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If you're plagiarizing a spy novel, pick someone other than James Bond

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Small Town Guy, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Seems like it'd be obvious. If you're writing movie reviews, don't plagiarize Ebert. Writing sonnets? Avoid copying Shakespeare. People notice those things.

    And if you're writing a debut spy novel and you're determined to plagiarize, don't steal from a James Bond novel.


    To be fair, the author, Q.R. Markham, whose real name is Quentin Rowan, took from other books too - at least 13 other novels. But the book's just been released and people have only started investigating so by the time it's over there might be passages that first appeared in books by le Carre, and Tom Clancy.

    Publishers Weekly reviewed the book:

  2. westcoastvol

    westcoastvol Active Member

    There are three companies/franchises that are litigious to the point of wtf insanity and you'll save yourself a lot of trouble by not going anywhere near them:

    Life Savers
    James Bond
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