Plagiarism is plagiarism. Editorial cartoons should apply if it was intentional.

Posted on December 9, 2011


The Poynter Institute published an interesting article after two incidents (one confirmed and one alleged) involving editorial cartoonists copying content and visuals from other publications. These recent occurrences have led the board of directors at Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) to review their guidelines and determine what plagiarism is exactly when it comes to cartoonists in the media. It’s probably much easier to recognize plagiarism in the written word. If it’s word-for-word, it’s plagiarism, right? However, when discussing art, it might be somewhat more difficult to determine if plagiarism is at hand. The real key should be whether the alleged plagiarism was intentional or not. That may be difficult to discern in these cases.

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