“I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because otherwise Magical-Dawg *spit!* takes credit for kitty creativity!” Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC
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It’s interesting that I was asked to do a sponsored post to promote a plagiarism checker and today (as I prepare this post) I’ve had to send a DMCA notice to someone who copied more than half of one of my puppies.about.com articles to another online site. They gave me credit and a link back to the full article, which I appreciate. But About.com owns exclusive online rights to anything on that site. This person is a writer, and should know better. The writer offers no way to contact privately so I left a cordial comment and suggestion for remedying the situation on the post. I have no problem with someone writing their own intro to the subject, and posting 2-3 sentences from the article–and then linking directly to that article. That’s what I suggested.
I also told the person to feel free to delete my comment once that had been done, because I have no wish to embarrass anyone. Perhaps this writer was pressed for time, and planned to update later, or had a bad day. So when I checked back as I continued preparing this post, I saw that within five minutes my comment requesting the material be removed/changed had been deleted. The comment, not my material. I waited another 15 minutes, figuring that surely if a “comment” can that quickly be deleted, so can the content in the post. *sigh* Nope, still up. So I used the “objectionable material” form and sent that with a formal DMCA notice.
Has this ever happened to you? I’ve had books pirated and had to send such notices before. Honestly, that’s like trying to empty Lake Texoma with a sieve, though, so I’ve about given up on book pirate sites. Those folks won’t buy my books anyway, and I risk having a computer virus every time I visit those fly-by-night outfits. But in this case, About.com is my client, and if the person does this with one article, they’ll likely continue to plunder the material, and that damages my income and relationship with the publisher. I subscribe to a couple of services that track my name and certain key phrases, and that’s how I was alerted to this particular infraction. The writer didn’t have to include my credit or link back at all, which tells me they TRIED to do the right thing but are not clear on fair use.
How do you handle such things? Have you ever found yourself plagiarized? Have you ever inadvertently “lifted” too much of someone else’s content (aka “research”). I plagiarize myself all the time and have to guard against this and so routinely check new copy against what’s floating around the internet.
Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Check out bulldog “best day of my life” video, the “collie walk” and “what’s wrong with FB” videos at the bottom, just for fun. For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday. For now…enjoy the YouTube cute-icity at the end!
Best First Sentence Contest open to any associate or active member of International Thriller Writers, OR those registered for the 2014 Thrillerfest in July. Five winners get their first 10 pages critiqued by Steve Berry, Steven James, John Lescroart, and David Morrell—along with CraftFest Director, D.P. Lyle, MD.
7 Tips for Writing Crime
Facebook Insights for Authors (And Others) a great group lead by Lisa Hall-Wilson
SLEUTHFEST 2014, February 27-March 2
Politics & Prose Books On Demand yep, they’ll PRINT your POD book for you in about 5-10 minutes. The wave of the future? Will these machines be in your neighborhood soon?
Dignity for Animals neat essay
Altruism & Pets does it happen? what do you think?
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