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Modpost: Accusation of Plagiarism

On Monday morning, I received an email telling me that a recent fic here at Bloodclaim "seems very much like Twilight Time by Shadow - even some of the wording is the same". I took a quick look at the (then) single chapter that was up, and realised that, yes, there might be a problem. So, I spent several hours comparing the new fic with Shadow's Twilight Time, and ended up with, IMO, more than could be handwaved away as 'honest mistakes' or 'unintentional'. Paragraphs worth of potential problems.

I contacted the author of the problem fic and informed them that a complaint had been made, that I had investigated and decided that there was indeed enough similarity to warrant handing the matter over to stop_plagiarism so that they could make the final decision.

I did not do this lightly. I did not do this frivolously. I hate having to do this sort of thing. I am thankful that in the seven years (next month!) that this comm has been active, we have had remarkably little in the way of kerfuffles and wank and plagiarism problems.

This isn't just a matter of similar themes, a few plot points in common, an identical sentence or two. This was whole paragraphs, whole conversations, slightly reworked but still recognisable when viewed alongside the original.

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