• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Young literary star Hegemann counters plagiarism claim

DDP/DPA/The Local · 9 Feb 2010, 15:34

Published: 09 Feb 2010 15:34 GMT+01:00

The 17-year-old shooting star of the German literary scene admitted she had taken “in total, about a page” from the underground author Airen’s novel ''Strobo,'' but insisted she had not stolen the material but rather simply neglected to properly acknowledge it.

“I myself don’t feel it is stealing, because I put all the material into a completely different and unique context and from the outset consistently promoted the fact that none of that is actually by me,” Hegemann told the daily Berliner Morgenpost.

The creation of her novel had to do with her “displacement of this whole copyright excess through the laws on copying and transforming,” she said.

For the first edition, she had not “fully understood” the process for acknowledging borrowed material and this had been changed for the second edition.

In early February, blogger Deef Pirmasens highlighted parallel passages in Hegemann’s novel and ''Strobo.''

The book's publisher, Berlin-based Sukultur, announced Tuesday it wanted an amicable settlement.

“We have no interest in bad-mouthing the book by Hegemann. It is a good book – that is not what this is about,” said Frank Maleu, head of Sukultur. “But when you take things from others, you have to name your sources and at least ask beforehand.”

The author Airen, who was born in Bavaria in 1981, did not want to get involved publicly or have his named used, Maleu said. He was checking how much Hegemann had taken from his own book and previous blog entries.

“We hope that we would get a clarification this week,” Maleu said.

Ullstein, the publisher of ''Axolotl Roadkill,'' has announced it is seeking a settlement with Sukultur to get permission for further printing.

Story continues below…

Before publishing “Axolotl Roadkill” the precocious Hegemann also wrote a play, “Ariel 15,” which debuted in Berlin in 2007, and a screenplay for the film “Torpedo,” which showed in German cinemas in the summer of 2009.

Her most recent work is told from the perspective of a 16-year-old Berlin girl following the death of her mother. The girl, Mifti, and her wealthy friends lose themselves in the city’s drug-infused club scene, questioning their parents’ failure to care for themselves and their children.

DDP/DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

20:45 February 9, 2010 by OldNSlow
Interesting. No one noticed that Axolotl was a term first mentioned in Frank Herbert's Dune series? Clones, or gholas, were grown in axolotl tanks. Guess that doesn't count.
10:27 February 10, 2010 by Portnoy
New to the literary idea, old? Where do you think she got the word? Why do you think she used it? Allusion, maybe? That's not copying. Literature is all about using loaded words. When you use hundreds in the exact same sequence someone else did, then you're plagiarizing.
14:27 February 12, 2010 by papercranes
Actually, she probably got the word 'axolotl' from the species of salamander. The same place Frank Herbert got it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axolotl
16:03 February 13, 2010 by lordwilliams629
The beauty of the net, you know I have to even admit I palgiarized in college once or twice when was fighting for time in getting things done, of course I never wrote books.
20:33 February 13, 2010 by esbrown
I read in the New York times:

"Although Ms. Hegemann has apologized for not being more open about her sources, she has also defended herself as the representative of a different generation, one that freely mixes and matches from the whirring flood of information across new and old media, to create something new."

That is exactly what is wrong about our generation. Because of the internet we're lowering the integrity of writing/journalism because we're simply "mixing and matching." It doesn't matter what it is-it's still plagiarism.
06:15 February 19, 2010 by threepounduniverse
They should sue the toddler and have her read a little about copyright law, intellectual property law and the text of a typical compelling document she'll no doubt be reading soon... by being legally served at the behest of someone with the b*lls (or ovaries) to stand up for every artist's right to have their work universally protected from thieving idiots like Hegemann... and after enduring the reading of 'her' work, such as it is, the jury would probably find that as well as being guilty of artistic theft that her writing s*cks, too. To say that he's a 'writer' is a s daft as saying that a house painter is Picasso- just because a monkey can put a pen to paper doesn't mean he's capable of writing.
Today's headlines
Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
File photo: DPA

When a man swimming naked in a Bavarian lake felt a strange pain in his nether regions, he looked up to see a fisherman on the shore. "Don’t pull!" he shouted.

Study finds rival Rhineland beers 'actually taste the same'
Left: Altbier. Right: Kölsch. Or can you even tell? Photos: DPA.

Cologne and Düsseldorf have a long established rivalry, not least over who has the better home brew. So the results of a new study might be more than they can swallow.

Eastern Europe pushes Germany for joint EU army
Angela Merkel (l), Beata Szydlo and Victor Orban. Photo: DPA

Eastern EU countries on Friday pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe's post-Brexit future.

Merkel’s party mate wants to get rid of all Karl Marx streets
Karl Marx and one of the roadways in Berlin named for him. Photos: Wikimedia Commons, Nicor

Hundreds of streets are named after the founder of communism, but this conservative politician wants to give Marx the boot.

State elections
6 reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
Photo: DPA

With state elections around the corner, The Local looks at the poor side of Germany's "poor but sexy" capital city.

Upstarts RB Leipzig plan to go right to top of Bundesliga
RB Leipzig players celebrate scoring against Dynamo Dresden. Photo: DPA

RB Leipzig make their Bundesliga debut on Sunday, but the East German outfit, sponsored by energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull, are already far from popular in Germany's top-flight.

Poland criticizes Germany’s 'self-serving' foreign policy
Witold Waszczykowski. Photo: DPA

The Polish foreign minister has said that Germany all too often follows its own interests at the expense of its partners, as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to visit Warsaw.

Vast majority of Germans in favour of burqa ban: poll
Women wearing niqab veils in Saudi Arabia. Photo: DPA.

A survey found that the vast majority of respondents were in favour of Germany passing a ban on the full-body veil sometimes worn by Muslim women.

Czech police detain driver for harassing Merkel's motorcade
Angela Merkel. File photo: DPA

Czech police arrested a man on Thursday for attempting to drive into the motorcade of visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Prague, they said.

Teacher convicted for holding kids back after class
Photo: DPA

A music teacher from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has been found guilty of "holding people against their will" after he made some naughty stay kids back after class.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Gallery
Germany's 17 Olympic gold medals in pictures
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Culture
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Rhineland
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Culture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Lifestyle
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
14 facts you never knew about the Brandenburg Gate
Society
Ten times Germans proved they really, really love beer
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
Lifestyle
What's on in Germany: events for August 2016
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
National
Six things you need to know when moving to Germany
Travel
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
International
German scientists prove birds can sleep while flying
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Technology
London v. Berlin: Which is better for startups?
Lifestyle
13 mortifying mistakes German learners always make
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Travel
Enter if you dare: Berlin's best abandoned haunts
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Lifestyle
10 rookie errors all Brits make when they arrive in Germany
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
National
How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Technology
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Travel
Six soothing day trips to escape the bustle of Berlin
International
'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'
Features
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Features
How two gay dads cut through German red tape to start a family
8,546
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd