Reviews for Is Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery?
Alaeryel chapter 1 . 3/10/2013
I will agree with you for the majority of what you said Katie and I agree wholeheartedly with it BUT here is where I differ alittle bit with some minor issues. I started writing a story back in 2006 a fanfic based on the Trilogy of 'Lord of the Rings' and Tolkiens work. It was long before I thought to do web searches for stories based on either the movies or the written work of Tolkien himself. I wrote my story and about 2 years later I found some different sites pertaining to my interest. I read one story and found a name or two in mine were the same as the other author except mine spelled differently, I kept changing my names several times over as I found similar names in other stories because I didn't want to be accused of plagiarism-I had not even considered posting my story at that time yet-it still needed tweaking and I was scared overall. As I read more and more stories I did notice some similarities in my story-I refused to change anything in my stories because at the time written I did not know and it was strictly my own ideas and noone could have plagiarized mine because it had never been posted. There are definitely some I agree that plagiarize and I believe that is completely wrong and uncalled for BUT I also know that with the large amount of writers world wide and like me sometimes it is unintentional and a direct possibility that tho worlds away people may have a certain amount of same idea for a story especially for the more common ones as 'Supernatural' stories. I have asked some writers as I am on my third book of the series if I could borrow a character's name or even a character and some have given me permission tho it isn't common for me to do that. I just wanted to let you know that sometimes it can happen erringly but I know many are a direct violation of another's story-technically I could be classified as one of them but I don't classify myself because I wrote my first two series long before I read any stories period. Again I DEFINITELY agree with everything you said and I feel the same as you-I just wanted to point out there are some cases as mine that weren't done on purpose.
Lynn K. Hollander chapter 1 . 1/12/2013
I would like to see a plagiarized story AND the original. There has been a lot of talk, but evidence is scarce. I remain unconvinced deliberate plagiarism happens here, where neither money or tenure is the goal. I acknowledge similar inspiration/inspiration from similar sources, especially with beginning authors, can occur and will be confusing, but with a lack of understandable motive, and in the continuing absence of proof, I'm skeptical.
Can you produce a source and a derivative?
xMeru chapter 1 . 11/6/2012
This article is so true! Thanks for writing
Snow White's Dream chapter 1 . 6/29/2012
Thank you for posting this! It was very insightful. I'm just hoping I won't need it in the future...
streetracer-2012 chapter 1 . 4/1/2012
Very informative, it's sad that many people plagiaries definitely added to my favorites.

luv and all the mushy things,

yuki
tatygirl90 chapter 1 . 12/5/2011
This is very informative. I didn't know the difference between copyright infringement and plagiarism. Added to my favorites!
Jodiexxx chapter 1 . 10/22/2011
Well-written - thank you very much for writing this! :)

-ML.
WildAndFreeHearts chapter 1 . 10/8/2011
Thank you, so much for posting this! Your essay is very infomative and well constructed. I'm sure this has already helped a lot people on this site who have copyright problems, and will help many who have such issues later.
Jax Creation chapter 1 . 1/21/2011
This, I must say, is a great piece of writing and should be read by all members of the FP community.

Copyright infringement and plagiarism are becoming major issues. While FictionPress does address it in the Terms of Service agreement and briefly in the Content Guideline one must admit that those are sections that many people tend to ignore or skip altogether leading to their misconceptions and misunderstanding of proper conduct pertaining to original works, particularly on the internet.

I really appreciate that you've written this what with the growing number of stories being removed and authors leaving the site due to plagiarism. It is really depressing when a story is removed from the site because someone has stolen another's work.

Thank you for raising awareness.

Jax C.
Xaphan chapter 1 . 12/22/2010
Ugh, it's so terrible that these great stories are being plagiarized and the authors aren't given credit at all.

I would rather lose all my work than have it plagiarized, to be honest.

Thank you for this essay, it's very informative and I think more people need to take notice and stop copying others' stories.
Galen Aima chapter 1 . 10/10/2010
Very informative essay-I had no idea of my rights in the event of plagarism, actually.

Now, all we need is a guide for how to sue these guys...XD
Written chapter 1 . 8/4/2010
thanks for the informative essay! i learned a lot of stuff that I'm sure would benefit any FP user. I hope you dont mind if I add this to my C2? if you do, just PM me and I'll take it off :)
QuillChaser chapter 1 . 1/3/2010
Thank you for putting this up here. It's very inspiring, and honestly I learned a lot about Copyright Laws through your essay. So thank you very much. I really hope it stops. It makes me so...mad. People trying to copy your work and state that it's his when it's not...Yeah, right.
Kristina Suko chapter 1 . 10/9/2009
Thank you for taking the time to write this. It was both helpful and encouraging, and I hope that the plagiarism on Fiction Press stops, because it is always disappointing to go read a favorite story and find it has been removed, and it's always a sad and slightly irritating possibility that plagiarism might happen to me (not that my stories really are all that, but plagiarists often don't stop just because a story is badly written.)

Mara
Felicis chapter 1 . 8/2/2009
Thank you so much for addressing this issue. I know many talented writers who are hesitant to publish their works on Fictionpress for fear of plagiarism, but I'm so glad that writers are taking an active stance in battling plagiarism. It would honestly be a shame for authors to take down more and more of their stories because of plagiarism.
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