A thief copies, a genius steals, kids know the difference by age five

Friday, 24 September, 2010

Children seem to have developed an understanding of plagiarism, or the stealing of ideas from others, by around age five.

By age five to six, children showed less liking for characters who copied and rated them as “more bad”. Crucially, they gave copying as their justification for these negative appraisals. “These results demonstrate a relatively sophisticated understanding of ideas as early as age five years,” the researchers said.

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Kindle book bootlegging doesn’t bother Stephen King

Wednesday, 13 May, 2009

Concerns that e-book readers such as Amazon’s Kindle will lead to an increase in book piracy, or bootlegging, don’t seem to bother Stephen King a great deal:

“The question is, how much time and energy do I want to spend chasing these guys,” Stephen King wrote in an e-mail message. “And to what end? My sense is that most of them live in basements floored with carpeting remnants, living on Funions and discount beer.”

Via Daring Fireball.

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