Dylan’s 2001 album “Love and Theft,” for instance, takes its name from Eric Lott’s nonfiction history of minstrelsy and includes lines from the Japanese novelist Junichi Saga. His 2004 memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, apparently lifted passages from Jack London, among others. And, after all, he began his career covering blues songs — some of which he later copyrighted.

“He’s crazy-making on the intellectual property front,” Dettmar said.