LaBeouf could face legal action for lifting idea

LaBeouf could face legal action for lifting idea

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actor Shia LeBouf attends "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" premiere at Eccles Center Theatre during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

LOS ANGELES -- There may be legal ramifications for Shia LaBeouf after he acknowledged borrowing from another artist's work without giving proper credit.

LaBeouf debuted his short film, "Howard Cantour.com," online on Monday starring Jim Gaffigan. It examines the life of an anguished online film critic. That was also the story line of a 2007 graphic novella by artist Daniel Clowes titled "Justin M. Damiano."

Clowes declined to comment directly, but according to his publisher, Fantographics' Eric Reynolds, Clowes "is exploring his legal options."

Reynolds said Wednesday he was "baffled" by the news of LaBeouf's project, which he and Clowes got wind of on Monday.

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