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Kiwi Writer Plagiarized by Lianne Spiderbaby ‘Kind of Flattered’

There’s still no official public word from Lianne MacDougall, a.k.a. Lianne Spiderbaby, the Canadian-born, U.S.-residing Web writer caught up in a film-review serial plagiarism scandal.

But in the meantime, there’s this: an interview with another one of her victims, New Zealand writer Richard Scheib. He publishes reviews at moria.co.nz and told Fairfax NZ News about his reaction when he discovered she had filched from his Popcorn critique:

“I was kind of flattered and realized that some relatively high-profile names were reading my material. I wasn’t outraged. I felt sad for her that she has to go to those lengths,” he said. “Karma has come back to bite her arse. It would be nice if there was an apology.”

Actually, karma has not quite yet taken the full bite. In fact, some are speculating that once this all dies down, and MacDougall’s St. Martin’s Press book about grindhouse cinema comes out, the infamy will actually help book sales. Unless of course the publishing house pulls the plug on the project.

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