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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:07 PM
Oh, I saw that. Wow, did they really think no one would notice?
I can't understand such behavior. If something I put out wasn't my work, I would be ashamed. What would be the point, other than to make $$?
Heaven knows, most of us don't write just for the money!
Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:07 PM
This mess is spreading like wildfire! Read about that yesterday & seems today there's more fallout. Apparently Amazon's sending out refund for cost of book purchases. I was > after reading that post yesterday.
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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:30 PM
It's all about the money. NA romances are selling mega hot at the moment, we are talking thousands of dollars a week.
Easy money if you can take a couple of best sellers, slam them together, list for a few weeks and then disappear and do it all over again.
Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:14 AM
It makes me so sad when people do this - especially when it's someone whose work you liked... http://www.guardian....ism-jungle-book
I think the saddest part of that particular story is this quote: "In fact, it is extremely possible that I have helped myself promiscuously but at present cannot remember from whose stories I have stolen."
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Posted 02 July 2013 - 01:31 PM
I the oddest piece of this is that both books are up as Kindle books. I thought I read that Amazon was taking steps to prevent this kind of plagiarism. Certainly they own enough computing power to perform some block searches of the work they publish to determine if there are significant duplications. Not to do so is a great disservice to the legitimate authors they do publish. One might wish to hold them responsible for supporting the fraud.
Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:02 PM
Plagiarism is a serious problem at all levels of the writing industry. I recently called out a columnist for our local newspaper when she plagiarized parts of an article from the Internet. The article had been widely circulated on places like FB and Twitter, so I was shocked to see her use sections of it in her column without any attribution or proper citation. She simply included the passages and made it look like it was her own work.
So I called her on it publicly in the comments section of the paper, placing examples from her column side by side with the original passages. The result? Two readers backed me up, saying they thought she should set a better example as a professional writer. Another half dozen people wrote in and complained that I was being mean to her, that she never asked for a critique. Her response: "I used multiple sources and since this is common knowledge, it's logical that my writing would be similar to other published works."
It wasn't common knowledge, though, not according to standard definitions of the term. How many people know the exact signs of silent drowning? Yet, the article she plagiarized from appeared just one week before her column was published. I must have seen it linked and posted at least 20 times during that week.
I despise plagiarism. It's stealing. Plain and simple.
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