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01 July 2008 @ 12:05 pm
What happened to ettiquette on the internet?  
Was talking to a friend today, she's an incredible artist and has a bunch of actor sites. We're on a mail list together and they keep taking her pictures without even saying THANKS, let alone, OH she did this. What is UP with that?

Its the same in fanfiction. One of my favourite author pairs was just plagiarised on Fanfiction.net.. I know, people keep saying but isn't fanfiction by its NATURE plagiarism. I think there's an element of degrees there. Fanfiction is our response to  a shared mythology. We play in other people's sandboxes. But by and large we do not wholesale copy their work either. And most fans even if its only because the site they publish on requires it would not hesitate to remember to put SO AND SO CAME UP WITH THIS, and mostly when they don't they get stepped on by other fans for being stupid. So why would they think just because they're playing in someone else's house, they can steal what their playmates are doing?

It happened to my room mate, she actually wrote a story and said OKAY pass it around, just leave my disclaimer and DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING. I found it on Fanfiction.net, the characters names were changed, and other little changes had been made. THE DISCLAIMER WAS STILL THERE. and what the heck was an NC-17 story with sex and some very interesting psychological control issues going on DOING ON FFN? Its absolutely above what their TOS allows for sex stories.  People confuse me sometimes.

So, I guess this is a plea. People work on stuff. On fansites, on stories, on screen capping movies, on whatever. IT IS WORK. It takes time. Its a labour of love usually, for an actor, for an actress, for a story, for a particular movie. BUT IT IS WORK. How the hell hard is it to say, see this gorgeous picture? SHE DID IT. He did it. I got it from over here  go visit this wonderful place? The internet, even if you have to pay for a connection by the minute, usually lets you compose your writing offline, and then post it up. It doesn't take more than a second, and its the right thing to do. CREDIT PEOPLE. Credit is what its all about. Asking first would be nice too, but that may be too much for me to hope for.

/end rant? probably not.
 
 
 
Kelikeli on July 1st, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
You rock!! You said that so eloquently too!! That is just terrible for your friend and her story. It has to be heartbreaking to have someone take your words like that. :(

I agree it is not hard for someone to credit another person. I think on the internet people feel they have rights to everything. I believe that's why a lot of people don't share with people anymore. Sad.
fluteaphrael on July 1st, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
The thing that was weird about her story was that it had this "go ahead and repost" disclaimer "but DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING and leave the disclaimer IN"

And this person left her by-line and the disclaimer BUT changed the names of the Characters and other details AND posted it in a forum that does not allow stories with the rating this one had. It was NC-17 and had EXPLICIT sex in it. Fanfiction.net doesn't allow that.

Why would someone put a story, with the original author's name on it and a DON'T mess with this disclaimer and MESS WITH IT? I got no damned clue. Its just totally bizarre. And on a forum that prohibits very explicit adult stories?

And taking art? Just NO. It's just wrong.
fluteaphrael on July 3rd, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Oh and in the nature of going and CREDITING THINGS. The background of my Beckitude=Awesome avatar is courtesy of the Marvelous Kel from the Skeesai galleries ... Go here http://skeesai.smugmug.com/

to see the most incredibly amazingly hot men (Esai Morales and Skeet Ulrich, although Mr. Morales is so many degrees hotter...its amazing my computer doesn't catch fire.)

Thank you Kel for the blank canvas for me to acknowledge how Magnificent that MAN IS.