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I don’t know if you all have been keeping up with the latest happenings in the publishing world. An Indie author was suspected of plagiarizing another author’s work. When the author tried to verify that indeed her work has been stolen, that’s when the attacks began. I’ve kept out of the fray, not sharing any of the happenings until now.

http://rachelannnunes.blogspot.com/2014/08/standing-against-plagarism.html

Since then, the indie writing community has started to gather to support Ms. Nunes by donating to her GoFundMe campaign to help offset legal fees. http://www.gofundme.com/StandingAgainstPlagiarism

They’ve also gathered together to help others become aware of the problem. The author accused of plagiarizing has been identified and found to have more than 20 alias used on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook. This author has been soliciting authors for ARC’s (Advance Reader Copies) of their works in exchange for a review. Please check this list to make sure you haven’t sent any of your works to the following sites. http://www.davidfarland.net/writing_tips/?a=414 (Author’s aliases are listed at the bottom of the page).

 As of Friday, August 29, 2014, a suit has been filed with the Utah District Court. http://dockets.justia.com/docket/utah/utdce/2:2014cv00627/93980

This will be an interesting case to keep up with because of the long-lasting implications it can have. If this case goes through and the plagiarist is held accountable for their actions, it will give those who publish content on the internet a legal leg to stand on if they find their work has been stolen.

We, as artists, are the front line. WE have to make sure those who request our work are reputable. WE are responsible for making our sites and any information contained thereon as secure as possible. WE have a voice and need to use it in defense of integrity. True artists spend a good amount of time on their work. It’s just plain dishonest to take someone else’s work and try to pass if off as your own.

Artists are not the only ones who can prevent this. Readers, consumers, critics, can all help in this. Please notify an artist if you suspect their work may have been plagiarized or stolen. Our eyes cannot be everywhere.

If you’d like to join other authors in the fight against plagiarism, you can join this Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Authors-United-Against-Plagiarism-and-Cyberbullying/273489969522688

Melanie

Below are links to other instances of plagiarism.

http://indiereader.com/publishingservices/authors-plagiarism/

http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2011/1208/5-famous-plagiarism-and-fraud-accusations-in-the-book-world/Alex-Haley

ttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/world/europe/12germany.html?_r=0

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