Illegitimacy of Plagiarism Norms 2: The New Batch

4 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2021

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Brian L. Frye

University of Kentucky - College of Law; Dogecoin DAO Legal Scholarship Page; Rug Radio DAO Grifting Division

Date Written: March 24, 2021


In 2020, I paid Alvin Emoodo of $100 to ghostwrite a law review article for me titled “Illegitimacy of Plagiarism Norms.” Emoodo wrote a 10 page article for me in about 3 days. As far as I can tell, the article argues that plagiarism norms are legitimate. Undeterred by this deviation from my request, I posted the article to SSRN under my own name.

On March 24, 2021, I discovered the website, which uses an algorithm to automatically generate articles on any topic. It even adds citations! I bought a subscription, and asked EssayBot to generate an article titled “Illegitimacy of Plagiarism Norms 2: The New Batch.”

EssayBot appears to work by using the title you provide as keywords to search the internet for potentially relevant paragraphs. I helped “write” the article by selecting from among the paragraphs EssayBot suggested. EssayBot then helped me avoid plagiarism detectors like Turnitin by automatically rephrasing the paragraph. EssayBot cautioned me that rephrasing is more of an art than a science. But I am a risk-taker, so I didn’t worry about it. I found it especially amusing that EssayBot rephrased “plagiarism” as “writing.”

Anyway, here is the article. Best $3 I ever spent.

Keywords: conceptual art, art, plagiarism, copyright, artificial intelligence, machine learning, trolling

Suggested Citation

Frye, Brian L., Illegitimacy of Plagiarism Norms 2: The New Batch (March 24, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

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