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Is Copyright Broken? Part 2 – The Indie Author’s Guide To Managing Plagiarism

Is Copyright Broken? Part 2 – The Indie Author’s Guide to Managing Plagiarism

Is copyright broken? That’s the question the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is continuing to ask today. We don’t think it’s broken, but it doesn’t always work. In this two-part series about copyright infringement which started last week,  we explore both piracy and plagiarism, and the impact they’re having on members as well as what you can do about them. This is the indie author’s ultimate guide to managing plagiarism.

With deep thanks to all of our members who contributed with insightful comments and a special thanks to John Doppler, ALLi’s watchdog for his knowledge and contributions to the posts. 

The Indie Author’s Guide to Managing Plagiarism: Piracy Versus Plagiarism

Self-Publishing Services Watchdog

ALLi’s Watchdog John Doppler

With thanks to ALLi Watchdog John Doppler for his explanations and contributions to this post. Like last week, we’re starting with his definition of both piracy and plagiarism: A pirate unlawfully distributes copies of an author’s books, while the plagiarist repurposes another’s writing as their own.

Plagiarism can be unintentional, as when a nonfiction writer fails to properly credit a quoted passage, for example. It can be coincidental, as when two screenwriters independently develop highly similar treatments. Or it can be deliberate theft, with a plagiarist copying whole words or mixing and matching from a variety of works. (see x below)

They can also differ in legal standing. Copyright is about protecting the commercial rights of the author. Piracy is, at its core, an infringement on commercial rights.

Plagiarism is an ethical failure that may not always fit the legal definition of copyright infringement. We have seen clear incidents of plagiarism that fail to meet the legal requirements of a copyright infringement suit, or are ambivalent. Sometimes too the plagiarist is unrepentant and the plagiarised author is not sure enough of the outcome to take a suit, so the violation goes unpunished.

The Indie Author’s Guide to Managing Plagiarism: Self-Publishing Platforms

In our digital era, when copying and pasting is so easy, and when anyone can put a formatted document on an online retailer and start trading, many writers are seeing their work being appropriated without their permission. Some books are copied word-for-word while others are tinkered with just enough to make it tough for an automated plagiarism-checker to flag them.

When a reader buys a self-published book online, the retailers keep 30 percent or more of the income as sales commission—so they make money whether a book is plagiarized or not. A trade publisher is liable if it puts out a book that violates copyright but self-publishing platforms like Amazon KDP, Kobo Writing Life or IngramSpark are not publishers, but publishing platforms. The author is the publisher.

And as retailers and distributors Amazon, Kobo and Ingram are protected, as long as they remove offending content on request. Books known to be plagiarized are removed from the platforms. However, it can take a while for the services to respond to complaints. The offending books need only stay up for a few months or even weeks for the plagiarist to profit.

For an author, being plagiarised goes beyond the commercial implications. Writing is a form of creative expression, and having their work appropriated can feel like a personal violation.

Irish author Eilis O’Hanlon and her partner Ian McConnell published a mystery novel The Dead in 2003 under the pen name Ingrid Black. The novel won awards and sold well but went out of print over time–and then surfaced on Amazon as a number-one bestseller in the Irish crime-fiction category, now called Tear Drop by Joanne Clancy.

This was not a new pen name for O’Hanlon and McConnell. They had been plagiarised.

“I felt violated,” O’Hanlon said. “Remembering the nights we didn’t get to bed until four in the morning as we struggled to complete the 120,000-word novel. There was the day, with the deadline for the book looming, when we planted the two eldest children in front of the TV with a mountain of sweets while Ian went upstairs to complete one section and I stood at the worktop in the kitchen, a newborn baby in a sling around my neck, finishing another on my laptop. Writing a novel takes graft. Ian was more sanguine, almost amused at the audacity of what Joanne Clancy had done, but he wasn’t happy to leave the matter there, either. Together, we began considering how best to respond.”

When Clancy moved onto the second book in the series, publishing The Dark Eye as Insincere, O’Hanlon contacted Amazon and emailed Clancy. She was surprised to receive a response in which Clancy admitted what she’d done, and apologized.

Roughly $2,000 of the $18,000 Clancy had made had been transferred to her before the plagiarism was detected. Amazon reimburses royalties if the author can prove plagiarism, but it’s not a straightforward process and proof is needed. Luckily, O’Hanlon had the email from Clancy admitting guilt, which she forwarded to Amazon to receive payment. Amazon paid up, removed the pirated novels and banned Clancy, though the books are still available in print on the Amazon site through third-party sellers.)

Most authors won’t be lucky enough to have a confession email from their plagiarist and would have to hire a lawyer to get any royalties owed.

The Indie Author’s Guide to Managing Plagiarism: Coronavirus

Plagiarism is still an extremely common problem. As recently as last month, CNBC published an article explaining how Amazon was struggling with a deluge of plagiarized books. Ben Collins of NBC news says:

“At first glance, Richard J. Baily’s book, “Coronavirus: Everything You Need to Know About the Wuhan Corona Virus and How to Prevent It,” appears to be an authoritative deep dive on how to prepare for the pandemic.”

Collins continues to say:

“The book, however, isn’t what it appears to be. Each of the book’s chapters were directly plagiarized from other parts of the web. The first two chapters were lifted verbatim from NBC News stories by Erika Edwards and Sara Miller published in late January. The third chapter, which is dedicated to cleaning tips, was ripped from the website for Nancy’s Cleaning Services, a housekeeping company based in California.”

In another article discussing the same issue, Jonathan Bailey said:

“Amazon isn’t likely to do much to fix the problem. It’s not going to spend money on technology and staff to run it so that it can have fewer books to sell. There’s no motivation for the company to take steps here, especially since they are legally protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) when it comes to copyright.

In short, Amazon could, theoretically, address the problem relatively easily but has no motivation to do so. Now, however, it isn’t just hurting other authors, it’s putting the public at risk.”

The Indie Author’s Guide to Managing Plagiarism: {lesson learned}

Even New York Times bestselling authors aren’t immune to plagiarism. Nora Roberts recently came under attack from a plagiarism scandal. In an article on AP News Hillel Italie, explains what happened.

“Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed “multi-plagiarism” on a “rare and scandalous” level.”

“Roberts called Serruya’s romance books “a literary patchwork, piecing together phrases whose form portrays emotions practically identical to those expressed in the plaintiff’s books.”

“As of earlier this week [April 2019], most of Serruya’s work had been removed from Amazon, although many books remained available on Barnes & Noble.com, Google Play and elsewhere. In a recent statement to the AP, Amazon said that it takes “violations of laws and proprietary rights very seriously.”

“We use a combination of teams of investigators and automated technology to prevent and catch the vast majority of bad actors who attempt to violate our policies before they publish,” the statement reads. “In the rare instance where one gets through, we investigate and remove violating books. Additionally, all Kindle product pages contain a link for anyone to flag suspicious titles and the team investigates all titles that are flagged.”

As if plagiarism isn’t bad enough, it can get personal too. In a separate article on Plagiarism Today, Jonathan Bailey recounted the ordeal that Rachel Ann Nunes went through. Rachel is an author of Mormon romance and learned in 2014 that she had been plagiarized by one Tiffanie Rushton. The plagiarism was bad but Rachel recounts (in the last article linked), that Tiffanie then proceeded to create fake accounts to harass her. Furthermore, Tiffanie was using the real names of 3rd grades students she taught to set the accounts up. This, however, is one case that does have a happy ending.

Rachel set up a GoFundMe and eventually, lawyer Shawn P. Bailey took on her case. In a conclusion article, is is what Rachel had to say about the outcome:

“While all the funds paid in the plagiarism settlement go to my attorney Shawn P. Bailey for nearly four years of diligent work with very little reimbursement, I feel this is a huge win for me, authors, and copyright. Shawn put in over $225,000 worth of hours into the case, and while the settlement and the earnings on the GoFundMe won’t recoup those lost hours, he is grateful to have been a part of bringing a plagiarist to justice. No, he won’t be charging me the difference!”

One last example. Eilis O’Hanlon, one half of the pen name Ingrid Black discovered she was a victim of plagiarism on Twitter. In an article she penned herself on independent.ie she explained how their book had gone out of print and the rights reverted to them. They’d intended to turn it into an ebook but hadn’t had the chance when they discovered the plagiarism. She gave an example:

The Dead [Eillis’s book]: “I jumped when the phone rang and checked the number before picking it up. ‘Fitzgerald,’ I said. ‘You read it?'”

“Tear Drop [plagiarised version]: “The shrill ringing of her mobile phone made Elizabeth jump. Reluctantly, she pulled it from her pocket, checking the number before answering. ‘Frank,’ she said. ‘Did you read it?'”

Worse, The Dead wasn’t the only book in Eilis’s series. It too, was out of print.

Insincere came out on October 21, and we must have been among the first to download it. Once again we started reading, quickly confirming that it was a facsimile of The Dark Eye [Eilis’s second out of print novel]. There hadn’t been much doubt in our minds that it would be, but it was still something of a shock.”

Eilis had to provide original PDF copies of the manuscripts. Once she had, the plagiarized copies by Joanne Clancy were taken down. Clancy was banned from Amazon for life.

“Tear Drop [the plagiarized book] had, in fact, earned $15,791.60, or a little short of €15,000 – not bad for a book which was only on sale for a few months. Of this, €1,761.80 had been paid to Joanne Clancy before the book was withdrawn from sale.”

Eilis contacted Joanne directly and amazingly got a response and an apology. Eilis views this experience with humility saying:

“Our ultimate thoughts about her are not as might be expected. In a way we feel sorry for her. Just because she plagiarised our work, doesn’t mean that she’s a bad person. It doesn’t even mean that she’s a bad writer. She had put more effort into this project than many lazier plagiarists, and she clearly had a degree of creative ingenuity.”

The Indie Author’s Guide to Managing Plagiarism: Fighting Back

Most retailers and content platforms will act quickly to terminate copyright infringement, but when the infringement is less obvious, as with a copied plot or paraphrased text, your only recourse may be in a court of law. That means your ability to confront the problem may depend on the laws in your country, the commercial impact on your work, and, unfortunately, your ability to sustain a costly, prolonged legal battle. In the US, copyright cases are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal courts, and attorney’s fees can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

When someone’s plagiarized your work and is trading under your name, you have to first write to the distributor(s) and ask them to take it down.

Steps to Follow:

  • Google the offending publisher or their author name if it’s different to yours
  • If the book has been listed for sale and indexed in multiple places, find all links and evidence of all infringements.
  • Report the sites to Google for copyright violation (they’ll remove the site from search results for your book)

You have four options which are not mutually exclusive:

  1. Email the offender and politely and ask them to remove it.
  2. Submit a DMCA takedown to the site that’s selling your work.
  3. Send a cease-and-desist letter threatening to sue. (Suing is not practical unless you can prove financial damages, and the amount you’re seeking to be reimbursed is higher than the legal fees, and you have time to spend on it.
  4. Go public and call them out on social media.

It’s worth noting that often a polite request is enough.

What Not to Do

It’s really important that you don’t accept any offer of payment from the offender. Accepting payment can be seen as an agreement to terms you haven’t seen. This would also make pursuing any legal options significantly harder.

The Indie Author’s Guide to Managing Plagiarism: Member Opinion 

 

Chrissie L Parker

Chrissie Parker I have spent time dealing with one individual, as they have been using my content, copied and pasted in full with their name on, to earn money via pay per click. They are persistent and don’t believe copyright exists and my work is fair game. This has been a four year battle. I have chosen to deal with them as it was actually affecting my work as my target audience was reading my posts, then seeing the other persons and getting very confused over who had written it. It was affecting my reputation.”

Martha Louise

Martha Louise I did chase down four perpetrators on www.Slideshare.net which was affiliated with LinkedIn. LinkedIn Customer Support asked for additional information after I sent them a notice of copyright infringement. After I responded, those four disappeared from the site. They all had a number of books listed.”

Dawn Brookes I agree with others. Plagiarism is more serious and is a separate issue. In academia plagiarists are rooted out. I used to teach at the University of Reading back in the day and had written a number of articles for academic journals. After I moved to the Midlands one of my ex colleagues contacted me when a student submitted an almost identical piece of work (word-for-word) as I had written. My ex colleague recognised my work and the student failed! There are people out there who have no qualms about copying another author’s work. I hate that.”


The Indie Author’s Guide to Managing Plagiarism: How to Avoid Unintentionally Plagiarizing Others

Linda Gillard Plagiarism is also an issue for us as authors who might unintentionally plagiarise. Many authors have fallen foul of their own poor note-keeping (or claimed that was the problem.) I think it could be useful to have guidelines to avoid unintentional plagiarism and advice about what to do if a hideous coincidence suggests we plagiarised.”

None of us want to plagiarized anyone else. We’re all upstanding citizens, but you know how these things go. We take notes, copy and paste and they blend with our own thoughts and before we realize what’s happened, we’ve unintentionally plagiarized someone. So here are a few things to make your you record when you’re taking notes:

  • A links to the article if it’s digital
  • Full name of the book and the author name
  • Page number of the reference or quote
  • Copy the quote out and leave it in quotation marks in your notes as that’s a visual guide to indicate it wasn’t something you wrote
  • If you’re a visual person, you could make a note of always leaving quotes or references in another color

The Indie Author’s Guide to Managing Plagiarism: Readers

While publishing platforms plagiarism systems can throw up the issue, many authors find out about the copyright infringement from readers. Bloggers, book lovers, and other writers are revealing infringements and grouping together to protect authors from having their work stolen, and to put moral pressure on infringements. They rally round, do detective work and contribute evidence that can help an author to build a case.

 

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. PURE TRUTH ABOUT JEROME ARMSTRONG –  THE GREAT SCRIPT AFFAIR IN THE USA ?
    Dear  LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
                         I contact you as the person who possible heard about Jerome Armstrong “writer” andformer “Political Strategist”  and “Blogfather”, – regarding opening your eyes about him.
     And how Jerome Armstrong started with “his career as “”writer””, –  you will find out below  – and discover,  regarding facts and evidences of writer JEROME ARMSTRONG,  which kind of writer he was and he is, and in the text below you will find info, facts and evidence, how started writer s career of JEROME ARMSTRONG, – but I will start from the beginning :
                       My name is Aleksandar Skocajic, B- SC. mechanical engineer and amateur screenwriter, who in 1993 came up with the original idea to write an original screenplay for a feature film about a catastrophic volcanic eruption in the middle of a big city (megalopolis) in the USA. I checked, in addition to about 20 feature films about the volcano disaster that had been made so far, it had never been made like this. I completed the script, entitled MAGMA TOWN (VOLCANO OF DEATH) and registered it with the JAA Authors Agency for Serbia on August 17, 1994 (see attachment), and from September 1994 to May 1995, I mailed it to about 30 film companies and producers in Los Angeles, of which they 16 responded (see several Answers in the attachment).                        In November 1995, I accidentally saw a Trailer of about 1 minute on TV from the movie VOLCANO (which was in the process of being shot at the time), and I recognized several scenes that were identical to my registered script MAGMA TOWN, – I immediately suspected that it was probably plagiarism, so I contacted the company 20-th CENTURY FOX with a few letters with evidence that I was the original screenwriter. They answered me three times with inappropriate (and obviously intentional) procrastination (see attachment), obviously with the intention of misleading me, not to file a lawsuit before they finish the film, which is what happened, – opening date of VOLCANO, April 25 1997. (Almost the same as above happened with UNIVERSAL PICTURES around the movie DANTE S PEAK, but about that on another occasion).
           Around September 1997, I found and watched a pirated copy of the film VOLCANO and found that of the film credits stay that are : Jerome Armstrong (story / screenplay) and Billy Ray (screenplay) and detailed by comparison the movie with the text of my MAGMA TOWN script, I found about 250 scenes that were identical or very similar to my script (of which about 190 special and about 60 recurring scenes), which was proof to me  of the suspicion,  that my script was used to shoot the movie VOLCANO.  
    After the later detailed investigation I have revealed that :
    – that Jerome Armstrong along with the producer, Neal H. Moritz, sold at  November 03., 1995. his script VOLCANO to FOX 2000 PICTURES for $ 500,000.- that FOX started with shooting of VOLCANO in/about April 1995, – Premiere was at April 25. 1997. (also I have and more facts)
    and based of above presented evidences, and more other, I have reasonable doubt that :
    – that Jerome Armstrong committed the serious crime of plagiarism of my registered screenplay MAGMA TOWN, which he apparently found in the spring of 1995, that script of mine in one of the 30 Los Angeles film companies to which I had sent my script a few months earlier, – that during the summer of 1995. Jerome Armstrong little prepared- changed- rewriting my script (mostly changed dialogues), most of the scenes remained the same, – by which he committed the serious crime of plagiarism of my script and grossly violated my protected copyrights, for which criminal acts he is responsible to the Criminal Code of the USA – reckless theft of someone else’s work, also both,  in the USA and internationally Copyright law.
    –  that I don’t know that screenwriter Billy Ray and producer Neal H. Moritz knew about this plagiarism or that Jerome Armstrong deceived them as well, – just as FOX 2000 PICTURES, which bought the screenplay VOLCANO, was so obviously deceived.
    – after that I was trying to find Jerome Armstrong, but unsuccessfully through the years, there was any info and websites on Internet about him in that time
    – that as I recently discovered tha Jerome Armstrong made some kind of writer s career, and ask yourself how he started, – answer is with rough and pure  plagiarism od my registered script MAGMA TOWN, when he was 31 year old, and it is possible, with no me and my script MAGMA TOWN, which Jerome Armstrong had plagiarized illegally, rudely, and recklessly, he might never have made a career as a writer, – and now you can clearly see how Jerome Armstrong is began his career as an American writer and what kind of writer he really is.
    – that all this time, starting from 1997, I was trying to find Jerome Armstrong, but with no success (only about 5- 6 years ago, I find some Jerome Armstrong as  co-founder of VOX MEDIA, sent him an email, – nobody answered, – I thought, maybe it was mistake, – but it was not, – I know that today)
    – that finally about a month ago, after 24 years I found Jerome Armstrong,  I have got more info and sources on google.com about Jerome Armstrong, I made a hard investigation and finally discovered, that he is that Jerome Armstrong who is the writer of the VOLCANO script, and I gathered solid evidence and I found his current email address and sent him a contact email on June 09, 2021, he replied to me June 10, 2021, with pure lies: “I am not that Jerome Armstrong.” and I sent him another email telling him that I had all the evidence that he was that person, that I had all the evidence against him and that he was asking for compensation, – he ignored everything and stuck to the false claim that he was not that Jerome Armstrong, – which was a pure lie, so it was clear that he was avoiding compensating me. (Below is his email response from June 10. 2021.)
    – that here in Serbia there is an old folk saying that says: “WHO LIES, HE AND STEALS”, – so now conclude for yourself.========= Jerome Armstrong Jun 10, 2021, 10:46 AM (2 days ago) to me, jeromearmstrong, axxskocajic, axxskocajic Hi Aleksandar, I am not that Jerome Armstrong (see below). It is a different person. I do not know him, nor do I know anything other than his name being on that movie. Good luck with finding him):
    He presented below fragment from my email to him :I know that you know very well about me, from many sources, also as well as from the producer Neal H. Moritz, as well as that the film VOLCANO was shot using my original and on August 17, 1994 in JAA – AUTHOR AGENCY FOR SERBIA D.D., registered and protected script called MAGMA TOWN (VOLCANO OF DEATH) – see Certificates in Attachment, and which scenario with the Certificate of Registration I sent by mail to several addresses of film companies in L.A. starting from September 1994 until the summer of 1995. ==========- that in the same day I also contacted his former Partner in VOX MEDIA,  Markos Moulitsas, also Partner Jim Bankoff (possible frienda) – but they not answered to me, – obviously trying  to “protect” him on such a stupid way.
    – that above are only small number of facts and evidence v. writer Jerome Armstrong and if you are interested regarding this case, and what Jerome Armstrong did to me, – and also possible to some other people-writers worldwide, you can contact me , – I will be glad to respond.
    Contact email addresses for :
     Jerome Armstrong  :   [email protected]    [email protected]
     Markos Moulitsas  :    [email protected]
     Jim Bankoff    :     [email protected]

    Sincerely yours,
     Aleksandar Skocajic, 10050 Belgrade 22Grcica Milenka 4 a/41     Serbia    phone : ++ 38111 2836 304   call 10 AM till 3 PM California Time

  2. Pure truth about “writer” Leslie Bohem

    Dear LADIES and GENTLEMEN,

    I contact you because as I have found you were on some kind of contact in the past with US writer
    Leslie Bohem and you are also well aware that it is easy was referred to as “writer”, – see also the websites :

    https://www.assignmentx.com/2016/shut-eye-creator-leslie-bohem-on-new-hulu-series-exclusive-interview/

    https://www.fandom.com/articles/nycc-interview-isabella-rossellini-leslie-bohem-shut-eye

    https://www.slashfilm.com/hulu-shut-eye-les-bohem-interview/

    – regarding the facts and evidences I have regarding writer LESLIE K. BOHEM all of you can see which kind of writer he is, and in the text below you will find info, facts and evidence, how started writer s career of LESLIE K. BOHEM, – but I will start from the beginning :

    My name is Aleksandar Skocajic, B- SC. mechanical engineer and amateur screenwriter, who in 1993. came up with the original idea to write an original screenplay for a feature film about a catastrophic volcanic eruption in the middle of a big city (megalopolis) in the USA. I checked, in addition to about 20 feature films about the volcano disaster that had been made so far, it had never been made like this. I completed the script, entitled MAGMA TOWN (VOLCANO OF DEATH) and registered it with the JAA Authors Agency for Serbia on August 17, 1994 (see attachment), and from September 1994 to May 1995, I mailed it to about 30 film companies and producers in Los Angeles, of which they 16 responded (see several Answers in the attachment).

    In November 1995, I accidentally saw in some FILM MAGAZINE an article about shooting the movie DANTE S PEAK (which was in the process of being shot at the time), and from that text I recognized several scenes that were identical to my registered script MAGMA TOWN, – I immediately suspected that it was probably plagiarism, so I contacted film company UNIVERSAL PICTURES with a few letters with evidence that I was the original screenwriter. They answered me three times with inappropriate (and obviously intentional) procrastination (see attachment), obviously with the intention of misleading me, not to file a lawsuit before they finish the film, which is what happened, – opening date of DANTE S PEAK, February 07, 1997. (Almost the same as above happened with UNIVERSAL PICTURES around the movie DANTE S PEAK, was the same with movie VOLCANO, p. 20-th CENTURY FOX, but about that on another occasion).

    Around September 1997, I found and watched a pirated copy of the film DANTE S PEAK and found that of the film credits stay that are : Writter Leslie Bohem and detailed by comparison the movie with the text of my MAGMA TOWN script, I found about 80 scenes that were identical or very similar to my script , which was proof to me of the suspicion, that my script was used to shoot the movie DANTE S PEAK.

    After the later detailed investigation I have revealed that :
    – that Leslie Bohem sold in November 1995. his script DANTE S PEAK to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS for US $ 1,200,000.

    – that UNIVERSAL started with shooting of DANTE S PEAK in/about April 1995, – Premiere was at February 07. 1997.
    (also I have and more facts) and based of above presented evidences , and more other, I have reasonable doubt that :

    – that Leslie Bohem committed the serious crime of plagiarism of my registered screenplay MAGMA TOWN, which he apparently found in the spring of 1995, that script of mine in one of the 30 Los Angeles film companies to which I had sent my script a few months earlier, – that during the summer of 1995. Leslie Bohem little prepared- changed- rewriting my script (mostly changed dialogues), more of the scenes remained the same, – by which he committed the serious crime of plagiarism of my script and grossly violated my protected copyrights, for which criminal acts he is responsible to the Criminal Code of the USA – reckless theft of someone else’s work, also both, in the USA and internationally Copyright law.

    – that I don’t know that Producers Joseph M. Singer and Gale Anne Hurd knew about this plagiarism or that Leslie Bohem deceived
    them as well, – just as UNIVERSAL STUDIOS / UNIVERSAL PICTURES, – which bought the screenplay DANTE S PEAK, was so obviously deceived.

    – after that I was trying to find Leslie Bohem , but unsuccessfully through the years, there was no any info and websites on Internet about him in that time

    – that as I recently discovered that Leslie Bohem made some kind of writer s career, and ask yourself how he started, – answer is with rough and pure plagiarism od my registered script MAGMA TOWN, when he was 44 year old, and it is possible, with no me and my script MAGMA TOWN, which Leslie Bohem had plagiarized illegally, rudely, and recklessly, he might never have made a career as a writer, – and now you can clearly see how Leslie Bohem is began his career as an American writer and what kind of writer he really is.

    – that all this time, starting from 1997, I was trying to find Leslie Bohem, but with no success (only contacted him by phone twice, where
    he was extremely confused and in some kind od strong shock)

    – that finally about a few weeks ago, after 24 years I found Leslie Bohem, I have got more info and sources on google.com about Leslie Bohem, I made a hard investigation and finally discovered, that he is that Leslie Bohem who is the writer of the DANTE S PEAK script, and I gathered solid evidence and I found his current address in L. A., etc.

    – that above are just only small number of facts and evidence v. writer Leslie Bohem and if you are interested regarding this case, and what Leslie Bohem did to me, – and also possible to some other people-writers worldwide, you can contact me , – I will be glad to respond.

    Sincerely yours,

    Aleksandar Skocajic,
    10050 Belgrade 22
    Grcica Milenka 4 a/41
    Serbia

    phone : ++ 38111 2836 304 Call 10 AM til 3 PM California Time

  3. It’s heartbreaking to have your work stolen. Be vigilant about what you produce and who you send unprotected digital copies too. There are also many sites that claim to be selling original pirate books, but many of them just use the title and cover to scam people into giving them financial and personal information.

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