I just wanted to give you a quick (if vague) update on my plagiarism situation. Things are progressing, and pretty soon I’m going to publish an article I’ve written on the experience that will outline the entire story from beginning to end, no matter the outcome.
Thanks to some close fandom friends, I’ve collected and read every Anthony book, save one, and that one is being hunted down as we speak. (That one book I haven’t read had a teaser published on another promoter’s blog, and in that single excerpt, my work was contained in the very first paragraph of chapter one.) I can also report that every book–save one–contained pieces of my work. One single book had 18 direct excerpts in it, 6 were longer than a paragraph, and 3 were longer than a page. Missron80 even discovered other fanfic authors’ work. I want to thank her and kjwrit for all of their exhaustive diligence on this project.
Obviously, I’m moving forward on this.
But I didn’t want to create that huge hullabaloo back in July, then just disappear off the radar. You deserve to hear what’s going on. So many of you defended me on so many forums that I’m still finding them in my research. Thanks to this journey, I am now very schooled on transformative works, copyright infringement and our rights as fanfiction authors. The lawyers at the Organization for Transformative Works have been unbelievably helpful. I’ll outline everything I found out in my article. Everyone deserves to know, should this horrible experience every happen to them, so that they can defend themselves against thieves.
Thanks again for all of your collaborative support. Stay tuned. I’ll return soon, and gather ye round for I’ll have a tale to tell.