More on Plagiarism

Did I Plagiarize? The Types and Severity of Plagiarism Violations

Take a look at the flow chart above from Visually.

A great tool for writers and readers alike.

Writers can use the chart to verify the authenticity of their works to ensure that they haven’t inadvertently plagiarized someone else’s work. Readers can use the chart to guide them to spot a plagiarized work.

I like the (somewhat cute) graphical index that measures the seriousness of the offense, and how thorough the assessment is, that it even checks for self-plagiarism.

Self-plagiarism? Yes, apparently, copying your own work without proper citation to said work is considered another form of plagiarism. Did you know that?

I didn’t know that either. Well, now I do.

Author’s Rant: Plagiarism

If you expect to read one of my whimsical ramblings, this one isn’t it.

Apparently, I have been a victim of plagiarism.

Let me just say how disappointed I was when I stumbled upon a post that was very similar to mine in content. Not word per word but the key elements were there.

Oh let me rephrase that.

I wasn’t disappointed. I was OUTRAGED.  And I still am.

It began on one beautiful Sunday afternoon when the aforementioned post suddenly appeared on my facebook newsfeed due to one of the people in my friends list liking it. If said friend hadn’t liked it, I wouldn’t know.

In reality, this wasn’t the only time it happened. The first time it happened, I thought it was just a simple coincidence, so I winked it and moved on. The second time made me wonder. Still, I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Great minds think alike after all. But the third? That’s just way too many occurrences to be classified as a coincidence, and there’s the convenient timing at which these new posts seem to materialize, all appearing after the publication of mine, that made me doubt more. I knew then I’ve been had.

Do you know what is plagiarism?

If you don’t, here’s the dictionary definition:

“the act of using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person : the act of plagiarizing something”

And then there’s this, which is specified as the definition for Kids:

“an act of copying the ideas or words of another person without giving credit to that person”

Both definitions were taken directly from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary.

You see, the general definition doesn’t only cover the written part of the work but also the ideas, the thoughts that go into the work. This is the part where a lot of people seem to miss, that it has turned into a huge blind spot which can easily be used by some opportunistic individuals to their own benefits. They think ‘borrowing’ ideas is acceptable; and they’re free to use those ideas as long as they present them in their “own” words, in a different way from which the original ideas were extracted. Well, it’s NOT if the proper credit is not given, according to the definition above. Stealing is stealing. And that’s a serious offense in my book.

I have no tolerance for plagiarists, in particular the repeat offenders. These people have no respects for other people, and I doubt they even possess a conscience. I refuse to call them writers or authors–they’re NOT. They’re copycaters, idea snatcher, or just plain thieves.

I believe it’s the writers responsibility to verify the originality of their own works. Real writers take pride in their creations, the fruit of their creative minds, and they’ll take the extra efforts to do research to ensure their works don’t plagiarize others. Fake writers, on the other hand, have no regards for originality whatsoever. They’ll do anything for the sake of gaining popularity, even if it means resorting to a thievery act. What a shame!

This is the first time I’ve ever written such a caustic public post. But I’ve had enough. This must be done. I’ve invested way too much time, energy, and more to search for topics and gather the supporting materials to just let someone swoop in and take them as though they’re free for grabs. It needs to stop. To deter future incidents from occurring and to protect my intellectual properties, I have no choice but to implement some counter measures to the site immediately–so expect to see more changes to the site soon.

Despite the reproachful tone, I hope this post makes you become more aware of what constitutes plagiarism and know how to recognize it so that you can protect yourself and other writers from falling victim to one–and more importantly not to become a plagiarist yourself. And please don’t ever reward those thieves. What they do is completely wrong. It’s a serious offense; although it’s not exactly criminal in nature, the behavior is grossly unethical and there are real examples where it can actually lead to a course in legal action, such as a lawsuit.

While there’s a chance plagiarism may have been committed unintentionally due to various reasons, including ignorance, we should never give the perpetrators reasons to continue what they’re doing. It’s still WRONG, and they must be stopped. The best thing to do in such a case is to alert (confront) the writer whom you suspect may have committed the plagiarism and/or to notify the original author. Conversely, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you think I might have plagiarized someone else’s work, as that will be the last thing I want to do.

BUT if the act is committed repeatedly, such as the one I mentioned in the beginning of my post, you have every reason to believe that it’s deliberate.

If you want to educate yourself more about the subject–as I certainly do–you can refer to the wikipedia. More definitions and references can also be found here.


This last message is ONLY for those who feel offended by this post:

You know who you are.

And the only reason why you feel offended is because you’re the guilty party.

Go ahead scour my blog and fish for inspirations, or whatever you call it.

Isn’t that why you’re here in the first place?

Oh don’t bother trying to deny it.

It just proves the kind of person you are: a blood-sucking leech that has no regards for other people’s feelings.

Hiatus Aftermath Rambling & Love So Life Spoiler

Happy Tuesday everyone (or early Wednesday to those of you in the other part of the world)

Can you believe it that July is going to end soon? Then before we know it, summer will be over. Time sure flies. A few week have passed since I came back from my vacation, yet I haven’t accomplished much with regard to my writing and still haven’t finished responding to all the comments and messages. I really am sorry for taking long. Unfortunately with so much going on, I can’t promise things would improve anytime soon. Rest assured, I’ll address each one of your comments. In addition, I’ve not forgotten about “Awakening” and “All I Want”. Whenever I could, I would write a bit here and there. My goal is to release one chapter by end of the month. And there are also a few posts I need to finish for the blog, continuing the ongoing analysis on the manga/anime. BTW, if there’s a specific scene from the manga you think a bit vague and you’d like to discuss and have it translated from the original Japanese tankoubon, let me know.

Moving on to a more exciting news, do you remember Love So Life, a manga I recommended back in 2003 in this post? At that time, I mentioned the series was currently running in Japan. Guess what? The series is finished now. The final chapter was recently released in Japan. I skimmed through it, and I’m happy to say I like the ending, very very much. It’s a good one, really good, with no ambiguity whatsoever. I highly recommend this adorable series. It’s one of those series that can literally put a smile on your face, even in a gloomy day. And … have I told you how the OTP, Seiji & Shiharu, their personalities and situations remind me of Albert and Candy, complete with the age gap, subtle development, and all? And how I’ve considered them as the Japanese Albert & Candy of the modern era? 😀

For those who are curious here is a tiny peek of the final chapter. Beware major spoiler alert!

ETA:

There’s a light novel version of the series! Although the writer is not Kaede Kouchi, it’s as adorable as the manga. Even better, it’s told from the hero POV, from Seiji. He’s too cute at times 🙂

I wish Mizuki would’ve done something like this for the novel. She could’ve retold the story from Albert’s POV. Now that would be something I would be eager to invest.

Continue reading

Update: All I Want Chapter 8 (PG-13)

All I Want For Christmas

All I Want (9212 words) by forever
AO3 | FF
Chapters: 8/?
Fandom: Candy Candy
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Albert/Candy
Characters: William Albert Andrew, Candice White
Additional Tags: Romance, Modern Era, Alternate Universe, Prequel, Fluff and Angst
Summary:

Power and wealth amount to nothing when it comes to love, and nobody knows that better than William Albert Andrew, a man of eminent rank in the business world. Yet he will stop at nothing when a second chance at an old love appears. Can he right the wrong he did in the past and finally grasp the love he once lost?

Update: All I Want Chapter 7 (PG-13)

All I Want For Christmas

All I Want (6521 words) by forever
AO3 | FF
Chapters: 7/?
Fandom: Candy Candy
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Albert/Candy
Characters: William Albert Andrew, Candice White
Additional Tags: Romance, Modern Era, Alternate Universe, Prequel, Fluff and Angst
Summary:

Power and wealth amount to nothing when it comes to love, and nobody knows that better than William Albert Andrew, a man of eminent rank in the business world. Yet he will stop at nothing when a second chance at an old love appears. Can he right the wrong he did in the past and finally grasp the love he once lost?

Update: Awakening Chapter 11 (R)

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Awakening (61625 words) by forever
AO3 | FF
Chapters: 11/?
Fandom: Candy Candy
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Albert/Candy
Characters: William Albert Andrew, Candice White, Original Character, George Johnson
Additional Tags: Romance, Canon verse
Summary:

A whirlwind friendship with an aspiring female writer, not much older than her, leads Candy to an unexpected sensuous journey of self discovery. Having her keen desire rudely awakened, she has to constantly fight a battle of will with her mind as she struggles to resist the charms of her enigmatic, handsome roommate, Albert. But she soon realizes that this is one battle she will never win.

Update: Awakening Chapter 10 (R)

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Awakening (48750 words) by forever
AO3 | FF
Chapters: 10/?
Fandom: Candy Candy
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Albert/Candy
Characters: William Albert Andrew, Candice White, Original Character, George Johnson
Additional Tags: Romance, Canon verse, Smut
Summary:

A whirlwind friendship with an aspiring female writer, not much older than her, leads Candy to an unexpected sensuous journey of self discovery. Having her keen desire rudely awakened, she has to constantly fight a battle of will with her mind as she struggles to resist the charms of her enigmatic, handsome roommate, Albert. But she soon realizes that this is one battle she will never win.

Update: Awakening Chapter 9 (R)

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Awakening (40372 words) by forever
AO3 | FF
Chapters: 9/?
Fandom: Candy Candy
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Albert/Candy
Characters: William Albert Andrew, Candice White, Original Character, George Johnson
Additional Tags: Romance, Canon verse, Smut
Summary:

A whirlwind friendship with an aspiring female writer, not much older than her, leads Candy to an unexpected sensuous journey of self discovery. Having her keen desire rudely awakened, she has to constantly fight a battle of will with her mind as she struggles to resist the charm of her enigmatic, handsome roommate, Albert. But she soon realizes that this is one battle she will never win.