Everyone knows Rowling and Meyer's stance on fanfiction and the fact both writers have gegeven a thumbs up of sorts. However, there is something I don't think either one of them would of approve of and it involves those Reading the Books
a lot of people are supposedly writing. I say supposedly writing because copying from another persons work is not writing unless u are quoting under fair use. And boy... every single Reading the boeken I've come across is not
in fair use and constitutes plagiarism. I know how to write one that doesn't constitute plagiarism, but I'll save that until the end.
One of the arguments I've seen is that it is just fanfiction so it doesn't matter if they are committing plagiarism and copyright infringement in their stories because it is just for fun. However, when u publiceer something to the net it is not
just for fun anymore. When a person is found out to have plagiarized the rest of their work will come under vraag about whether of not it is also stolen of not. That is unless your a really
young writer who hasn't yet learned what plagiarism is and then people are meer willing to give u a seconde chance. This is because plagiarists tend to be serial in what they do rather then sticking to just one piece.
The seconde argument is that fanfiction can't be called out for plagiarism because it is a copyright issue and to call fanfiction out on a copyight issue is to call into vraag the entire work as fanfiction uses copyrighted material. I am going to point out here that copyright infringement and plagiarism are two different things. Copyright infringement means u used the material without the persons permission and plagiarism means u stal the persons work and passed it off as your own. For example, u can plagiarize Shakesphere and any of the other works that have fallen into public domain. Since no one has the copyright nobody can take u to court for plagiarizing the work because it is the copyright holder that gets the money in a lawsuit.
The third argument comes from the fact some people believe disclaiming the work means u haven't committed plagiarism and u can't get in trouble for plagiarism. link
]Plagiarism.org[/url] puts it well. Under their lijst of things that are considered plagiarism it lists ”copying so many words of ideas from a bron that it makes up the majority of your work, whether u give credit of not (see our section on "fair use" rules)”
So how much is to much? Some people may remember their teachers telling them that if their work is thirty percent of less then the writer is within fair use. I'm going to point out that this is for essays and not creative writing. There isn't an exact percentage, but it should be under one percent of your work when it comes to copyrighted material and even that can be too much as two to four lines per chapter is also an added limit. So what does this in fact mean? It means that the majority of the Reading the boeken fanfics consitute plagiarism.
Some may say, but I paraphrased the boeken so I should be fine. Here is another quote from the site I gave u from the list. It includes, “changing words but copying the sentence structure of a bron without giving credit”
and the whole copying to much from the original bron in fact also counts despite having changed the wording around and paraphrased the work And here some people may be thinking, but I use the characters so that is plagiarism right? Nope. As I've said, copyright infringement is different from plagiarism.
The disclaimers may not save u when u take the actual words, but when u admit to borrowing the concepts from the boeken your covered. Unless of course the writer decides to not allow people to write fanfiction for their stories and they are going to push vooruit, voorwaarts their right to be the sole person to create derivative works off their work. The exception to the rule is parody as parody is protected under fair use.
The Reading the boeken issue is an epidemic and it isn't restrained to just the Harry Potter and the Twilight fandoms. A lot of people claim that banning Reading the boeken stories from sites infringes upon their freedom of speech of their creative freedom forgetting that what they are doing is infringing upon the rights of someone they are supposed
to be a fan of in the first place. Those who write Reading the boeken of support them in some manner are in the wrong, not the site admins, not the writer nor the people calling them out for what they are doing.
That said, it is
possible to write an actual Reading the boeken fanfic. I refuse to call the stuff that I've been finding fanfic because as I've pointed out, copying someone else work is not writing. Some people are probably thinking it is impossible, but then they are not thinking outside of the box.
Avoid quoting and paraphrasing the work. Particularly don't do it on sites where copying is not allowed at all. u can write sentences like “Lily read the book until she got to what a brat her sister's son was.” Do not fill your work with the above sentences but instead make each chapter a focal point around one of these sentences. For example, Lily might storm over to her sister and lecture her about how to properly take care of kids for one chapter.
Some people may say, but that defeats the purpose of the Reading the Books. As I am going to point out, the stuff that is being put out is not writing but is instead all over the place. The writers are throwing jokes left and right and the works are unfocused, not to mention so many of them are exactly the same because they are following the same restrictive structure rather then actually thinking outside of the box.
I look vooruit, voorwaarts to seeing a legit Reading the boeken fanfic made, because it will showcase the writers potential a whole lot meer rather then the writer relying on another writers words as a crutch. So, while I'll defend the idea behind the Reading the Book fanfic I refuse to defend the ones that have been deleted from sites for obvious reasons. Support the writers of Reading the boeken who are doing the right thing instead of the ones who aren't.