On moving out east, I listened to a very interesting collection of essays that have appeared in The New Yorker by a fantastic writer named Malcolm Gladwell (author of Blink, The Tipping Point, Outliers, and the collection to which I refer, What the Dog Saw). One of the essays that particularly caught my interest shares the title of this thread: [link=http://www.gladwell.com/2004/2004_11_25_a_borrowed.html]Something Borrowed: Should a Charge of Plagiarism Ruin Your Life?[/link]. I thought it was especially interesting in its explanation of copyright laws and their limitations, as well as their potential (as I see it) relationships to fan fiction. I strongly encourage you to read the whole article, but here the main thrust of the article: What does this make you think of plagiarism? How does it change (or not change) your opinion on the subject? How does it relate to your view of fan fiction? Mostly, though, I just found this so fascinating that I wanted to share it with the community at large.