It's been a rather eventful morning of Hey Look More Plagiarism as discovered by Excellent Sharp-Eyed Readers. Reader Ari discovered similarities between Shey Stahl's For the Summer and fanfics, including Dusty by YellowBella. The comments at GoodReads follow a similar and, dare I say, familiar path: Stahl denied it, her fans defended her, then down went her Facebook page, and her books are no longer for sale at Amazon and BN. As Jane pointed out in her news coverage:
It’s probably time for Amazon to contract with TurnItIn and require all self pub manuscripts be run through a plagiarism checker. As for Stahl, I don’t doubt the fan fiction group is combing through her every work now.
Watching Jane from DearAuthor discuss it on Twitter, especially since the denial-denial-retreat path so closely followed by another author after an earlier incidence of plagiarism, wherein Jordin B. Williams' book echoed Tammara Webber's Easy, I realized we were totally due for a workout.
A plagiarism workout!
It's simple, really. Plagiarism is really dumb, and with the ease of communication and comparison these days, if you're dumb enough to do it, you'll get caught. Count on it. But does it happen? Of course it does. And the discovery and deny-deny-retreat path of the discovered alleged plagiarist follows such a predictable path, it's only fair that we all get some muscle definition out of it, right? Right.
So grab a comment thread and a bottle of water, and get ready to work out.
Show me proof! I need proof! 25 sit ups
No, I mean LEGAL PROOF 50 jump squats
I’m calling my internet lawyer. 50 burpees
You’re such a bully! 25 smurf jacks
My ghostwriter did it! 25 side lunges
A psychological problem that I never even suspected I had (http://bit.ly/15P3FVF) 1 min wall sit
I am sorry… that I got caught. 100 burpees
I’m going to make this all about me. 50 high knees
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Any suggestions for Plagiarism Workout version 2.0? Please share. It's only fair that we all get some health benefits out of the familiarity!