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Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism - #9
« on: June 05, 2015, 02:59:22 PM »
Just thought I'd bring this back into the spotlight, especially for those who've never read it.

http://www.gofundme.com/standingagainstplagiarism

***update at #9***
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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2015, 03:16:50 PM »
Thanks for posting about this, David. Given my own recent experiences, I feel the urge to donate.  >:(

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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2016, 06:04:24 AM »
A year later, she is the topic of an article in The Atlantic:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/06/plagiarism-in-the-age-of-self-publishing/485525/

Stealing Books in the Age of Self-Publishing

One day two years ago Rachel Ann Nunes, who writes Mormon fiction and romance novels, received an email from a reader asking a strange question: Had she collaborated with someone named Sam Taylor Mullens? Nunes had never heard the name before. But the reader went on to say she had noticed similarities between one of Nuness novels, A Bid for Love, and another self-published book by Mullens. When the reader confronted Mullens about the parallels, she was told the two authors were simply collaborators. If that was a lie, the reader saidand it wasthen Nunes may have been the unwitting victim of plagiarism.

With that single exchange, Nunes found herself part of a trend affecting many professional authors in the age of self-publishing.
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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2017, 12:24:44 PM »
Another update, and some movement forward.

https://www.gofundme.com/StandingAgainstPlagiarism?viewupdates=1&rcid=r01-150151428238-384818075ea84cc3&utm

I've donated, and I'm hopeful she will win and thereby establish a precedent that will deter other plagiarizers or, if necessary, make it easier to win subsequent cases.


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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2017, 12:50:01 PM »
Wow!   :o   I'm just reading her story. This is unbelievable! Not so much the plagiarism part, but the shenanigans this woman has gone to after the fact. 

Thank you so much for bringing this to the fore. I didn't know about it.

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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2017, 03:26:37 PM »
This is awful. I read some of those posts. How can people live with themselves and act like this? (Rhetorical question.)  :'(

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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2017, 05:00:56 PM »
This is awful. I read some of those posts. How can people live with themselves and act like this? (Rhetorical question.)  :'(

The same way they can scam KU. They start with the premise that they aren't hurting anyone, and can make some nice cheddar doing it, with a side of laziness thrown in.


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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2017, 05:34:05 PM »
That's pretty wild  :( :o
I had seen plagiarism cases that when caught, the plagiarist dropped the book and virtually disappeared, I guess in a case of "Make money out of it while you can get away with it." But to think that in this case the woman would go so far to defend a work that is obviously stolen is a little amazing to me. I mean, what goes on inside her head that can possibly motivate that?
 

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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2017, 09:56:14 PM »
That's pretty wild  :( :o
I had seen plagiarism cases that when caught, the plagiarist dropped the book and virtually disappeared, I guess in a case of "Make money out of it while you can get away with it." But to think that in this case the woman would go so far to defend a work that is obviously stolen is a little amazing to me. I mean, what goes on inside her head that can possibly motivate that?

The scariest form of extremism is a nut job who thinks they're the good guy. I think we've seen that here.

The fact that it's taken so long for the case to be tried, with this much evidence and this much harassment from the plagiarist, casts a bad light on copyright courts. I get that legal stuff can take forever, but the plagiarist should be looking at not only copyright infringement, but also abuse of authority, harassment, malicious intent, tons of TOS violations, identity theft, and even child abuse charges. The fact that this hasn't led to serious news coverage, not to mention a second look at the ridiculously slow process of copyright court claims, is just sad.
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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2017, 12:44:44 PM »
Here's another update.

It's great that the other fight against RBH's shenanigans is being well funded, but this one also deserves support. If successful, it will help set a precedent that will make further actions against plagiarism more effective.

https://www.gofundme.com/StandingAgainstPlagiarism?viewupdates=1&rcid=r01-150826926251-22307640a403431a&utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=cta_button&utm_campaign=upd_n


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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism - #9
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2018, 07:44:46 PM »
Good news!

Summary judgment for Rachel Ann, and now the trial moves forward for further things. Read it here.

https://rachelannnunes.com/summary-judgment-in-nunes-vs-rushton-copyright-infringement-case/
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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism - #9
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2018, 03:50:46 AM »
Good news indeed!
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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism - #9
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2018, 05:16:12 AM »
So glad to see this very important step happen for Nunes. I think the copyright infringement decision is epic in a lot of way, and hopefully it will set a precedence. So many cases of blatant plagiarism have had no consequence in our industry, so to see the very obvious connection between the act of plagiarism leading to CI is heartening. 

I kinda snorted when I saw this quote from the latest article.
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Basically, Rushton was trying to get the case thrown out on claims that I acted with unclean hands, comparative fault, bad faith, failure to mitigate damages, estoppel, and laches. Go ahead and look them all up, if you want, but they are rather puzzling defenses. At any rate, on all of these, the judge found no merit and awarded us summary judgment.
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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism - #9
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2018, 05:19:13 AM »
Good news Summary judgment for Rachel Ann, and now the trial moves forward for further things. Read it here.

https://rachelannnunes.com/summary-judgment-in-nunes-vs-rushton-copyright-infringement-case/

Thanks for the update - and thank goodness for crowd-funding!

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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism - #9
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2018, 09:05:19 AM »
Good news, yes, but I feel heartbroken and angry for Nunes anyway because of the nearly four years she's had to wrestle with this thing -- which looks like it's going to stretch into even more time.  She mentions the two books she was unable to write.  What about her time with her family and friends, when she had to be angry, exhausted, heartbroken?  The toll all this stress has undoubtedly had on her health?

Looks like she'll end up with a verdict in her favor, and maybe a fair amount of financial compensation, but my god. I can't even imagine having to tangle with something like this for YEARS, and there's still no end in sight.

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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism - #9
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2018, 05:34:33 AM »
Yeah, it's not fair. There's no way she could even truly be compensated for everything she's gone through. But that's how this goes. I don't see any way to change it.
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Re: Update on Rachel Ann Nunes' fight against Plagiarism - #9
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2018, 07:26:28 AM »
I would have just bloodied his nose and been done with it.
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