Monday, March 1, 2010

Rant of The Day: Plagiarism & Other Stuff

It doesn't happen often, but occasionally I run across a site, usually a forum, where I'll see one of my stories posted. Not a huge deal, especially if the poster gives me credit, or at the very least, openly identifies the fact that they weren't the author. If they fail to do so, I tend to get a bit red-assed about it, and will openly call out the poster, who, usually, apologizes profusely, blah, blah, I forgive and life goes on.

That brings me to the incident at hand: I visited the TUGS website. Lo and behold I see the beginning first chapter or so of ABK 1 posted under the heading of "Kid Magician".

This time, the poster ignored my attempts to communicate, and so I contacted the site moderator. Pause here to make a point: My opinion is, if you post someone else's story and you don't specify that you aren't the author, that's basically the same thing as claiming it as your own. Others may disagree, but that's my opinion.

So anyway, I PM the mod, a person (I'm assuming it's a dude) named Zanev. He's polite about it, but says that he has no proof that I'm the original author, and would need proof, such as a copyright (!!??!) in order to remove the posts.

Well, first of all, my feelings were a little hurt, `cause I thought everyone in the DiD community knew who The Greyman was, but putting that aside, I was rather taken aback because I'd never had anyone question my word on something like this. In addition, logically, what sense would it make for me to claim a story as my own when it wasn't?

Well, as of this writing he hasn't removed the posts, but he did leave up my post setting things straight so I guess that'll have to do, but I decided to go ahead and re-post ABK. All of it, and in case anyone forgot that bad boy is 25 chapters long, and I don't write small chapters, so it's a big deal.

Coupla other things...

  • I just don't get into the Olympics. Never have. I'll watch a little basketball... maybe... but that's about it. Since the original "Dream Team", which I did watch a lot of, I bet I haven't watched 10 minutes of coverage total.
  • Want to give a shoutout to a named "Doc" who's THE poster of DiD vids on YouTube. This guy rocks, almost always getting the newest foreign stuff up in good quality. Problem is, damned YouTube keeps screwing with him, canceling his accounts and/or putting him on "probation", and he's getting tired of fighting the fight. That, plus not as many people are putting up new stuff too, and it's wearing him down. Let me ask that you guys go online and give the man some encouragement so he'll keep on posting.


    Buddha said...

    I've had this problem to with stories. I have them scattered all over the place over the years because I could never find a good home for them.

    I'm using my blog and will be posting them there now.

    Only one time have I had a problem with someone not taking them down or giving the credit do, he called it his own. Even made some changes to it, really ticked me off. His site is now gone, but still urked me.

    Buddha (boundperil)

    Michael said...

    Vince, dont seem to be able to find your reposted "ABK" series on your blog. Someone else mentioned that they'd used the Internet Archive site to pull them up from an old site you had? Could you possibly pass along the URL for that previous site?

    Thanks for your GREAT stories, and humorous/informative blog entries!
    P.S. - Enjoyed reading your political stuff as well. I am also a "Republican by default", and have really enjoyed the resurgence of political conservatism in the U.S. :)