So I was thinking about writers who willingly do ghostwriting work for ‘authors’ who then take all the byline credit without acknowledging others involved in the process. Take for example, writing a book.
Then I wondered about the definition of plagiarism, the ‘taking of someone else’s work and passing it off as one’s own’ and how this transaction gets around the label of being a form of plagiarism.
Is it because both parties have an agreement/exchange (i.e. the writer gets paid) that the ‘author’ can freely claim a work as his/her own without course? Or does the ghostwriting situation usually involve the ‘author’s’ input or something else that merits this designation?
I’ve seen lots of books, many by celebrities, who have a writer write their book (because the celeb is better at celebritying than writing) and is credited with something like:
by Famous Person with Good Writer
In this case it’s clear what is going on. Ghostwriting is different.
Dishonesty? Plagiarism? A sanctioned agreement in the publishing world?
And would the response be different if the ‘author’ was a terrible writer who couldn’t write their way out of a paper bag?