For sure and I don’t believe I did. Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right.
“Legality, alone, cannot be the talisman of moral people” (Walter Williams)
Re the Tesla example I don’t think anyone reasonably thinks that Elon is in a factory all by himself doing everything.
People may however reasonably think that someone has written a CV or book that’s under their name unless they are told otherwise.
Isn’t this why there is a difference between biographies and auto biographies and why it is typically acknowledged on the cover- to make the creative source clear? To be fair to the reader?
Similarly, an author doesn’t typically create the printing press the book was made on, but few would think they had because this would not be reasonable.
Or, if I go to a restaurant and order broccoli it’s reasonable to think they haven’t grown the vegetable themselves, but to me it’s also reasonable to think that they have cooked it themselves and not ordered it from another restaurant on uber eats and plated them to give the reasonable impression they did.
I keep using the word ‘reasonable’ because that is a metric under the law (at least in the U.K. and the US):
“The reasonable person is a hypothetical person used as a legal standard to determine whether the conduct of the parties in a case was proper in the circumstances. … It is the standard of conduct adopted by persons of ordinary intelligence and prudence.”
So in short I hypothesise that a reasonable person won’t think that Elon does everything, but a reasonable person would think he’d have written the book entitled ‘Elon’s story, my biography, written by Elon Musk’. They would not think the same of ‘Elon’s story, my autobiography, written by Elon Musk & X author’.
Like i said, I’m not criticising anyone, everyone faces ethical conundrums in their work, just curious if, when and where people drew their own lines.