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Writer's Block: Copy and paste

How would you react if you found out someone plagiarized your work and published it?

This actually happened to me in a very small way.
For a number of years I coordinated the dealers' room for one of our local conventions. I wrote the blurb for the dealers' room page for the website.

Some time later I took a look at the website for a small start-up convention in the area and I noticed that the blurb for the dealers' room sounded a little familiar.
Yup, it was my blurb with just the dates, times and prices changed. I used a rather distince, conversational style, so it was really not likely that it was coincidence.

I didn't do anything about it except mention my amusement to a few people. And when the con crashed and burned spectacularly the next year I wasn't a bit surprised.



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Mar. 3rd, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
I've had kind of a similar case, but one where I'm happy to be copied. Some time back in the 80s, I was on the Conclave committee, and I wrote something that was added to the program book, basically stating the right of the committee to bar or expel anyone they thought was causing problems for other attendees. (I won't go into the reason why we felt the need to say it.) I've seen similar things, some of them identical to my original phrasing, in various program books in the Midwest.
Mar. 3rd, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
I wrote a quick capsule history for a band I was in for a page about some of the other members later band. They were all friends of mine. I wrote it under a pseudonym but, as a joke, I mentioned myself by name several times, mostly about what a lousy drummer I was. A couple years later I went to the website of the singer in both of those bands and there it was in his bio, word for word, including everything about me.

I emailed him and asked him if he knew I wrote it. He said that he should have.
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