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.
the plagiarized section
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.
[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!