Shia LaBeouf Makes Sky-Writing Plagiarism Apology
Transformers star is accused of ripping off comics writer in new film...
The new year is traditionally the time to turn over a new leaf, but unfortunately it looks like the feud between Shia LaBeouf and comic book writer Dan Clowes is simmering on.
In the latest twist, Shia sent up a sky-writing airplane on New Year’s Day to write “I am sorry Daniel Clowes” below the clouds.
Posting a picture of the scene to Twitter, LaBeouf added: “CLOUD: - vapor floating in the atmosphere - remote servers used to SHARE DATA - to make LESS CLEAR or TRANSPARENT.”
The dispute between the actor and the comic book writer kicked off last month when Shia released his short film, HowardCantour.com. Shia wrote and directed the 11-minute short about an internet film critic, which first premiered in Cannes last year.
Apparently, however, the film was a rip-off of Clowes’ 2007 comic book, called Justin M. Damiano. The first Clowes knew of the short was when someone sent him a link to it after it was released online in December.
In response to the accusation, Shia began tweeting apologies ripped from other people's notorious apologies, including Tiger Woods’, Kanye West’s and Mark Zuckerberg.
Yesterday he spoke to Bleeding Cool about the controversy, saying: “The word ‘law’ is against my principles.”
“Language and ideas flow freely between people despite the law. It’s not plagiarism in the digital age – it’s repurposing.”
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