Australian House of Representatives leader Anthony Albanese was just busted lifting lines from the 1995 film The American President, written by Aaron Sorkin, in a speech to the National Press Club of Australia.
Here is the part of Albanese’s speech in question:
“In Australia we have serious challenges to solve and we need serious people to solve them. Unfortunately, Tony Abbott is not the least bit interested in fixing anything. He is only interested in two things: making Australians afraid of it and telling them who’s to blame for it.”
And here’s are Sorkin’s lines delivered by Michael Douglas in the film:
“We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it.”
Seems pretty cut and dry. Of all the places to give a plagiarized speech, a banquet hall full of journalists seems like it should probably be pretty far down the list.
THR Esquire’s Eriq Gardner writes that it’s unlikely Albanese will face any kind of copyright infringement suit from Hollywood. “[T]he speech was hardly a commercial endeavor and it’s possible that the appropriation was merely de minimis under Australian law.”