I’ve been plagiarized

I don’t even know where to start with this. One thing I want to say before I talk about what has happened recently is that I’m not trying to cancel anyone. I’m making this post so that you guys are aware that there are people taking advantage of the hard work bloggers do without giving them proper credit.

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As the title implies, someone has plagiarized one of my blog posts. They have taken a chunk from my ACOTAR books 1-3.5 recap (one of my more popular posts), and copied and pasted it into their post without properly crediting me.

I got a notification that a website called Scuffed Entertainment created an ACOTAR character quiz and sent a pingback on my ACOTAR recap. At first, I was happy that the creator linked my post, thinking that they referenced it and wanted to give credit. However, the more I looked at it, the more I realized that they simply copied what I wrote and changed a few words around.

my original post

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the plagiarized section

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t know too many people who says “huzzah” anymore (a.k.a. I don’t think anyone uses that term but me). Those three paragraphs are too similar to what I wrote for me to think that they coincidentally wrote the exact same thing as I did.

Yes, they did link back to my post originally, but there is no mention of my blog on the post, and the link is a little hidden. It’s the equivalent of writing a research paper by copying and pasting a research article, switching every other word around, and hyperlinking the website you used to a random word instead of having a works cited. I would’ve been okay with only a subtle link if they had completely rewrote that section in their own words. However, the fact that those paragraphs are 97% what I wrote word-for-word, I couldn’t let that slide.

I couldn’t find an address to email them directly, so I used their contact form on their website to ask them to clearly state that the excerpt is from my blog and to properly credit me for my work they were featuring on their post. However, I did not get a response back. Just in case there was some sort of issue with the first message not getting through, I sent a second one a few days later.

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[the email on the left (top if on mobile) was sent on June 6th, and the one on the right (bottom) was sent June 10th]

Sadly, at the time I’m writing this, there still has been no response or changes made to the post.

When I first realized I’ve been plagiarized, I was deeply saddened. The ACOTAR recap took a long time to write and create. I was proud of the end result, and (I hope) a lot of readers enjoyed the post. The fact that my hard work was taken advantage of really upset me. The fact that the writer of the website was not considering my lenient request felt a little off. The fact that they were unwilling to give credit to work that they did not do was alarming.

I’m not sure what actions I want to take from here. Like I said before, I do not want to cancel Scuffed Entertainment. All I want is that you guys as readers are informed. I’m sure I’m not the only person they’ve taken advantage of, and I want people to be aware of what’s going on with this website.

If you would like, please share this message with your bookish friends so that they know what’s going on as well.

It’s been very discouraging to go through this, but I hope to get this resolved soon.

Thank you for reading.

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Stay awkward and amazing!

20 thoughts on “I’ve been plagiarized

  1. Knit One, Spin Too 06/15/2021 / 12:13 pm

    This is totally not cool. I think unfortunately there is a lot of stealing of ideas and content out on the web, and a lot of it isn’t able to be policed at all. (I’m not a copyright or intellectual lawyer, but just based on some personal experience.) I really hope you get a response and one that addresses the issue. Really, just providing credit to you for your work/thoughts and linking appropriately to your blog would go a long way – as would, of course, actually responding to your contact attempts!

    So sorry this happened. It’s frustrating and saddens me that people feel this kind of thing is okay to do. 😦

    PS: For the record, I do say Huzzah a lot……

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  2. magicalmaeve 06/15/2021 / 12:17 pm

    Oh no I’m so sorry. This must be so frustrating. I really hope it all works out, your content is amazing and you definitely don’t deserve this.
    P.S. I also say Huzzah an abnormal amount…

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    • Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger 06/15/2021 / 5:02 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement, Maeve! I might send them one last email to see if they’ll respond, but if not, I’ll have to think about what I want to do next.

      It didn’t think there were a lot people who says “huzzah,” but it looks like I was wrong. I’m glad I’m not the only one XD

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  3. CJR The Brit 06/15/2021 / 12:27 pm

    Wow that’s not cool at all. Makes you wonder who else they have done this too.

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      • CJR The Brit 06/16/2021 / 3:05 am

        As you have highlighted, more people might take notice and go and have a look. It’s out of order though. I expect they’ll carry on ignoring you which is so not right. 😔

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  4. Maya Rajesh 06/15/2021 / 10:20 pm

    that doesn’t seem fair at all. so sorry this has happened, and it’s actually one of the things I’m most afraid of in the blogosphere. hopefully, it’ll get resurrected 🙂

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    • Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger 06/16/2021 / 2:29 pm

      Stealing ideas is definitely an issue on the internet, but I didn’t think someone would flat out copy one of my posts. Thank you for your kind words. ❤ I hope to get this sorted out asap.

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  5. jan @ thedoodlecrafter 06/16/2021 / 12:59 am

    This is awful and I’m so sorry this happened to you!

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  6. Books Teacup and Reviews 06/16/2021 / 3:08 am

    That’s really terrible thing. Some people don’t remember where they read post from which they got idea of the post but if one knows posts and blogs should be given proper credits. I hope you hear back from them they make changes on their post.

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  7. Mary Drover 06/16/2021 / 1:37 pm

    I’m so sorry this is happening to you! It’s completely inexcusable, and they should be ashamed. I just can’t get in the mind of someone who thinks plagiarizing is okay, and to link back to you! That feels like kicking you while you’re down because then you’re sure to see what’s happened. It’s a catch 22, honestly, because you want to know it’s happened, but it also feels so aggressive that they linked you so that you definitely would see it. How does that even make sense! It’s awful that they stole your words, and I’m glad that you’ve posted it so that a wider audience knows that this has happened. Sending you all the good vibes that this gets credited or taken down soon!

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  8. Michael J. Miller 06/17/2021 / 8:15 pm

    I am so, so sorry. What a horrible feeling. I tell my students all the time, there are many things I will be lenient about but plagiarism is not one of them. To take someone else’s work, their ideas, their voice and just use it as yours? That’s terrible. But to have that happen with your own work? To see someone else take that? Ugh, it has to feel like such a deep violation. I appreciate your post, too. This is important to call to light when it happens. I’m sorry. I hope this ends up sorted for you, and sooner rather than later.

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      • Michael J. Miller 06/21/2021 / 10:42 pm

        I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I read your post. It seems maddening that there’s no place to go to get something like this addressed. If a student did it in my class, it would be a “0” for the assignment and a Saturday detention. But if someone running their own site was to plagiarize content…what can we do?? It’s not like there’s a “Principal of the Internet” to punish something like this. Your experience puts a glaring light on the harsher, darker side of the joy we get out of creating content. I can honestly say I’ve never really considered this happening to me or any of the bloggers I enjoy reading until now, reading about how it happened to you. It makes me sad for so many reasons and my heart hurts for you :(.

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  9. Marta @ of waves and pages 06/19/2021 / 7:04 am

    Oh no, I’m so sorry 😦 This sucks and it’s always a messy situation to handle … The fact that people are too comfortable copying the work of others is really frustrating. Have you received any answer by now? Is there anything I could do? :/

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    • Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger 06/20/2021 / 4:01 pm

      I still haven’t received a response to any of the messages I sent them, but I think I’m going to email them one last time just in case. I’m not optimistic that they’re going to respect my wish to be credited, but we’ll have to wait and see… :/

      I’m not sure if there’s anything anyone can do right now, but thanks for the offer! You don’t know how much that means to me ❤ ❤ ❤

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