note that Joe Martin recently ended his Cats With Hands strip. “Best of” Sundays might still run in some papers, and he’s rerunning old dailies on his website, but putting lots of cats into a Mr. Boffo panel is just his outlet for the urge to draw cats.

  11. For years I assumed Shaw said, “The hack borrows; the artist steals.” Turns out he didn’t.

    Still go to Martin’s website to read Boffo and Willie ‘n Ethel. The archives go back over ten years if you’re in a certain mood.

  12. We make and sell handcrafted items. In our earlier years it was intended to make money to buy a house – ha ha. Still were doing so until 2009 and by then we were trying to make money to add to my income as Robert had quit his job. (Now on Etsy – ha ha – it has gone downhill so much since going public – little is actually hand crafted.)

    We would do a show – which was one of the higher end of the shows we did – and all the shows we did, we had to be juried to be accepted. (Had to send photos to show our work and have the work approved.)

    Among other things Robert was making “sock banks”. He would cut out ball shapes with a slot in the middle and paint with various sport ball designs (baseball, soccer, American football…). We had the same space every year. The same person set up across from us every year. If we sold 6 of the banks at a show it was a lot. One year we are setting up and this person across from us has copies of the banks! They had not even had the decency to buy one from us to copy! Robert threatened to sue them and they took them down. It is bad enough to copy someone else’s work (and yes the are marked TM and copyright) but to then set up in the same booth across from the person one has copies from that is always across from you – is real chutzpah!! (His new work is higher end – he is hand weaving on a floor standing loom and on a box/tape loom.)

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