There’s Only One Vera, bitch.

 

I’ve been writing for a long time. Some of you from my fanfiction days will remember me. Some of you who first joined my blog when I opened it back in 2009 will attest to it. Some of you are new to the Vera experience.  I have a lot of stories available and quite a few are free. I’ve inspired some people to start writing and I even had a few tell me they’ve ‘borrowed’ ideas of mine for their stories and creativity.

But I never had someone blatantly copy one of my works and try to claim they were the original author. That’s not even cool.

Luckily for me, I had several people tell me what was going on. The link to the imposter is here. I mean, you couldn’t even change the name of the story? Or even the storyline itself? You changed just the character names? How creative.

Now, I wrote that story five years ago and there’s evidence that I wrote it five years ago (gotta love the internet and backing up files) and it appears this person discovered the story just recently. Now, this does put me in a bit of an uncomfortable pickle that me and my husband have figured out several solutions. I am quite curious if this person had saved the entire story on a file and just uploading chapter by chapter or if they were going back to the ff.net site to get each chapter as it happens. If they’re doing the latter, I have news for them: Blow by Blow and the sequel, no longer exists.

Needless to say, I’m giving this person probably more than enough attention they could ever want by linking their site and encouraging all of you to go on their tumblr and express how stupid and unoriginal they are. Tell them Vera sent you. Oh and by the way, to the thief, I would love to see you steal the S&M series. THAT, I would pay money for.

And there you have it,

-V.

3 thoughts on “There’s Only One Vera, bitch.

  1. Chantale Reve says:

    Excellent post, Vera. (But, now, you know that.) Copyright registration — as opposed to just a copyright notice — is also important for other writers among your readers to know, and it makes filing a lawsuit smoother for the original author. Of course, as you pointed out, writers have proof of their creations. Hard-copy proof — from notes and sketches to previous drafts — is important as well.

    A number of years ago, I found my entire short-story series under some dude’s username, and I went 007 on his ass. I threatened the cyberthief, who was located in the Netherlands, with a lawsuit in an international court of law if he didn’t cease and desist with the plagiarizing of my short fiction. When I investigated and found out that the perpetrator had not copied any poems, I didn’t know whether to feel relieved or insulted.

  2. nicoleh73 says:

    Damn! The link is gone! I guess they got scared and took it down. People got some major balls! (they’re stupid too!)

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