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|“||Plagiarism seeks to conceal the source, while allusion seeks to reveal it. In creative writing (poetry, fiction, drama, memoir), you may indeed include allusions. These are references to other texts that extend your meaning.||„|
—Frequently Asked Questions about Plagiarism, Hope College, http://www.hope.edu/lib/plagiarism/faq.html
Accusations of plagiarism are a recurring theme in fan fiction communities. They bring up issues such as what to do with guilty parties, how archivists should handle it, feelings of being plagiarized, why people plagiarized, and if fan fiction is itself nothing but plagiarism. Indeed, there are issues which the fan fiction community simply cannot resolve involving plagiarism because of the legally nebulous area that fan fiction occupies: there is no remedy if some one is found guilty of plagiarising in fan fiction. 
The fan fiction community has traditionally treated the copyright issue as a legal issue and the plagiarism issue as an ethical issue. This is an important distinction both historically and culturally in how the fan fiction community approaches the issue.
This is supported by copyright law. Nowhere in Title 17 of the United States Code is the word plagiarism used. Offering legal defenses for plagiarism or condemning plagiarism for its illegality is thus moot. Plagiarism can be part of copyright infringement but it is, in and of itself, not necessarily infringement. It is not relevant to the discussion.
It should be noted that there are parts of the fan fiction community which have ties to the Organization for Transformative Works, acafen and Harry Potter fans that are plagiarism apologists. Their views are not considered mainstream. Their support of plagiarism is based on a sliding scale of fandom morality, where they see other offensives as more agregious. This is explained by franzeska as follows:
- *shrug* Vast portions of fandom are severely lacking in the moral compass department. I'm usually more bothered by fans who post other people's real names or cause intentional drama than by those who've done something stupid in their fanfic. 
Below is a timeline of some plagiarism related fan fiction events.
Timeline of plagiarism events in fandom
- In early July of 1997, there was a kerfluffle on alt.tv.x-files.creative regarding plagiarism and the policies of the Gossamer archivists in how they dealt with those accusations.
- In November 1997, H. L. Moore, an X-Files fan fiction writer, had her story "Forgiven" plagiarized by a Silk Stalkings author.  The same Silk Stalkings plagiarist also stole Kipler's "How the Grinch Stole R'Hood."
- In December 1997, alt.tv.x-files.creative had another debate regarding what is and is not plagiarism. The thrust of one argument that fan fiction itself is plagiarism so when some one steals word for word some one else's work, it isn't so much plagiarism as it is copying. There was much disagreement over this. The major participants in this discussion included Marianne, Elixia, Kipler, Dawson E. Rambo, MSR XFiles, Phetsy Calderon, Circe and Patricia S. Martinez. 
- On April 24, 1998, it was discovered Anya plagiarized Jennifer Wand's Sailor Moon fan fiction. 
- The FAQ for alt.tv.er.creative published in October 1998 specifically mentions plagiarism, demonstrating that this behavior is not to be tolerated when it says:
- I've been asked to say something about plagiarism so OK, here goes. First up, IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE TO DELIBERATELY COPY THE WORK OF ANOTHER AUTHOR. Plagiarism is wrong, pure and simple. Don't do it. 
- Around February 1999, an author calling herself "Naughty Nanny" plagiarized Star Trek, X-Files and Lois and Clark stories and changed them to The Nanny stories.  One of the authors who was plagiarized was Ilsa, a Star Trek fan fiction writer.  Another author plagiarised was the Star Trek fan fiction writer, imz.   Another author plagiarized was Ruth Gifford. 
- Around July 1999, Fortune Amethyst Macaire plagiarized several Forever Knight stories and turned them into Buffy: The Vampire Slayer stories. Included in the authors plagiarized by Fortune Amethyst Macaire were Nightlady, Sue Clark, Texasbrat, Mistress V, Caroline LaRoche, April Ruskin, Shelia Turner, Carrie Krumtum, Lilywhite Lilith, Tyra and Debra Ann. 
- In August 1999, Missy Pennington discovered that and "archive has almost 200 stories and 169,000 hits, and "Hardball" was obviously one of the first stories archived there." These stories were taken word for word from English stories and translated to Spanish and posted as written by the translator. 
- Around November 1999, JosieChung's X-Files stories were plagiarized and posted to a La Femme Nikita sited called Storyboard I. 
- In August 2000, the website FanfictionCentral.net was accused of plagiarizing a fan fiction guide written by The Outer Senshi Trio of Tim Nolan, Amanda Anderson, and Jackie Chiang; the site was said to have quoted large chunks of material without citing the original source. Anderson later reported that the matter had been settled to their satisfaction. 
- Late September saw one of the early instances of Cassandra Claire having her work copied. An author had posted Cassandra Claire's work to FanFiction.Net under the name Cassandra C1aire. This was reported by Heidi8 and Cassandra Claire. The story was removed from FanFiction.Net because of the plagiarism and misrepresentation of the author. 
- In September and October, Chris Loffler plagiarized some one's reviews.  The plagiarized content was published on eopinions.com. 
- In mid 2000, the owners of The Complete Clue Guide and Murder & Magic engaged in a temporary mutual boycott of each other's websites, each accusing the other of stealing content.  The conflict was eventually resolved. 
- On May 14, 2001, the Harry Potter fan fiction community that surrounded Cassandra Claire became aware that a thirteen year old author was plagiarizing Cassandra Claire on FanFiction.Net. Cassandra Claire's fans were appalled that some one would plagiarize Cassandra Claire.  Cassandra Claire's fans were leaving her reviews that could be construed as harassing because the author plagiarized their favorite author, Cassandra Claire. Cassandra Claire told the members of ParadigmOfUncertainty "I also agree with the people who say to give this kid a break -- she's only 13 -- and like I said, I'll deal with it. ;)"  and offered a "cookie" for one of the chapters for her stories. Cookies are short extracts of a story or chapter, designed to entice the reader to read the fic. Notice the behavior pattern: Cassandra Claire's fangirls were being extremely mean and harassing. Cassandra Claire was made aware of her fans' behavior. Rather than clearly tell them to stop, she offers one throw away line and then tries to make everyone feel better. This type of behavior foreshadows the events of Charity Wank where the fans are not told to back off and stop behaving badly. Interestingly, this would have been a good time for Cassandra Claire to discuss her own borrowing found in her stories as it made for a good parallel with the current situation.
- On June 22, 2001, Cassandra Claire was kicked off FanFiction.Net for plagiarizing Pamela Dean. It would later come out that she had plagiarized extensively from more sources than just the one that got her kicked off FanFiction.Net.
- Around July 2002, Cryst98014 discovered that her X-Files story, "Ribbed: For Her Pleasure" was plagiarized by a Buffy: The Vampire Slayer author named Denna. Another Buffy: The Vampire Slayer or a sockpuppet of Deanna named Buffybot also plagiarized "all paths lead to you" by AgentXsley. Apparently the author responded on an X-Files mailing list saying that she was just doing it for laughs and in tribute to her favorite author, Judith Viorst. 
- Around October 2002, it was discovered that LittleOni plagiarized two Tenchi Muyo authors, Diane Long and Hospitaller. LittleOni also plagiarized a Sailor Moon story. 
- In late October 2003, alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative debated what constituted plagiarism. People sought to define it and to answer the question of if you can plagiarized ideas found in fan fiction. People who participated in this discussion included Paul Gadzikowski, Jane Davitt, Peter Meilinger, Darth Spacey, Sam James, and Knights Errant. 
- In July 2004, a thread was created on MediaMiner.Org by Lady MacBeth titled "Plagiarism - Please Help Stop Its Spread ". 
- "November 19, 2004: The date Kagezuchi posted Big Bad Hinata on FFN. (Screencap here.) Given the date that the story was first posted, which appears to be the earliest version, and that this one goes on for chapters and chapters in the same style, it appears that the original author is Kagezuchi." 
- On January 10, 2005, it was discovered that Preetybird plagiarised Spikesfool and herself. 
- On March 5, 2005, it was discovered that Darlawinifred plagiarised Kantayra. 
- On March 5, 2005, it was discovered that Spikesgirl4ever plagiarised Laure Alexander. 
- On March 8, 2005, it was discovered that Buffy Williams plagiarised Hilary. 
- On March 16, 2005, it was discovered that BtVS_4_Life plagiarised Bittenandstaked. 
- On June 14, 2005, it was discovered that anime-fan993 plagiarised Hieiko. 
- On September 10, 2005, it was discovered that buffy89 plagiarised no1slayer. 
- On October 16, 2005, it was discovered that Spikestar plagiarised gia6seconds and Evil Willow.
- On October 18, 2005, it was discovered that Elin plagiarised Jerzeyanjel.
- On December 7, 2005, it was discovered that Sexyfufu14 plagiarised Chelle and Sabershadowkat.
- On January 18, 2006, the plagiarism blog, Plagiarism Today, discussed plagiarism in fan fiction. 
- On January 23, 2006, it was discovered that Cuddly_kitten2135 plagiarised Always_jbj, Amanda K., AngelsLame, Burnzitt, Christine B. Smith, Dennydc, Elizabeth Anne/ElizaDeath, Elysian, Enigmaticblue, Fer1213, Jennifer Crusie, Jeremy M. Usher, KellyHK, Kur, Lona T, mommanerd, Myfeetshowit, Nautibitz, Patty Anne, raven39_25, Redwolfoz, Sanguinary, Speaker2customrs, Spikesfool, sueworld2003, Wissixwe and others. This plagiarism occurred in the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer community.   
- Plagiarism continued to be a problem in the Harry Potter fan fiction community with authors such as Gypsy and its_art having their work plagiarized and posted to the Harry Potter fan fiction archive, HPStories.com. 
- On February 4, 2006, it was discovered that Darkdreamer plagiarised over 20 people. 
- On April 10, 2006, it was discovered that Narcissus in Chains plagiarised agtkrycek, Angelrhose, beellegee, Black_Rose_Fallen, Chaos Dragon, Kalika, Lisa_Evelyns, Marasmine, Melanie Eden, Miguellawolf, bleedtoblue, Narcissus Unchained on Pomme de Sang, Raintiger, SatiricalPhilosophy, PDS, saturdays_angel and WishUponAStar. The fandoms involved were Anita Blake, Prison Break, and Supernatural.  
- In May 2006, the CSI community dealt with some issues pertaining to a plagiarism problem in the community. 
- On May 20, 2006, it was discovered that Bonanza1438 plagiarised LaDySiN. 
- On May 26, 2006, Ronin S Oath plagiarised vain_chan and swgmigraines, alfirin_kirinki, Slug, Lynch, and Snowfire6392. 
- On June 7, 2006, SaimiChan plagiarised Ralphiere, Limey and Asrella. 
- On July 1, 2006, Ponine Therander plagiarised Claire, Lydia, Alexandria, Etienne Noret, and Mlle. 
- "Posting date: before July 23, 2006: On Naruto Central, TenTen has a copy of Big Bad Hinata . ( Screencap clip 1, Screencap clip 2.) From what Inuyonas states below, this version was up prior to writing his version of Big Bad Hinata." 
- July 23, 2006: At Anime Spiral, Syrus Magistus has a copy of Big Bad Hinata. (Screencap, clip 1, screencap, clip 2.) 
- In November 2006, Kytes copied, word for word, several fanfics by authors Erse, Maryadavies, Celeste9, Lucrecia LeVrai and Alicia Godin. After insisting that the stories were his and being ridiculed by various authors for saying so when there was obvious proof against his claims, he then pretended he was a troll who did it "to teach everyone a lesson". He promptly vanished off Fanfiction.net soon after. 
- In November 2006, Adora's Lord of the Rings fan fiction was plagiarized and posted to FanFiction.Net. The plagiarism involved taking chunks of her stories and incorporating them into a larger work. The situation was resolved by November 22, 2006. 
- "December 12, 2006: On Ficwad, Inuyonas began a fic also titled Big Bad Hinata. (Screencap here.) He states here that he got the idea from Naruto Central (where Ten Ten’s version is posted). (Screencap here.) The very first part has similarities, including Hinata waking up in an odd mood, dunking her sister’s head in the toilet, and chocking Neji. However, the dialog is done in the writer’s own words. (Other than the line "Remember Neji you are my bitch!!" being remarkably similar to Kagezuchi’s "Remember, Neji, you’re my bitch." Well, similar minus the proper punctuation.) However, after that, the story appears to go its own direction." 
- In 2007, it came out that a 12 year old published author plagiarized a piece of French Highlander fan fiction.  The author plagiarized a story by Fédéric Jeorge titled Des cendres et du vent written in 2001. 
- "April 29, 2007: Arashi has a copy of Big Bad Hinata  posted at Naruto Forums. (Screencap here.) Again, this is word-for-word of the first few pages of Kagezuchi’s fic." 
- The Cassandra Claire plagiarism situation continues to be brought up in reference to her professional publishing, along with debate regarding if you can plagiarize yourself after it was proven that Cassandra Claire lifted parts of her fan fiction and put them into her professionally published novel, City of Bones.
- In May 2007, FanWorks.Org had a problem with Panic! At the Disco fans plagiarizing stories. The worst offenders seemed to be people who took role-playing stories from various blogs and posted them as their own fan fiction. The site owner announced that if too may more incidents happened, he would delete the category. 
- "May 1, 2007: Also on Ficwad, Ino has a word for word version of the beginning of Kagezuchi’s Big Bad Hinata. (Screencap here.)"
- "On May 8, 2007, fairady reported finding seven different postings of the same fic, Big Bad Hinata, by different persons." 
- On June 5, 2007, the YouTube user crazybeautifulheart plagiarized Livejournal users spikeylove, tamibrandt, and seven other people. The detailed report is here.
- In late June 2007, it gets discovered that TraceZBullet is posting other people's CSI stories, mostly Grissom/Sara fics, as her own on FanFiction.Net. 
- "On June 14, 2007, jagwriter78  reported that Ptftulsa (profile here) had created two different videos that used clips from jagwriter78's video as well as from humansrsuperior, and posted it on YouTube. The detailed original report is here. As Jagwriter indicated, the videos in question not only had many of the same sequences, but also had the watermarks. I contacted Ptftulsa, who did not reply. However, both videos have since been removed. And currently, at least, it does not appear that the videos s/he has on YouTube have watermarked clips. I will add Prftulsa to the list of known plagiarists." 
- In late July 2007, CSI Grissom/Sara writers discover that TraceZBullet is still plagiarizing stories on FanFiction.Net.  They note that TraceZBullet admitted to one of them that they would not have plagiarized the author if she had known how well known the author was. TraceZBullet admitted to continuing to plagiarize lesser known authors and saw no problems with it.
- In mid July 2007, posters on FanLib discuss plagiarism. Some posters believe that you can plagiarize ideas. Others don't quite agree. 
- On July 7, 2007, the stop_plagiarism community summarized the plagiarism case involving the fanfiction Big Bad Hinata. "While I have received no response from any of the parties involved, given the dates of posting, as well as the nature of the copies being the same word-for-word first few pages, I am finding Arashi, Cloudmaster, Icyscorpio, Ino, Syrus Magistus, and TenTen responsible for plagiarizing. Their names will be added to the list of plagiarists." 
- On July 28, 2007, it was reported that Nightstrider plagiarized nine people. .
- On August 24, 2007, hotspur (aka delafere42 and speakmefair) plagiarized setissma and penknife. 
- On August 30, 2007, DarkElements10 (aka BlackElements) plagiarized GrumpyMagrat and magratconvert. 
- On September 4, 2007, MysteriousDarkSoul plagiarized fan art by stefynik.
- On October 5, 2007, Darkness4mWithin plagiarized jenncho and maxichan.
- On October 15, the Livejournal community, stop plagiarism, announced they would no longer investigate cases of video plagiarism. This lead to the creation of a sister site, dontstealvideo.
- On October 21, 2007, AsaruKatarin plagiarized sgatlantislight, blimey icon, asscension, uglybussiness and blackgoddess. 
- On October 25, 2007, stop plagiarism summarized the case against awwsugah, who plagiarized several people. 
- On November 18, 2007, Extremejb plagiarized leviathan101 (aka RedK Rush), and raspberry splat (aka Lexcelsior), and humansrsuperior.
- On November 18, 2007, Humansrsuperior66 plagiarized humansrsuperior and Lane L. Gibson. This involved the Smallville fandom.
- On November 23, 2007, Orlisgurl13 (aka Laci Boyd) plagiarized Ada Achlys, Camilla GoE, Cassandra Claire, and seaislewitch. This involved the Harry Potter fandom.
- In December 2007, Heidi8's plagiarism was discussed in the context of her involvement as a legal representative for the Organization for Transformative Works. 
- On January 4, 2008, it came out that a fan fiction writer named boyan-fraser plagiarized Thamiris.  The plagiarism extended beyond the stories but also went so far as to include plagiarizing comments in reply to the story.  The reaction against this plagiarism was fueled by feelings relating to the fact that Thamiris has passed away. This means that, in the case of reporting this plagiarism to LiveJournal, it may be more difficult to get it removed as the site's policy may still be "to ignore copyright violations unless the copyright owner is the one making the report." 
- On January 7, 2008, t_w_o (a.k.a _nocturn_ and vixe_icons) plagiarized icons from smelltheflowers (a.k.a. raptureicons) and grrliz, posting them on the Livejournal community 0_i_t_y_t_0 (the initials stand for "I take, you take"). This involved Alice in Wonderland, The Beatles, Beauty and the Beast, Beyond the Sea, Harry Potter, and I (heart) Huckabee fandoms. Moderator spiralleds had this to say: "This marks the first time we’ve listed a community as a plagiarist. But given that the community is simply a platform by which one person operates, and at least half of the content has been verified to have been plagiarized, it seems like a logical extension." The stop_plagiarism moderators put 0_i_t_y_t_0, as well as Insane Journal's _i_s_i_ and Greatest Journal's _i_t_y_t_ on their watch list. 
- On January 8, 2008, Global Conspiracy plagiarized fanfiction by korinacaffeine (a.k.a. Fallacy). This involved Silent Hill and Harry Potter fandoms.
- On January 11, 2008, the LiveJournal community fanficrants discussed plagiarism, what it meant and consequences for it in fandom. 
- On January 15, 2008, Cara Gibson plagiazed fanfiction by utukki (aka Krista Perry). This involved the Final Fantasy fandom. The plagiarized story was posted on DeviantArt and a freewebs site. Upon contact from the original author, Cara Gibson apologized and removed the story from DeviantArt, but was unable to do so from her freewebs account. 
- On January 18, mikkisumari, aka (MikkiSumari69666 and sexylilbigurl69666) plagiarized fanfiction by venivincere. This was in the Harry Potter fandom. Mikkisumari explained that she was trying to spread knowledge of venivincere and added credit to the author once contacted. 
- Also on January 18, 2008, Barbie-on-Botox plagiarized a Death Note fanfiction by wickedpistil. The story was posted on DeviantArt. Barbie-on-Botox removed the story, and was banned from DeviantArt. 
- On January 20, 2008, She-Had-A-Chance plagiarized Dr. Who and Torchwood fanfiction from Alexis J Blue, chase820, WhoChick, Who-La-Hoop and Wired-Lizard. She-Had-A-Chance said the stories were given to her by a friend, and she had no idea that the stories belonged to someone else.
- On January 21, 2008, kk28749445 plagiarized Lyiint, MarikIshtar77 (aka theishtargate), tarie, and topaz_kat. Harry Potter, Inuyasha and Yu-Gi-Oh fandoms were involved. One of the stories, that by topaz_kat, was plagiarized from adultfanfiction.net.
- Also on January 21, 2008, ilsaluvsrick plagiarized Scrubs fanfiction from writing partners randomslasher and thuri (aka randomweavers), turning one of their stories into a Heroes fanfiction. Ilsaluvsrick took full responsibility for the plagiarism, removed the story, and posted a public apology. There was a good deal of support for ilsaluvsrick, which prompted moderator spiralleds to say, "I’d also like to add my appreciation of the generousness of the fannish heart. In response to Ilsa’s willingness to accept accountability, there has been a great deal of support for her to stay and to earn back the trust of her community. It’s reactions like these – plagiarists taking full responsibility for their actions and the community being firm, but kind – that make the work of stop_plagiarism worth it."
- On January 29, 2008, Itachi80 (aka KingItachi00) plagiarized Naruto fanvideos from Theo_Art, gejimayo, fioriparty, Axxie and Snowdragon. His original YouTube account was suspended, but he moved to Veoh, Daily motion, and Megavideo.com. He also created another account (KingItachi00) for himself at YouTube.
- On March 7, 2008, Taki-Kun plagiarized Naruto fanfiction by atanih88 (aka Hina88). Taki-Kun removed the story from her Fanfiction.net account on May 30, 2008.
- On March 15, 2008, a case of plagiarism in the Lord of the Rings real person fic fandom came to light on fandom wank.  It was discovered that namarie120 plagiarized Jane Eyre and professionally published the story. 
- In April 2008, plagiarism was discussed on Yahoo!Answers when some one wanted to know where they could post there original fiction where it was less likely to get stolen. 
- On April 8, 2008, Katie-Baum plagiarized fanfiction of at least 10 people in the Stargate and Doctor Who fandoms, as well as The Killers bandom and turned the stories into Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill entries. Sixteen stories were involved - eight were positively identified, three were implicated, authors - but not the titles of the plagiarized stores - were identified on three submissions, and the remaining two had no information.
- On April 14, 2008, David Fishwick plagiarized a Buffy: The Vampire Slayer story by dawnofme and a Harry Potter fanfiction by Kurinoone. 
- On April 17, 2008, Paladinstriker plagiarized Full Metal Alchemist fanfictions by theladyfeylene, anat_astarte and jadedsilk. The stories were subsequently removed by Paladinstriker.
- On April 18, 2008, Seita plagiarized writer83729 and wyvern girl. Both stories were from the Transformers/Beast Wars fandom and wyvern girl's story was copied from the fandom-specific archive, TransFictions. 
- On April 21, 2008, The Captains Quattro plagiarized some Doctor Who fanfictions of carlisle_coop and faithharkness (aka Lady Harkness) from the fandom-specific archive, A Teaspoon And An Open Mind, tweaking them into Life On Mars stories. In reply to stop_plagiarism investigators, she apologized, blaming a friend/muse named Rebecca for the plagiarism, and removed the stories.
- On April 24, 2008, ilsaluvsrick came to the attention of stop_plagiarism again. This time she plagiarized a The Fast and the Furious story by thisisbone and an Alias fanfiction by yahtzee63, revising both into Heroes stories. She also was found to have plagiarized lines from the published book A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Stop_plagiarism mods planned to contact various Heroes-centric communities to have them review the stories that ilsaluvsrick has posted. (Note: stop_plagiarism has this marked as an "Indefinite listing".) 
- On April 25, 2008, magickboxgirl plagriarized, in whole or part, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer stories by alwaysjbj, bloodytearslife, hollydb and Pattyanne, turning them into Tin Man stories. Magickboxgirl protested her innocence, saying she had never read any of the stories in question. She also told stop_plagiarism, "I did find it very offensive the way this was handled...", adding that she found plagiarism to be abhorrent. In the end, she apologized that it happened and her stories were removed from a number of Tin Man communities. Moderator sevvy_o praised the moderators of the Tin Man communities for their prompt action.
- On April 26, 2008, The Battling Bard posted two Lord of the Rings poems to MyFandoms.com which were "heavily influenced" by a fanfiction written by Terachi Kaishaku. The high degree of influence prompted stop_plagiarism to add The Battling Bard to the list of known plagiarists.
- On April 27, 2008, Terminatrix plagiarized Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles fanfiction by indiefic, JediMaster-Jen and MarieLightning, posting them on the fandom-specific CameronandJohn.com site. The stories and Terminatrix's profile were eventually removed.
- On April 28, 2008, Kigrl18 plagiarized Harry Potter fanfiction from darsynia (aka Ssergit) and The Hooded Menace as well as Twilight fanfiction written by The Rejected Spork. Upon contact about the first two stories, she took them down and claimed that someone hacked her Fanfiction.net account and posted them to get her in trouble. She maintained this position throughout stop_plagiarism's investigation. Soon after posting the final report, another case of plagiarism by Kigrl18 came to light. (Note: stop_plagiarism has this marked as an "Indefinite listing".)
- Also on April 28, 2008, dark_desires79 plagiarized bibi_bloom, taking a fanfiction from the Linkin Park bandom site lpfiction.com and turning it into a Supernatural story. Dark_desires79 eventually removed the story from her journal and apologized.
- On May 14, 2008, rensgurl4ever (aka Haoswife) posted plagiarized fanart by Archie-the-Redcat and Kipferl, as well as the doujinshi of Tsuru Tsuru, Chuchu, and Yui Mizushima, and the official Shaman King manga on her DeviantArt and YouTube accounts. Most of the pictures were taken from the Death Note and Shaman King fandoms. Many of the pieces were traced from the original mangas and altered to "add" an original character, but others were exact copies, without alterations or credit given. The original report stirred up a lively discusson on what constitutes plagiarism in fan art. On June 4, Rensgurl4ever admitted that she traced many pieces of art, and removed the reported images. However, she is still tracing artwork without giving credit to the original artists.
- Also on May 14, 2008, limulan (aka Chen06, Li Ping, Ping, Usagi Chibi and Marcella) plagiarized multiple fanfictions from the Detective Conan, Jane Eyre, Sailor Moon and X-Files fandoms. She would translate the stories into German and/or Italian and post them as her own. This is a repeat offense for this plagiarist.
- On May 30, 2008, wickedplotbunny (aka OdeToSpot and Darksaber) plagiarized stories by captainlogic, garnettrees, Quinn, Yum@, Jenny Downham, Pewter, Trialia, Charli Booker, Mog, alyse, Jennifer Lyon, Farfalla Caquí, Tripoli8, Philip Pullman, Corby, Jb and Jmas, Buttercup, theemdash, and dancy_dreamer. The stories came from the Before I Die, Doctor Who, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate: SG1, Star Trek, The Subtle Knife, and Torchwood fandoms. The amount of research done for this investigation was immense, and involved charts to keep track of all the materials.
- In June 2008 Bobmin356's story "Sunset Over Britain" was plagiarized by Austinhp91 on Fanfiction.net. The first chapter was posted, and an author's note added shortly afterward explaining that the story was Bobmin356's "Sunset" and could be found at another site. Said author's note was added after a Bobmin356 had made a public announcement on the forums and a review on the story itself that this author was a thief.
- On June 16, 2008, a poster on Quizilla named KidVicious7742 plagiarized a GazettE fanfiction by akichuu. The story was eventually removed from her page and profile.
- On March 29, 2009, jetsablog posted about the Twilight fan fiction story Russet Noon and the copyright, plagiarism issues involved with it.  This post was symbolic of several other similar issues going on in the Twilight community in response to the news of the Russet Noon book.
- angiepen: Plagiarism for $$
- Plagiarism and copyright violation
- It has come to our attention that one of our previous winners, A Hidden Passion by namarie120, has been accused of plagiarism.
- darklyscarlett: Plagiarism: A Not-Wank by darklyscarlett
- Aha, the line between plagiarism and fanfic! There, there it is! by icarusancalion
- Plagiarism by Mercedes Lackey in June 2004
- GRRR by miladyhawke
- Plagiarism, Pastiche, and Transformative Work (some thinky thoughts from a writing teacher) by miriam-heddy
- Zero Tolerance by telesilla on May 15, 2008
- Of Profiteering, Plagiarism and Parody: Fahim Farook on October 29, 2008
- Plagiarism, fandom, and Fanfiction.net by cschick on December 27, 2009
- Getting plagiarized material removed from FFN by cschick on fandom_lawyers on December 27, 2009
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