I may have received the ultimate accolade: I have been plagiarized by a Harvard graduate. This is not the first time that I have been an inadvertent muse. I have even found myself published by an Australian ad agency. (There was a minimal translation of changing all my vowels to a.) But to have inspired a Harvard man…I certainly don’t need a Pulitzer now. My Ivy Leech is a self-help guru who decided to help himself to my work.
Unfortunately, I cannot give you all the details because lawyers may be involved. I will say this, however: Harvard arrogance is indistinguishable from elementary stupidity. With the slightest precaution, he could have protected himself from any charges of plagiarism or copyright violations. He merely had to write something like “Eugene Finerman once wrote….” That simple acknowledgement would have given him the license to expropriate any and all of my research as well as several hundred words of text.
I know a professor whose lectures were plagiarized by a teaching assistant. The professor wanted to sue and was shocked to learn that the felonious assistant had deftly protected himself. In his book of purloined lectures, the author’s acknowledgements included a thanks to the professor. What a courteous and legally immunizing way to say “SUCKER!”
And let’s not forget the historic significance of this day: http://finermanworks.com/your_rda_of_irony/2009/05/29/memorial-day-1453-2/