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    Stories Ripped off the Pages of My Memoir Sites

    THE BOOK: Along Came Cindy, which will be a combo of my offline and online memoir sites.

    THE PLAGIARIZED SITE: Our Town is a memoir told via my childhood POV. One particular section is titled Haunted Buford.

    THE NEWSPAPER EDITOR: The paper is small, but it has been in publication since Heck was a pup, is sponsored by ads from the largest businesses in town, and the editor is no less than a correspondent of the Atlanta Journal Constitution--she says.

    WHAT HAPPENED: Not long ago I announced on AW that this newspaper wanted to publish one of my essays. Whoopee do da and all that. Not now. I started to send a PM about that essay and found she had tried to contact me in October this year about publishing my Haunted Buford section. Twice. And I had somehow missed the PMs. So I sent her a reply. She didn't answer. Being the suspicious person I am I clicked to the newspaper and lo and behold she had published every single one of my ghost story articles. Without permission. I can understand she wanted to use them for her Halloween issue, but she needed my okay first. Duh. I sent her another PM. I posted on her timeline and our towns group a "I PM'd you," but she ignored all my attempts to contact her. During all these attempts she was online and apparently ignoring me. So I went back to the paper and wrote a comment below my stories warning her not to publish anything else from my websites. Not that there's anything I could do about it. I certainly don't have the funds for a lawyer and the FBI intelligence property investigators wouldn't be interested in such small fish. What I could do is call her out on our town's group.

    This theft, and the special images a "friend" stole from my Brandon Lee site, is why I don't trust anyone anymore.
    Last edited by Cindyt; 12-24-2016 at 04:03 AM.
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    Ugh, what a nightmare. Does she own the newspaper? If not, you should try appealing to a supervisor above her.

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    It's bylined "Staff Writer" with no link and no acknowledgement? Bloody cheek. I'd be looking at filing a DMCA takedown notice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    It's bylined "Staff Writer" with no link and no acknowledgement? Bloody cheek. I'd be looking at filing a DMCA takedown notice.
    Yes. I'll look into that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    It's bylined "Staff Writer" with no link and no acknowledgement? Bloody cheek. I'd be looking at filing a DMCA takedown notice.
    Yes. This exactly.
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    First, I sent this creature another warning that I will not only call her out in public but report her to a DMCA agency I've lined up. I'll giver a week, which she doesn't deserve, but I'm sweet.

    Also, I did some investigating. This person is just the e editor. So I dug up the publisher and sent her an email.

    Next time somebody wants to publish something of mine I am going to do a check on them and their outlet. Sheesh.
    Last edited by Cindyt; 12-24-2016 at 05:29 AM.
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    UPDATE: Just talked with the actual editor. Something will be done about this thief, she says.

    At any rate, I took down the website and am in the process of editing it into book form for my protection. I have a huge Brandon Lee site that I may do the same with.
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    RE the article that was stolen. I received an apology from the managing editor. He gave me the choice of them taking it down or giving me a byline with an error thingy about it first being credited to a staff writer. I chose the latter, made Our Town accessible online, and--here's the kicker--the thief had the nerve to say she didn't realize what happened and she was so sorry and she hoped we could work together in the future. Yeah, no.
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    That;s not exactly something that can happened without being "realized". Unless they have a very complex sleep-plagiarizing disorder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindyt View Post
    RE the article that was stolen. I received an apology from the managing editor. He gave me the choice of them taking it down or giving me a byline with an error thingy about it first being credited to a staff writer. I chose the latter, made Our Town accessible online, and--here's the kicker--the thief had the nerve to say she didn't realize what happened and she was so sorry and she hoped we could work together in the future. Yeah, no.
    I think an apology accompanied by a couple hundred bucks might be more appropriate.
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    Yeah, and she has since been shooting me PMs blaming everybody but herself, including her father's lung operation.
    Quote Originally Posted by veinglory View Post
    That;s not exactly something that can happened without being "realized". Unless they have a very complex sleep-plagiarizing disorder.
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    I think an apology accompanied by a couple hundred bucks might be more appropriate.
    I thought about that, but decided to let it go.
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    I know the let it go feeling. A local author in Rochester, NY plagerised my first book. Sort of a readers digest version as a chapter in his own book, along with plagerizing 4 other authors in the same book. A copyright is nice and all but pretty useless when it costs over 10k to sue.
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