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Old 10-05-2011, 09:37 AM   #1
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Campaign to nail a plagarist

If you are a speculative fiction author, then you’re probably already aware of Boyer. If not, you should spend a few hours reading B-Thoughtful’s informative Blog and of course, the always-reliable Rusty Nail. Over the last few years, Boyer has openly and ruthlessly plagiarized over 60 authors, including big names like Dean Koontz, Richard Matheson, and Ben Templesmith. Perhaps more heinously, he has stolen from new authors who are just beginning to dip their toes into writing and publishing. A complete list of all of Boyer’s victims can be found here, in the sidebar.

Nothing seems to stop him. Not letters from lawyers or cease and desist notices from attorneys. Boyer complies with the notices, removes the stolen material, and then simply reprints it under another title using a new pseudonym. Perhaps most frustrating of all — by all accounts, Boyer lives below the poverty level, and as a result, a lawsuit against him would be pointless, not to mention extremely costly. Would you pay $10,000 in legal fees to sue somebody who plagiarized your work, only to find that when it came time to reward damages, all that person could pay would be pocket change and an old llama porn videocassette? And thus, there are a lot of frustrated writers who have been victimized by this bag of ****, and none of them see any end in sight.

Enter Ferrell Rick Moore, one of Boyer’s earliest victims. Rick has found a way to finally make Boyer pay, with criminal charges and the very real possibility of prison time. Rick has opened a Consumer Fraud case with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office (Boyer lives in Vincennes, Indiana). And that is where you come in, dear readers. Follow these instructions carefully, and please note that you DO NOT have to live in Indiana to participate:

http://www.briankeene.com/?p=9232

warning:salty language on blog


here is a blog that was started to document the plagarism-

http://b-thoughtful2.blogspot.com/20...-by-livia.html

i just thought this campaign would be of interest considering the nature of this board.

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Old 10-05-2011, 09:44 AM   #2
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A few hundred euros invested in some legbreakers might be the most effective action?
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:08 AM   #3
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A few hundred euros invested in some legbreakers might be the most effective action?
I'm from Italy, both the currency and the idea in your post make me think that we might be countrymen :-)

Jokes aside, this is the most negative thing about ebooks.

Another bad thing is people selling on the Kindle Store books that are "study guides" or "commentaries" on famous novels that are not available as e-book yet. Usually, target novels have a very long title, so that "study guide" does not show up when you browse the store from your Kindle.

Amazon refunded me once, but I'm pretty sure not many people take the time to even ask for a refund and those s***heads make money!

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Old 10-05-2011, 11:24 AM   #4
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Wow. Go Keene!

I hope this Boyer fellow is added to the end of a human centipede.
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:09 PM   #5
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Im from Philly and I know this guy...
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:01 PM   #6
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I actually wonder if the guy is perhaps a bit mentally ill. It doesn't seem like he's making any money off of it.

And if he really, really wanted to plagiarize or borrow stuff, there's actually a good deal of PD material he could lift.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:37 AM   #7
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And......?




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Old 10-06-2011, 11:24 AM   #8
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well he knows a guy.... sort of a problem solver
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:25 AM   #9
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Gentlemen - even in jest, intimations of violence are inappropriate.

Please do bear this in mind.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:16 AM   #10
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I actually wonder if the guy is perhaps a bit mentally ill. It doesn't seem like he's making any money off of it.....
[ "bit" mentally ill = "my tyres OK, it's just flat at the bottom".... Lazy phraseology....]

Don't know about that - if so, an awful lot of hackers, ( admired by a large community for their... courage, say, and nerve, do it because it's fun, a laugh, for political conviction, or just a challenge ) are cranially challenged too, as they don't make any money either.
Computer virus creators are something different, of course, definitely in the sandwich short of a picnic class...................
They do harm in all manner of ways, not always for money, and do need sorting.This guy seems just a strange kind of intellectual property thief.

Doesn't make it right, of course....
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So, I'm kinda new to the scene here... would this be the guy responsible for all the "copyright your work because the editor will steal it" scares?
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So, I'm kinda new to the scene here... would this be the guy responsible for all the "copyright your work because the editor will steal it" scares?
You AUTOMATICALLY hold a copyright to your work the instant that you create it. There is no process involved in doing so.
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irony can be pretty ironic sometimes

I don't know who xg4bx is in real life, but if he's not Brian Keene, then the entire first post in this thread is plagiarized from the linked blog.

Please, folks, let's remember to include attributions.

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You AUTOMATICALLY hold a copyright to your work the instant that you create it. There is no process involved in doing so.
Some years ago, I designed a piece of kit for use on mountains/mountainous terrain, and was advised to state on each numbered page of the design and drawings to print the word "copyright", name, and date, and deposit it with a lawyer, all as a "belt & braces" short-term protection .
Bit different to a book, of course, but I don't know if that would apply today, or indeed ever did !
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