What plagiarism and innovation have in common

What do plagiarism and innovation have in common? Quite some.

Plagiarism is a copying of another’s IP without acknowledgment; innovation might be a copying of another’s IP, but with a poignant inspiration and tinge of creativity, not unlike a 9-year-old Estonian’s hacking into New York Times Op-Ed and “op-eding” embarrassing facts about Tom Friedman and the newspaper’s revenues.

A 17-year-old Nicholas took Google to task on its own ground and came out of it better off, earning himself the tag “next Mark Zuckerberg.” Innovation, plagiarism, or a bit of both?

Plagiarism, like innovation, can get creative in literature, at least.

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