The film and television is a massive industry. However, despite its size, larger corporations still feel to need to plagiarise from smaller, independent artists. For example, Shia LaBeouf’s short film HowardCantour.com premiered at the May 2012 Cannes Film Festival. It wasn’t until it was posted online that viewers began to notice that the film was almost an exact adaptation of a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, best known for Ghost World. Clowes told Buzzfeed “The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I’ve never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf. I’ve never even seen one of his films that I can recall — and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can’t imagine what was going through his mind.”
Another example comes from one of the largest corporations in the world, Disney. Mandeville-
So what can you do if a large corporation steals your idea? If a successful, well-
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