anonymous asked:

thoughts on Thatswhatshesaid?

I thought this was coming! I hadn’t posted about it because frankly I was still forming my opinion.

For those who haven’t seen, a woman named Erin Pike just ended a brief run of her show that’swhatshesaid, where she examined the roles (and lack thereof) of women in the 11 plays listed by American Theatre as the most-produced plays of the 2014-2015 season by lifting dialogue and stage directions from them and forming them into her own show. She received a cease and desist from Sam French specifically for her use of text from Bad Jews, which she then removed from the production but retained the rest of the text and read the cease and desist letter onstage. More publishers and playwrights have come forward to dispute her plagarism and/or fair use of the text.

@mildlybitter wrote a great article really examining the legal repercussions and fair use with regard to this production, and as she actually is a lawyer and a feminist and a theatergoer, I trust her take on the whole thing.

I think the statement Pike is trying to make is valuable, pointing out that even shows we think of as having strong female leads (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Venus in Fur are included in her list) still may be lacking in the way they portray women. And I don’t think she’s trying to perform Bad Jews or Vanya Sonia verbatim (where in my mind the copyright issue would come in), just to comment on them as part of a larger conversation.  I’m also looking at how David Adjimi’s 3C was eventually cleared of charges for copyright infringement because it was “transformational use,” which seems to apply here too.  Because of that, I think it would fall under fair use.

All that said, publishers have licensing on how text can be cut and reproduced, and odds are good she’s violating those rules, so I can see why this happened.
A.N. Leclerc PLAGARIZED my story "Innocent Fire" WORD for WORD.

The story is mine from beginning to end, they didn’t even edit it, just changed the names from j2 to random ones. This shit pisses me off so much. I honestly feel like deleting everything i have ever posted; i feel violated. Lowlife pieces of shit like this bastard can just STEAL months of work and then have the NERVE to sell it for profit…it sickens me. I’m done. I’m just done.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t buy this 1) it’s on my archive of our own account for free; and 2) COMPLAIN AND REPORT.


anonymous asked:

With the emergence of that Oh Yeah Wow article, esp this close to the tour, I can /feel/ that things are about to get very awkward, very fast. I agree that this kind of thing should be talked about but I'm really, /really/ not going to enjoy seeing the boys called out on this (as much as it needs to happen). It sounds dumb but it's hard seeing your faves called out on doing something like that.

I know exactly how you feel. Ben absolutely needs to answer for his actions, but unfortunately and unfairly, when this story starts gaining traction it’s going to reflect badly on the boys, more than on him.

Based on Oh Yeah Wow’s tweet, it looks like they tried to address this with Ben’s production company privately, but didn’t get anywhere, so Ben’s doubly at fault here; first for ripping off the idea and again for unnecessarily forcing this conversation into the public sphere.

anonymous asked:

i Haven't read the story myself... but apparently the Daily Mail has now picked up the story about the copying Oh Yeah Wow thing!

And it begins.

Ben Winston is going to have a hard time dodging this, now that it’s making mainstream news sites. It’s just a shame that exactly as predicted, the majority of the language in this article (including screencaps of the early complaints from Oh Yeah Wow) implicates the band, not the production company or director for the fault.

Heavy sigh.


This person stole my J2 fanfic  “Silk and Steel: and is now selling it on Amazon… fucking A i can;t udnerstand this. I’ve locked my stories and done everything i can to protect my work but this keeps happening. And it feels like a punch to the gut every damn time!

Please help me report this to amazon !!
Educate Yourselves

Probably the best writeup on Cassie Claire, explaining why much of the HP fandom will not support her on principle. Please educate yourselves.

And yes,I have read the City of Bones. The only thing that salves the anger that such a blatant, mediocre Harry Potter / Twilight / Star Wars ripoff was published is reading the one star reviews on Goodreads.

Watch on

anonymous asked:

Did you see Ben favorited a tweet about the plagiarism? I guess he thinks it's a big joke.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Jesus, that is so fucking disrespectful!

You know what, I was all for polite discourse, but for him to not address Oh Yeah Wows concerns privately, let all of this be dragged out into the public eye, so it sullied the boys’ reputation and then to handwave the legitimate claim like it’s not even worthy of him addressing? This is such an arrogant, douchebag move and he deserves absolutely everything he gets.

Rip-off Artist

You may have heard the gross news that actor Shia LaBeouf based his new short film on a Daniel Clowes story, taking scenes, visuals, and numerous lines of dialogue exactly from the comic:

The story “Justin M. Damiano," is reprinted in our recent book The Daniel Clowes Reader, along with an excerpt from an interview with me in which Clowes talks about the very personal nature of the comic. It’s a great comic about criticism and the disturbing (and often unacknowledged) reasons that drive people to write it.

50 Shades of Grey is a rip off of 2002 film 'Secretary'

WhY is nobody talking about this??

The main guy’s name is even Mr.Grey.

And I assure you, in the end their relationship really is all about nurturing and it’s actually a really fucking adorable film so I suggest everyone goes onto American Netflix and watches that this weekend instead.

It’s got Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader in it. Srsly. Go watch.


my reaction to his version:

seriously mr. kingston?

i wish you had  chosen another song to plagarize (that is if you didnt ask the true composers of the song -its in fact NOT a shinee song…)

the thing thats killing me is everyone at school is gonna be into this song soon. 

and for that mr. kingston,