Plagiairc experiment the limit of copyrighting (copy-writing).
Plagiairc is a chat software which uses Facebook chat or Google Talk (jabber).
It creates private chat with other Facebook/Google talk contact. But the interface will not allow the speaker to express himself through a classic keyboard. Indeed, to create a new sentence, he will have to use the words of others, the specific semantics of public chat room users. He will choose « public » words from a database of 40 000 sentences (English or French) recorded on the Internet Relay Chat (I.R.C.), an Internet text messaging network mainly designed for group communication.
By selecting one by one « public » words, the talker will compose a textual patchwork where the notion of authorship has been dissolved.
Dialogue extracted from a Plagiairc chat. Sentences written by disparate authors reinterpreted by a new author.
Extract from a chat the 16th of July 2010
14:32 Author 1: you? hungry from?14:33 Author 2: i can fake many happy yearsAuthor 1: the sweet list think lol14:34 Author 2: i didn’t blamed it on a bucket of anchoviesAuthor 1: yeah walkin but back:)some difference spell Androids14:35 Author 2: i’m from the islandAuthor 1: Linux response :)) take your self nervousAuthor 2: what ? rich old ladies wants my precious14:36 Author 1: this one? live america many girl r liarAuthor 2: stop being wrong with meAuthor 1: I though I’ve heard dangerous cake14:37 Author 2: i can see her face so we will pick oneAuthor 1: you can move here enough ?14:38 Author 2: the insanity rule the worldAuthor 1: i havnt talked New York City
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Plagiairc 1.2 (Windows) (2,7 MiB)
Plagiairc 1.2 (Mac OS) (2,8 MiB)
Plagiairc 1.2 (Java) (2,8 MiB)
To use Plagiairc, you need first to install Java
FACEBOOK DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE. PLEASE USE YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT.
Neither the username or password used in order to chat with your contact list are recorded by Plagiairc.
It’s only used once to connect to Google Talk, everything else is private, nothing is recorded.
The button « use an anonymous account » doesn’t work anymore, due to restrictions imposed by Google.
Conception and realisation : Nicolas Boillot
Java programming : Jean-François Lahos
Plagiairc was created during a netart production residency in la Chambre Blanche, Quebec city, Canada within the framework of the France-Quebec exchanges program, Géographies variables.
Plagiairc cited in Chapter « épistolaire » from :
Abécédaire du Web
26 concepts pour comprendre la création sur Internet
PDF (Joanne Lalonde – 2012)
Plagiairc on Rhizome Artbase