11.05.2012

Plagiarism?!

What do I do when I know there is a blogger out there that is plagiarizing?  I discovered this yesterday, and I tried contacting 20sb.net, and their messages were helpful, but in the meantime, this person is getting more and more followers.

She has ripped off a video from Jenna Marbles AND from foodnetworkhumor.com -- both are almost verbatim.

I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, ever since I could write, and it makes me so pissed that someone would pass off someone else's intellectual property as her own.

I noticed that she deleted the post where she completely copied a Jenna Marbles video, probably because I kept commenting about her idiocy, but she still kept the post where she ripped off foodnetworkhumor.com on the show Cupcake Wars.  I don't know what to do.

EDIT:  Found another post of hers where she takes an excerpt straight from the book John Dies in the End.  Also, I'm outing her:  http://www.alliefghijk.blogspot.com/

DOUBLE EDIT:  She's now trying to claim that she was hacked.  Right.

9 comments:

  1. WOW this is crazy. I don't get why someone would copy someone else so obviously, and especially from big established sources. Like seriously, there really is only one Jenna Marbles. It's hard in this world of blogging to not be influenced by others and to got gain ideas. So I think that is ok, but not so obviously STEALING... Love Elle xo

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  2. I don't really think there is that much you can do...there aren't exactly blogging police. The only thing I can think of is to keep posting on her blog letting others know and possibly out her on this one (by name, I mean, since you didn't really do that here). It's really senseless to me why someone would even do that, and I agree it's wrong. The blogging world just isn't structured to prevent/correct things like this unfortunately. Perhaps check the Blogger/Wordpress/etc rules/regulations and see if the hosting platform can do anything about it? That would be the only higher authority that could actually cancel the blog.

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  3. I don't think I read this blogger, but now I want to know out of morbid curiosity! Who is it?

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    1. This one: http://www.alliefghijk.blogspot.com/

      Since I wrote this post last night, I've found that yet *another* one of her posts was ripping off the book John Dies in the End -- verbatim.

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  4. Not cool :( I know who you speak of, and I was totally digging her writing, thinking it was in fact, her writing.
    I followed her Blog and loved her sense of humor, and we have shared interests. See, I'm not one that picks up on copy cats I'm just like, "Whoa, that was super creative, you rock!"...
    Bummer. Interested to see how this all goes down. Keep me posted!

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    1. I liked the writing, too. It sucked that it turned out to be unoriginal.

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  5. Alexandra HowellTue Nov 06, 05:21:00 PM

    I sent you a couple of emails today regarding this subject, and I would greatly appreciate it if you took things like this down. I'm not exactly sure what is going on, but both 20SB and Google/Blogger are investigating the issue. Someone has taken my picture and my name, set up numerous fake accounts, a fake blog, is stealing photos off of my Instagram, and even took old videos of me and re-embedded them onto Vimeo. The posts are pilfers from some of my favorite writers such as Jason Pargin, Donald Miller, and John Green and YouTubers like icallitambrosia. I'm not a member of your blogging community, but I have visited the website and saw that "Fake Allie" is the author of forums about things very relevant to my life, such as Star Wars (I've always adored those movies and even have a dog that looks like and is named after Chewbacca), bucket lists, and chemotherapy. I was diagnosed with both aplastic anemia and myeloid leukemia a few months ago, almost completely blind, and totally bed-ridden. My little sister is sitting here typing this comment for me. The very, very last things on my mind are yoga, cupcakes, and cartoons. I noticed that the blog only had seven followers, none of which I knew, so I honestly wasn't quite as freaked out until I realized that there are strangers participating in discussions and posts such as this regarding my "idiocy." I have a bachelors in English and had planned on beginning work towards a Masters until I got sick, am an aspiring writer, and even used to work for my university's newspaper. What if my professors, employers, or future employers find this? It's insulting, and I think the way you've handled the situation is fifty shades of wrong. Do you know how many of my ex-colleagues and classmates got in trouble for appropriation? Tons! But a professional would never put someone on blast. You contact Blogger or 20SB or the person doing the plagiarizing or the person being plagiarized. If you would have looked more into the situation, you would have found an email address. The person pretending to be me is using alliealligator@gmail.com, which is my old account from like, middle school! If you would have tried contacting via email, I would have eventually received it! This person also links my actual Facebook page on the 20SB profile. I appreciate the fact that you took such a keen interest in this situation and found these accounts. I really and truly do. It's extremely scary, and I very much so want to get to the bottom of it. If it weren't for you, I never would have found out; however, I do think that you've dealt with this horribly.

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