345. Readers Fighting Plagiarism: An Interview with Kristy Caffeinated Fae and Claire Ryan

Today I’m talking with Kristy, known on Twitter as CaffeinatedFae, and Claire Ryan. Kristy is a former bookseller, and Claire is a fantasy writer and programmer, and together, they’ve been taking on the full account of Cristiane Serruya’s alleged plagiarism, which you might have seen being discussed online as #CopyPasteCris.

Kristy and other readers, including Jeanna Skinner, have been maintaining lists of the passages from other romance titles discovered inside of Serruya’s books, and that list is mammoth – over 80 books now. Claire has created a programming solution to comparing books to look for similar passages.

We talk about what they’ve done in response, and what they’ve learned – and how the research and accounting of how many books were involved has affected them, a little bit, too.

It’s almost always a reader who spots the similarities, and in this case, the superpowered programming solution is kinda mind blowing. Claire is excellent at scaling, too, so she’s creating an online tool to try to stop this kind of plagiarism from happening again.

Cheers to both of them.

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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

You can find Claire Ryan on Twitter @Aetherlev, and on her website, ClaireRyanAuthor.com. Her graphical visualization of the lifted passages can be seen on Twitter.

You can find Kristy at @CaffeinatedFae on Twitter, and on her website, CaffeinatedFae.com.

And! Claire’s plagiarism detection tool is online at Similar.works. 

Here are the links we discussed in this episode:

And if you’d like to read some of the coverage of the Nora Roberts/Janet Dailey plagiarism lawsuit from 1997, brace yourselves:


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