Dave Astor on Editorial Cartoons And Plagiarism In The Age Of The Internet
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has republished with permission a long piece by Editor and Publisher's Dave Astor on the subject of editorial cartoon plagiarism given the digital avenues for doing so embodied by the Internet. It's a good piece, mostly because Astor explores a lot of reasoning that doesn't match up with the obvious answer of "Yes! Of course it does!" Among those observations are that the Internet helps catch plagiarists and a fascinating piece of analysis that the broad type of cartooning needed to keep jobs and hit supplementary markets in particular drive cartoonists to the center, and with everyone at the center, more copying via group-think becomes likely.