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Plagiarism?

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Plagiarism?

Post by Misfit » Wed February 1st, 2012, 12:32 pm

Thought this might be of interest.
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Post by fljustice » Wed February 1st, 2012, 3:50 pm

Very interesting. I heard this story on NPR a couple of days ago. Amazon has done a lousy job of culling the scammers who rip off public domain stuff and plagiarize others.
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Post by LoveHistory » Wed February 1st, 2012, 9:14 pm

I'm happy to say I'm not involved in this movement in the self-pub industry.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed February 1st, 2012, 9:26 pm

Um, ethics and erotica do not have a high correlation coefficient. Just in case anyone was really, really puzzled about the genre in which all this cheating is happening.

Sort of like expecting drug dealers to pay income tax.

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Post by Misfit » Sun February 12th, 2012, 9:21 pm

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Post by LoveHistory » Mon February 13th, 2012, 2:06 am

The audacity! Not even changing any of the names or places. That's just lazy.

I guess the self-pubs of the world need to do things like set Google Alerts for our characters' names so we can find out about this stuff.

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Post by fljustice » Mon February 13th, 2012, 11:10 pm

[quote=""LoveHistory""]I guess the self-pubs of the world need to do things like set Google Alerts for our characters' names so we can find out about this stuff.[/quote]

I highly recommend Google Alerts! Not only to sniff out plagiarists, but also find reviews or comments the author might not be aware of. Caught a couple that way.
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Post by Divia » Mon February 13th, 2012, 11:23 pm

Hmm. Do you think this would work for my teachers when they search students papers?
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Post by Misfit » Sat February 25th, 2012, 3:11 pm

Another dust up and the author finally fesses upat Dear Author.

ETA, more over at Smart Bitches. I see a familiar name getting a thumbs up for Google sleuthing.
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Post by EC2 » Sat February 25th, 2012, 5:15 pm

Yes, I went on the hunt for plagiarized works after Liz Fielding posted on Twitter and to the UK's RNA list about her work being stolen. She was stoical but pretty upset. I know Liz Fielding well and she's lovely and unpretentious and has long worked as a Mills & Boon author for her day job. I went for a little trawl around, taking excerpt's from Ms. Manning's work online and testing it in Google where it quickly showed up matches to several other M&B authors with nothing changed but the characters' names. I took screenshots. The plagiarist has apologised to Liz and the other authors. Whether or not Harlequin will sue I don't know.
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