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From:marie_paris
Date:November 5th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)

plagiarism

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Three words: Class action suit!!

I have wanted to be a published writer all of my life.
During my first years of using livejournal, over half a decade ago, I naively would share personal writing, (with rights info stated clearly). Still it was livejournal, not a website, publication, etc.
I was very popular back then online, I 'managed' and led 3 gigantic livejournal groups, an international occult community, and was a regular and well-read blogger of arts and musical happenings.

Amoung my friends list were several publishers, editors, writers, and celebrity artists, including one of the main editors of this country's leading and most widely read science fiction magazines. This individual added me, but was constantly passive aggressively snubbing me in personal posts. I, as always, was kind and dismissive, not taking his issues personally. Eventually, this man copy pasted 90% of a work I posted in my private journal, and announced, publicly, that this was his very first personal writing that he was going to have published, and asked for his audience to offer their opinions. It was my work, word for word, with his own intro and ending added on. In the first five minutes, 184 fans commented that his work was genius, marvelous, amazing, inspiring, and that he was a gifted writer who definitely needed to be published immediately and stop hiding behind his editorial mask, and that they would support him and purchase his writing when published.

I was crushed.
I couldn't sleep for weeks.
It was emotionally devastating.
I was suffering from a serious illness at the time, and that event put me in the emergency room, just from the resulting physical toil of the upset.

I pulled all of my work off the net and never posted any personal work online again. Your story is somewhat different than mine, but it reminded me of how horrible that experience was, to feel helpless because someone with more power than you decides to steal your words and work, make you feel like you are too small and insignificant to have rights or to defend ownership of the work, and you have no recourse. I hope if anyone reading this who's ever doubted that stealing other people's work has no real harmful consequences has a change of mind and heart. Plagiarism is not only illegal, it is an attack, it is harmful, it's a personal violation, and we don't do near enough in this country to penalize copyright violators.

I seriously hope you gather everyone who's been ripped off by these ruthless pirates and form a class action suit to put them out of business for good.

Good luck to you!

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From:master_simon
Date:November 5th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)

Re: plagiarism

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I just wanted to say that I'm so sorry you went through that. I've been plagiarized, too, and it was grueling enough even though everyone recognized the theft and came out on my side. What you went through is unimaginably horrible. I hope that you're still writing, and that you'll one day get the recognition that you deserve and that was stolen from you.
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From:marie_paris
Date:November 5th, 2010 08:44 am (UTC)

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Thank you for that. You're very kind. Soon after that, my illness caused blindness, pain, and cognitive impairment that kept me from writing, but with healing comes the ability and desire to write and be published, so I doubt I can keep a lid on a lifelong passion such as this! Bless you for your kindness.
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From:chiaki777
Date:November 5th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)

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I say to you, while your fear is something to be concerned about. Try again. The Internet isn't as terrible as people think (to the people that are on the right side of the barrel).

Most normal people will get along.

Being a writer isn't about keeping all your writing so that you can one day sell it. If someone steals it, the glove comes off and it's time for litigation, but usually if that happens, you just pick up where you left off and tell whoever stole your work to expect a lawsuit.

People can ctrl+c all they want, actually writing once you get down to it is something only the writer can do, and if you think whatever that douche stole will make him rich and "a good writer" then your next work will just have to make you better. Dare the theif to be as good as you.

Simple as that.

EDIT: Slightly off topic, I realize, just thought you shouldn't lose complete heart. Writing is cut throat, but you don't have to be intimidated. I hope this helps you and Monica.

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From:marie_paris
Date:November 5th, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)

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No, very on topic I think, and very helpful. Thank you for your wise and caring advice. I did spend much time researching after that experience, recovered from the fear, and have become older, wiser, and more informed as the years have passed. I do see me sharing my writing and visual art with more confidence and security soon on a personal site, with full copyright in place, and the fortitude to threaten and employ a lawyer if ever the need would arise, and probably, after a small nervous breakdown, would shake it off and continue on, smiling. Though I doubt I would employ as many commas as I have just now! :o Bless you!
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