Monday, April 23, 2012

Sign the Online Petition to Make Plagiarism Consumer Fraud



Protect Yourself.  Sign now.


Thank you Mr. Ramsey Campbell for being the first to sign!


But you can all help.

I've started the online petition you see in the upper left hand corner of my blog to bring pressure to bear on the Greg Zoeller, the Attorney General of Indiana, to enforce Indiana Consumer Fraud laws against publishers who plagiarize for profit like David B. Boyer.

His Deputy Attorney General, Tom Irons, Consumer Fraud Division claims he has no jurisdiction to do so, saying that the issue is really an intellectual property issue.  I say when publishers steal copyrighted works, then make them into physical products for sale to consumers that it's Consumer Fraud.  So I'm going over his head with this online petition.  We'll present our collected signatures to Greg Zoeller.  

I'm also contacting major newspapers around in Indiana and across the country to examine this issue in the public domain because it affects all of us.  If any of you know reporters who would be willing to examine the facts as presented at B Thoughtful's blog at http://b-thoughtful2.blogspot.com, please direct them there to see for themselves or have them contact me at rick@whitecatpublications.com 

Boyer's business associates include Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu among others.  I'll be starting another campaign to force them to use their massive computing power to check works they are publishing to see if they're plagiarized.  Let's face it- if B Thoughtful can do this all by herself and find the facts, these publishers who have massive databases of published stories can do the same.  They profit from their published plagiarisms just like creeps like David Boyer.

Enough's enough.

Sign the petition, will you?  Let's bring some pressure to bear on both law enforcement and the giant publishers.

The next novel, story or article that's stolen and published for profit could be yours.
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12 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Will do as soon as I get home. My office computer doesn't have the right flash player and I can't download anything to it by virtue of the powers that be.

Rick said...

Thanks so much, Charles. You're in good company with Ramsey Campbell!

JEFritz said...

I can't believe it's not consumer fraud. It's misrepresentation by lying to the buyer and by defrauding the author. Ridiculous.

Rick said...

Me too, JE. Let's get this changed. Tell everyone you know to sign the petition, will you?

G. B. Miller said...

Sad to think that even though large companies and the federal government goes after people for copyright/itellectual property infringement, this guy doesn't.

I signed your petition.

Rick said...

Thank you much, G.

Before long, Amazon is going to have to be taken to task as well.

Johnny Gringo said...

Well, flibbertyjibbitz! I guess I can't sign from the almighty iPhone, so I'll need to sign it when I get home. I completely agree; there absolutely SHOULD be laws in place for this!

aelizabethwest said...

Gah.

I heard about this from Brian Keene on facebook. I usually don't sign petitions, but as a writer with two active blogs and who is trying to publish, this is relevant to my interests. As a consumer, it is as well.

Too bad we can't nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Rick said...

Johnny- sorry about the iPhone thing, but thanks for the help.

Rick said...

Hi aelizabeth. This really should be Consumer Fraud. The petition will help get their attention. Thanks for your help.

draculatramp said...

Outright Theft, they should absolutely be criminally be punished for this. SIGNED!!

tyschwamberger.com said...

Signed, sealed and delivered!

Boyer is a roach that needs to be put out of its misery by someone's big black boot!