Jim Jarmusch is a famous thief, who doesn't care whose career he tanks, as long as he can steal a good idea from them...the littler the victim, the better. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13050005/from/RSS/ (If fact, it was probably this incident that prompted Jarmusch's quote on why stealing is awesome, what he didn't mention was the ten years of (now wasted) effort that the guy from whom he stole put in trying to get his stolen screenplay made: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/03/arts/03iht-broken.2107556.html?_r=1) It's not that surprising that Jarmusch defends thievery, because he's a scumbag. He's a good director, but that and scumbag are not mutually exclusive. See, e.g. Roman Polanski.