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rjones6909 Oct 2015 2:07 a.m. PST

I've discovered two cases of individuals plagiarizing my work from my website, placing it on another website and presenting it as if it were their own material.

Plagiarizing copyrighted material by definition always shows a complete disregard for the rights of the copyright holder. However, it's one thing to take a copyrighted essay off my website, post it word-for-word on Facebook, and pretend that you wrote it. It's an entirely different level of unmitigated gall to not only plagiarize my copyrighted essay, but also to take the "Copyright Dr. Roy S. Jones, Jr, 2006-2015" notification at the bottom of my essay, remove my name from my copyright notification, and replace my name in the copyright with your own name!

And so ladies and gentlemen of the Academy, the award for "Boldest Plagiarist of the Year" goes to


I should probably get an MRI to make sure the plagiarist didn't also steal one of my kidneys. Hey, don't laugh: apparently what's mine is theirs! The new copyright notification on their Facebook post certainly says so!

Oh, and one bit of helpful advice to the plagiarist, to assist them in their cunning scheme: if you want to conceal the fact that you stole an essay written by Roy Jones, you might want to remove the two references to "Translation by Roy Jones" from that essay. Otherwise, some people might suspect that Roy Jones had something to do with it.


On a more serious note, I am (to put it mildly) NOT PLEASED. For details of both the case above and the other bold and blatant case of plagiarism and copyright violation, go to link

John Treadaway09 Oct 2015 2:50 a.m. PST

The web is an awful place for this kind of behaviour. You have my commiserations: I've had it happen to me and I know how you feel.

Every time someone takes a photograph from someone's website and presents it as their own, it's plagiarism pure and simple but it happens all the time.

John T

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Oct 2015 3:31 a.m. PST

Yeah it sucks. John T. is right.
I found pictures of my 15mm UN Vehicles for Bongolesia being used on another persons facebook cover page….

John Treadaway09 Oct 2015 4:08 a.m. PST

Yeah Murphy: I won't mention the name of the publisher who took images from my Slammers site, ran them through a filter in Photoshop to 'posterize' them slightly, and then used them in his rule book without a please, thankyou or an acknowledgement.

But you might be able to work it out without my help….

John T

GarrisonMiniatures09 Oct 2015 5:43 a.m. PST

Once had someone publish an article about a terrain system I invented, but their claim was that they had 'developed' it so that's alright…

vtsaogames09 Oct 2015 6:19 a.m. PST

So far the only photo of mine on someone else's page was creditied to me. It was a start to see it.

Maddaz11109 Oct 2015 7:27 a.m. PST

about 18 years ago, I came up with a system that played similar to Saga .. I took it to a few events and had six players in total (not anyone connected to saga).

Saga then becomes a sensation! – I feel so dumb for not trying to get my game further…

Ryan T09 Oct 2015 9:22 a.m. PST

In 2004 I did the research and drawings for a sheet of decals sold by HOBBYDECAL out of Korea. The decals were for the stenciling found on the Japanese A6M Zero.

Some time afterwards Tamiya released their 1/32nd scale model of the A6M2 Zero. The decals in the kit also portrayed all the stencil markings, including several of the errors that had been made on the original decal set.

Plagiarism is unfortunatle not confined to the internet.

bsrlee09 Oct 2015 9:26 a.m. PST

Looks like Facebook has obliterated the offending content, not even a page with blank spaces.

jeffreyw309 Oct 2015 9:34 a.m. PST

Yep, it's gone.

McLaddie09 Oct 2015 2:49 p.m. PST


Any kind of plagerism--using writing of others outright is wrong and nothing less than stealing.

However, there is no 'content' plagerism, per se.

You give these two examples:

Example 1

My original material:

There's confusion on the part of many, however, on who the Marines were. Partly it's due to language. Since "Marine" in German means "navy" or "naval", some people mistakenly think that there WERE no German Marines. They think that the word "Marine" must be referring to sailors and naval landing parties. Not true!


A) There were sailors who would form a naval landing party or landing corps (Landungskorps) during a colonial war or expedition.

The plagiarized material: There's confusion as to who the German Marines were, and some mistakenly think that there were no German Marines, and that the word "Marine" must be referring to sailors and naval landing parties. Before the Great War there were sailors who would form a naval landing party or landing corps (Landungskorps) during a colonial war or expedition.

That is not plagerism. The information is the same, but not the wording or phrases.

Example 2

My original material:
In addition to the Landungskorps temporarily serving as infantry, the German Navy had a force specifically dedicated to the role of fighting on land. These men were specially trained as infantry.

The plagiarized material:
In addition to the Landungskorps, temporarily serving as infantry, the Imperial German Navy had a force specifically dedicated to fighting on land. These men were specially trained as infantry."

That is clearly plagerism. Where the issue of plagerism becomes a judgment call [pun intended] is how much of the wording is identical or similar.

rjones6910 Oct 2015 11:37 p.m. PST

I had discovered two cases of individuals taking my work from my website, placing it on another website and presenting it as if it were their own material. Both issues have now been resolved.

After conducting an Intellectual Property investigation, Facebook has removed/disabled access to the plagiarized Facebook post.

And I received a prompt and gracious response from John Pike, Director of's webpage on Imperial German Marines has now been corrected so that I am properly cited and the original quotes from my essay on German Marines and sailors are used. In addition a link to my essay has been added as a resource for the webpage.

To see the corrected webpage, go to


Henry Martini11 Oct 2015 4:33 p.m. PST

Unmitigated, but not unlitigated, gall.

Ottoathome09 Dec 2015 6:35 a.m. PST

Why you can have a copy of the rules I write for free, but I will never send an electronic copy. Too easy to steal and plagiarize. Deleted by Moderator

Doing any sort of serious content electronically only guarantees you will give I away and people will steal it and try and sell it.

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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2015 2:20 p.m. PST

A few bad apples. Unfortunate. However, I've found gamers to be overall a friendly & generous bunch.

My SYW rules are free to anyone & I'll gladly send an electronic copy on request.

The Angry Piper10 Dec 2015 2:55 p.m. PST

I used to write book reviews online, once upon a time. I once reviewed the Shaffer play Equus and found my words repeated, word for word, in a review of a theatre production of the play somewhere in St. Thomas.

I sent an email to the editor of the St. Thomas newspaper informing him that someone on his staff ("staff writer")plagiarized me word for word. I never got a response. Call me crazy, but if someone is going to profit from my writing, I always thought it should be me.

For all I know, the editor may have been "staff writer" him or herself.

Also had one of my "angry rants" cut and pasted to eBaum's world for a "rant contest", by someone other than me. I contacted the site admins and informed them of it, and they removed it. But it still pissed me off.

This is why I don't publish anything online anymore, other than the pithy commentary here on TMP that you have all grown to love.

sebigboss7912 Dec 2015 8:48 a.m. PST

I guess it all depends who is stealing, ehem sorry using the material.

SOME people seem to get away with it and get applause while the originator is not "cricket" when pointing out the offense. I guess it takes all kinds.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2015 4:54 p.m. PST

Apologies to those who asked for a PDF of 'A Glorious War'.

I'm a bit overwhelmed by the number of requests & have nearly overshot this month's broadband allowance so be patient & I'll send the rest away next week.

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