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Rand Paul Plagiarizes, So What?

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Everyone’s in a tizzy about Rand Paul’s cut-and-paste problem, the most recent example of which was reported yesterday. But is it really that big of a deal? At least one victim of the long lost Sticky Bandit doesn’t seem to mind. Dan Stewart, at The Week, whose writing on mandatory sentencing was lifted and included in Paul’s infamous Washington Time‘s column, has an interesting take:

I’m indifferent to being plagiarized because today’s media environment has changed what it means to have ownership of a piece of writing. Once your words are published online, they become part of the currency of the internet. They can be freely woven into others’ articles, quoted at length, or tweeted without context. None of us can afford to be that sensitive about how others use or abuse our work.

Of course, not everyone shares his view. The Washington Times has announced that it is nixing Paul’s weekly column.

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