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I've been plagiarised! - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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I've been plagiarised!
I've always been under the impression that I wasn't likely to get plagiarised because my style is so distinctive that nobody would dare.

I was wrong. mommanerd found that her story "Stay Away From Randy" was appearing on a blog credited to "Spikes Fics" and posted about it. I took a look at the site, spotted a couple of things that I recognised as being well-known stories but that I couldn't immediately put an author to, and made a comment. amybnnyc then spotted "Sunnydale Passions" there and replied to my comment to inform me. I went back, found it at http://www.bloopdiary.com/viewentry.php?id=43796&num=50 - my first chapter, complete and unaltered, simply copied out with "Spike Fics" showing as the author. The author's notes were copied, too, except that the reference to the story being inspired by a comment on rahirah's LiveJournal was changed to replace rahirah with a generic "A friend" and the "LiveJournal comment" replaced with "I was having a conversation".

There is a Warning inserted - full of spelling mistakes and capitalisation errors!

A moment later I found my drabble "Prophecy Guy" at http://www.bloopdiary.com/viewentry.php?id=43796&num=51

They're not easy to spot, actually; for some reason those entries, and other items around the same time, use black text on a black background and I had to Select All to be able to see and read them. Presumably because they were copied and pasted from somewhere using black text and the thief forgot to change the text colour.

This site/blog, http://www.bloopdiary.com/viewfront.php?id=43796 , appears to be full of plagiarised fics stolen from numerous authors and icons by Mr Monkeybottoms that I strongly suspect were taken without permission. Maybe even hotlinked.

I've tried to e-mail this "Spike Fics", who also seems to use the name "SpikesBaby", but the blog is built so that only members who have logged in can send e-mails. I have, therefore, put up demands in her/his comments that the fics be removed.

I'll take it to stop_plagiarism if nothing happens as a result of that.

Why the F*** do people do that sort of thing? What's the point of getting praise and feedback for something that you didn't do?

Oh well, back to my Xander in Africa story - I haven't got time for this shit right now.

ETA: I've just found enigmatic_blue's "All My Heart This Night Rejoicing" there at http://www.bloopdiary.com/viewentry.php?id=43796&num=13 To add insult to injury, there is an "Author's Note" at the end of the first chapter saying "So what ya guys think??? Want more of this story or no?"

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hollydb From: hollydb Date: January 16th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I won't pretend to understand plagiarists, though I wonder if they do what they do for the thrill of doing something "wrong" rather than the thrill of reviews.

Doesn't excuse the fact that they're sucky bastard people, though.

*hugs*
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

I just don't understand plagiarists at all. Hoiw can they get pleasure out of good reviews when all they've done is just copied and pasted? If they're going to fool themselves that the reviews are really for them, why not just look at the reviews at the original source and fool themselves there?

The 'thrill of doing something wrong' theory is as good as any other, I suppose, but it's a pretty pathetic way of doing something wrong. About as gutless as it comes.
From: redwulf50 Date: January 16th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Dude

I just went there and I don't know if its just my comp or not but he/she/it seems to have taken it down.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dude

No, they're still there. But they are in black text on a black background and you have to Select All to be able to read them.
alwaysjbj From: alwaysjbj Date: January 16th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm in the middle of compiling a list of my fics that have been used and am taking screencaps too. I will then be reporting to stop_plagiarism.

Oh and she/he also seems to use the name Spikes Obsession.
mommanerd From: mommanerd Date: January 16th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Great detective work. So far I haven't been able to find any other aliases for her.
julia_here From: julia_here Date: January 16th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
This seems to be a particularly brain-free specimen of the genus Plagiarus; stealing from people with well-developed styles and established readership is... words fail me.

Julia, dim, this person, no doubt
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
(S)he did get away with it for a very long time.
nandibble From: nandibble Date: January 16th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Dear Speaker-to-Customers, I'm sorry you've had this unpleasant discovery. I hope the stolen items are removed forthwith: they never should have been displayed in the first place under spurious authorship.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. Yes, it's the spurious authorship that gets to me. If this person had posted my stories at that site with my name left on them I'd have regarded it as no more than bad manners and I would have just sent a message of 'next time please ask'.

Replacing my name with his/hers makes me want to break arms.
kantayra From: kantayra Date: January 16th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Grrrrr... Urge to murder rising...

And I seriously have never understood it. Doesn't praise for someone else's accomplishments just feel shallow? What on earth is wrong with these people?! Grrrr... Argh...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you know that the hug of a giant anteater is fatal to humans (I found that out on TV the night before last).

I'd like to arrange for an anteater to hug the person who did this.

Doesn't praise for someone else's accomplishments just feel shallow?</>

The CEOs of many major companies bask in praise for the achievements of their staff when most times the company's profits would have been at least as high if the CEO had been replaced with a cardboard cutout with a motivational buzz-phrase on a speech bubble pasted to the cut-out's mouth.
opalescence From: opalescence Date: January 16th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really sorry to read that you're going through this, as well. I hope it gets resolved quickly.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: January 16th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
That's just-- well, "Bizarre" comes to mind. I don't get where the plagairists are coming from. What possible enjoyment could you get from posting someone else's stories as your own? And why on earth post black on black? If you hadn't mentioned it, i wouldn't even have realized it was there!

Anyway sorry you have to deal with this crap, and looking forward to the Xander story!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
What possible enjoyment could you get from posting someone else's stories as your own?

That what's always puzzled me. Why don't they choke on the positive feedback? They must know that it's not for them but for me, and mommanerd, and alwaysjbj, and myfeetshowit, and so on. Why not just cut out the middleman and go to the LJ comments or the Reviews page at ff.net or The Sandlot or whatever, copy and paste the feedback to their own computer, substitute their names for the real authors' there, and sit and gloat over it in the privacy of their own homes?
ljs From: ljs Date: January 16th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope restitution is made.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
missmurchison From: missmurchison Date: January 16th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry. I just notified three more authors that their fics were taken. It appears nothing on that pitiful site is original. Monkey's laughed it off, bless her, but you shoul definitely make screencaps and report it to stop_plagiarism. (Also, the pics aren't hotlinked, so we can't have the real owners take them down or change them.)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
janedavitt From: janedavitt Date: January 16th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
It's just a sucky, irritating, deeply stupid thing to do. Utterly pathetic.

::kicks them hard::

Sorry you've both had to deal with this.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Pathetic is exactly the word for it. Also delusional.

Thank you.
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: January 16th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Has anyone complained to this TMI company that is identified as the hoster on the bottom of the home page for this bloopdiary thing? If it's set up so that only members can contact each other, sending complaints to the host might get some action.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
How do we stand legally considering that it's fanfic? Does Joss' advice to viewers that we should fill the void created by the cancellation of Buffy by writing fanfic really give us a leg to stand on?

My own disclaimer was dictated to me by Eden Studios, licensed producers of the Buffy Roleplaying Game, and they told me that it did cover me for posting Buffy-based material, but it had to be in a specific format and nobody else uses that format.

We are in a vulnerable position as making waves outside actual fandom circles could attract the attention of Fox and UPM etc and jeopardise our own activities.
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ladycat713 From: ladycat713 Date: January 16th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I was just about to post about the enigmaticblues story. I can't believe the gall of this person. If there was a way to comment to the comments on lj I would direct them to the real autors site.

I saw a ficlet that familiar but I didn't remember the autor and I saw the title Shadows of the past and I don't know Kur's work well enough to recognize it on sight but that's probably who it was stole from.

What is this person? Some kind of praise junkie?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

What is this person? Some kind of praise junkie?

But the praise isn't for him/her, and surely (s)he must realise that unless (s)he is deeply delusional. I just don't understand.
kallysten From: kallysten Date: January 16th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
some people's stupidity is baffling
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Indeed it is.
magista From: magista Date: January 16th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe the cheek of some people. I'm so sorry that you have to deal with this crap.

I never thought I'd be able to find a good side to my writer's block...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 16th, 2006 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
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