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03 March 2011 @ 10:50 am
Writer's Block: Copy and paste  
How would you react if you found out someone plagiarized your work and published it?

I have had this experience with Why Is Daddy Like He Is? (a book for children of veterans with PTSD) and some of the Post-Traumatic Gazettes that I give away on my website (patiencepress.com). Usually it was someone setting up a website for veterans or other trauma survivors who had no idea they should put my name and copyright on something they copied from me, and most of them were willing to make the changes right away. I only had to persist with one person, but eventually the webmaster removed the offending article from the website. The author had lifted whole paragraphs from my article "What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?" from the first issue of the Gazette and published it as her own.
It has also happened to my husband. In his memoir, Chickenhawk, he made up the script of a Army training film on helicopters, and a later memoir by another helicopter pilot used it verbatim. We figured he thought it was the real script. We didn't even know about it till some of Bob's fans very indignantly let him know.
Jeni Belljeniwrites on March 3rd, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
Wow. Hopefully the second example was just an honest mistake, but still.
patty1943patty1943 on March 4th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
Maybe it was, but the helicopter pilots who knew that guy said he stole other peoples incidents in Vietnam to make himself look good. It was a big flap of which Bob's paragraphs were a small part.
Katherine Quimbywordsrmylife on March 3rd, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
How frustrating for both of you! Luckily, the only thing of mine that has ever been plagiarized is a recipe, and those aren't really covered by copyright, because they are so ubiquitous.
patty1943patty1943 on March 4th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
I didn't really mind because they were all so apologetic, except for the woman who had intermingled my paragraphs in her essay without quotation marks, and like I said, the webmaster took it down. What is the recipe?