December 2, 2009

Plagiarist, I see.

I know the Internet is the 'brave new frontier.' I know there are those who think 'information should be free.' But things like this still really steam my bacon.

As most of the miniscule number of people who read this blog know, I write for the website 'Everything2.com' under a pseudonym, 'The Custodian.' I write a great deal of stuff there (over a million words in the past decade). Today, Googling for statistically improbable phrases to determine if anyone had linked to a work of mine, I found instead that someone who seems to be a student at Daytona State College has stolen the work in its entirety. The story is called 'The New York Magician', and some few parts of it (not all of it, and not all she stole and claimed as her own) are posted on this blog.

She has posted it to tumblr.com (I'm not going to link to it) claiming it as her own work, and has submitted it to NaNoWriMo.

I'm pretty pissed about this, I should say. Time to go learn about DMCA takedown notices.

Posted by jbz at December 2, 2009 1:42 PM | TrackBack

Comments

i'm pretty sure that she has already e-mailed you but i wanted to stop in and sort of take responsibility - because i feel like this is partly if not all my fault.

your writing looks very similar to someone else's that she and i both mutually know - and who hurt her before by stealing some of her writing and using it to win a cash prize. when i found your stuff on everything2 i thought you were him and i told her so. i egged her into 'getting back' at josh by taking [what i thought was] his work and using it to 'win' nanowrimo, and then posting it to facebook so that he would see it. i'm the one who was maintaining the tumblr, not her.

you can e-mail me for more specific details on how all of this went downhill if you really want - star is sorry, i know, and so am i.

i at least want this to end for her. it was my stupid idea and she has already had her words with me about it. i know how much trouble this was for you and i'm sorry. if i could take it back i would.

[please forgive my lack of shift key, they don't work on this keyboard and tapping caps lock is frustrating.]

Posted by: emily at December 3, 2009 5:48 AM
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