About reporting theft
So, I came upon a story in LJ that is direct copy of late Thamiris's In Principio. I haven't encountered the author yet, but I'd like to know if there's anything else I can do aside from facing the author directly? Should I report LJ abuse?
ETA: In Principio is not the only thing that the author plagiarized: He also plagiarized Thamiris's journal entries. See this thread for links. I have made an abuse report and informed the mods of tham_preserved at LJ, and I'm in process of informing the mods at the "author's" communities.
ETA II: Comment plagiarism, too. WTF?
ETA III: LJ Abuse hasn't responded yet, but some of the fannish communities that I contacted have reacted. He's been banned from slash and classics_slash (Thamiris was a member in the latter) and both scofield_sucre and pbslash have promised to act. Also, I've made a post at stop_plagiarism that is waiting for mod approval. ETA: pbslash has posted an announcement about what happened. There will be also an announcement at scofield_sucre . (Update: Announcement is up.)
ETA IV: thelana posted this info in ingrid's LJ-post:
"For what it's worth, boyan_fraser posted in my journal (like here)and I have IP tracking on. It lists his IP as 188.8.131.52. ip-address traces him to Belgrad, Serbia
IP address [?]: 184.108.40.206 Copy [Whois]
IP address country: ip address flag n/a
IP address state: n/a
IP address city: Belgrade
IP address latitude: 44.818600
IP address longitude: 20.468100
ISP of this IP [?]: Srpske Kablovske mreze - Serbia BroadBand (SBB) D.
Proxy: None / Highly Anonymous [Proxychecker]
Organization: IP Range for cable modem customers
Host of this IP: [?]: cable-89-216-183-201.dynamic.sbb.co.yu [Whois]"
ETA V: boyan_fraser's profile is also from Thamiris, and he has been plagiarized her from his first entry on. This just gets worse and worse.
Also, people have wondered if this story of his has also been stolen, although it doesn't seem to be from Thamiris. (According to this, it might be his own.)
ETA VI: Possible courses of action were brought up in this thread (courtesy of snacky), but because Thamiris didn't want her family to know about her hobby, her family members can't be contacted.
Also, LJ Abuse responds:
"Dear user bofoddity,
Thank you for contacting us with your report of this situation. Though the actions of this user are reprehensible, we are unfortunately unable to accept reports from persons other than the individual directly involved -- in this case, due to the circumstances, we would need to receive a report from a family member of the deceased user. We are not able to accept reports from concerned friends or other users.
If you have the ability to contact such a family member, I urge you to point them to the following link [http://www.livejournal.com/support/faq
Please note that in the case of possible copyright infringement, LiveJournal would require some additional information to be provided before investigation can take place. To file official notification of copyright infringement, a family member will need to follow the steps described at http://www.livejournal.com/legal/dmca.b
This information is required in order for us to be in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which defines the procedures to handle such reports. Once we have received this notification from a family member, we will require the user to remove the infringing material.
LiveJournal Abuse Prevention Team"
ETA VII: Journal is now being friendslocked. thedorkygirl has one page saved here.
ETA VIII: Thanks to jocondite, we have pages!
boyan-fraser's LJ before the locking.
Plagiarized post about cliches.
Plagiarized New Year's post.
Stolen In Principio, page 1.
Stolen In Principio, page 2.
Stolen In Principio, page 3.
Centim gets defensive.
More saved pages here:
The explansion of Centim's thread.
Journal before lockdown. (link will be updated)
More screencaps here.
These came from suzvoy:
Queer Confessions Of A Fanboy.
mz_bstone's thread on In Principio.
Post on feedback.
ETA IX: I received three files with screencaps from seperis, which can be uploaded from here:
An anonymous person also posted a file with boyan-fraser's posts here:
I won't be able to do more updates today, but I will edit the post with the updates when I return.
ETA X:More screencaps and saved pages. These were made by mally, uploaded by suzvoy:
meta on journal writing
intent to offer unsolicited concrit
recs/reviews of various scifi books
meta on the pressures of giving feedback/scifi quiz
thoughts on RPS
music rec for Falling You
5th June to 4th July
26th June to 29th August
2nd July to 4th September
29th August to 6th October
1st October to 4th November
meta on how words can have different meanings for different people
deciding not to complete his/her PhD
difference between 'than' and 'then', and feedback woes
ficlet from Iphicles' PoV, 'Patterns'
fic, A Measure of Now II (Ares/Iphicles, NC-17)
Caps by minotaurs:
Profile, Oct 03, Oct 05, Oct 06, Oct 17, Oct 19, Oct 19 b, Oct 23, Nov 01, Nov 02, Nov 07, Nov 10, Nov 15, Nov 16.
And apparently, he has apologied.
Let me know if I missed something.
Plain ETA: viva_gloria is locking the post where boyan_fraser showed up, so his comments and responses to them can be viewed here:
Shiny examples include:
Hi. Yeah, I know you hate my guts and I'm the last person you probably
want to hear from right now, but before you spontaneously combust from
rage, can I just ask you one question: how can you presume that you
know who I am and who I was to * (aka Thamiris)? And if I'm just
a "thief" would I be so stupid to steal and post the stuff in a public
See, there is a perfectly logical explanation -- but why bother, when
you've already chose what you want to believe in? So it doesn't matter
what I have to say, when you don't want to listen, right?
Okay, you can now resume hating me.
If there is a 'perfectly logical' explanation, then you should have
included it with every post. Otherwise--how are we supposed to know?
You weren't supposed to know. That was the idea. HER idea. And I've
already said too much.
I only uploaded the html-file, so it's very bare, but should be readable.
ETA: After managing to ignore it for hours and hours (*headdesk*), here's a link provided by willow:
All boyan-fraser's LJ Seek-saved posts. The overall count is 107.
ETA: The "apology" is gone, but it can be read here. I also have a back-up copy saved.
ETA: I'm happy to announce that boyan-fraser has been SUSPENDED.
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