Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Just change a few words here and there. . . NOT.

Few things make me angrier than cheating.  And in today's writing game there are two main ways to cheat.  I've already written more than you probably want to read (or for that matter have read!) about fake reviews and sock puppet "fans."

And I've written about copyright infringement, complete with the evidence.

As I wrote on my review of Sylvie F. Sommerfield's Fires of Surrender, this is one of the more blatant cases of copyright infringement I've ever come across.  How Ms. Sommerfield thought she could get away with it, I will never know.  Perhaps the tale of having an "assistant" who did the copying from Jan Westcott's The Hepburn was true; we may never know.

But for anyone who wants to see the evidence, I present it here.  I have copies of both books within five or six feet of where I sit at my desk.

I've highlighted some of the pertinent passages in the Sommerfield book; I tend to resist marking even duplicate copies of books I love.

From The Hepburn, by Jan Westcott, (c) 1950, Crown Publishers

From Fires of Surrender by Sylvie F. Sommerfield, (c) ? 1990, Zebra Books/Kensington Publishing Corp.

1 comment:

  1. My goodness! How many other authors have you stumbled on, who have done the same?

    At some point in time, I beg you to take a peek at Catherine Emm's Forbidden Magic and compare it to The Wolf and the Dove by KEW. Keep in mind, I read Forbidden Magic as a young girl and I still have the book, so I've definitely read it a few times in my life, but I would almost lay money down that Catherine Emm, which is a pseudonym for Kay McMahon, ripped that story off. They are so eerily similar in dialogue and situation, it baffles me. Even so, I loved Catherine Emm's version, although I cannot help but feel it was plagiarized somewhat? Also, that was the only book she had written under that pseudonym, too. She released one under CE and her original pen name, in the same year. Afterwards, she merely kept writing under McMahon. I would link scans and whatnot, but I'm afraid I'd not be as efficient at pointing it all out as you obviously are.

    I've tried getting a few girls to compare the two, to tell me I'm not crazy, but so far, none have!