Message - Re: JusT ReaD OncE, FoR EveryonE

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on July 24, 2003 at 06:47:10:

In Reply to:  Re: JusT ReaD OncE, FoR EveryonE posted by Richard Haut on July 24, 2003 at 06:23:29:

Shakespeare: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

No matter what one tries to call it, stealing is stealing. Failure to give credit to an author is plagiarism. Stealing someone else's design and claiming it as one's own is no different.

Taking credit for someone else's work is dishonest. Synthesizing and adapting someone else's design elements and creating a new project is an entirely different matter. Including a "Palladian Window" into your own design is not the same as building a Palladian plan that you found in an old library and claiming it as your own.

Frank LLoyd Wright was criticized for "stealing" ideas from some of his apprentices without giving them credit. Did he take ideas form others and modify or adapt them in new ways? Definitely.

Did LeCorb take ideas from others and adapt them? Certainly. This is not the same as stealing someone else's work and claiming it as your own. If you build from LeCorb's plan, then give him the credit.

To claim his work as your own is stealing. Do you want your reputation to be that of a thief or plagiarist?

A rose window by any other name would be as neat.

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