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What are your thoughts on plagiarism now that we are seeing more of it in the blogosphere? Have you ever been a victim? Do you feel there is anything the blogging community can do to combat it?
The Reading Housewives of Indiana
I think the best thing the blogging community can do is to have each other’s backs. I’ve discovered cases of my work being plagiarized thanks to other bloggers or authors spotting my work on another site, and pointing it out to me. (And once I get my raging anger under control, I shoot off a polite but firm email to the offending party, asking them to remove my work from their site.)" Sara from Novel Novice
Girls in the Stacks
I have been a victim, I didn't discover it myself a fellow blogger did. I never really thought my reviews were good enough to steal, but I guess they were. I've had other things taken from my blog too... like my policies and such. I don't have a problem with people using content if they ask and if they make it their own. Sure it may just be a contest policy, but it still took me time and effort to write that thing up!
As far as combating it, we just need to educate each other. Sometimes people don't even realize they are doing it, or what they are doing is wrong. If you've found that a blogger has plagiarized you contact them, try to work out in a professional manner." Kristi from The Story Siren
As far as I know, I have not been a victim of plagiarism. I can’t actually picture anyone older wanting to steal my tweenish sounding reviews. You never know though, huh?
I think the main thing book bloggers can do to combat plagiarism is to encourage honest blogging. When you write a review, it should not only be your own thoughts and words, it should be in your own style and with your own flair. Making the reviews your own is one of the most fun parts of blogging." Melina from Reading Vacation
Once Upon a Twilight
Page Turners Blog
Katie's Book Blog