Prominent Food Blogger Discovers Plagiarized Ebook

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So what's the solution?

Though Amazon.com pulled down the stolen manuscript, Bauer said she doesn't think that goes far enough. She would like to see all ebook companies adopt a better way of dealing with reported and confirmed offenders by taking the following steps:

  1. Retract any plagiarized ebook from a customer account to which it has been downloaded. In 2009, Amazon.com deleted an edition of George Orwell's 1984 from customers who had downloaded it, but according to the New York Times article about that retraction, the company decided that would not remain their standard protocol going forward.
  2. Credit the customer the amount they paid for a plagiarized book.
  3. Withdraw publishing privileges from authors who violate terms of service.

"I don't care about the compensation," Bauer said. "I do care that there are dozens, if not hundreds of copies out there of my work with someone else's name on it."

Bauer is far from alone in this frustration. Just yesterday, Kalyn Denny of Kalyn's Kitchen lamented the prevalence of content thieves in this tweet:

Tweet from Kalyn Denny

If you're looking for more information about detecting and then stopping content scrapers, I encourage you to check out the following resources:

Have you had your blog content scraped and reposted on the web? Has it ended up in an ebook? Share your experiences and thoughts on this in the comments below.

Genie blogs about gardening and food at The Inadvertent Gardener, and tells very short tales at 100 Proof Stories. She is also the Food Section Editor for BlogHer.

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