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Sunday, July 28, 2013

how to deal with plagiarists

UPDATE: See his response here. As promised, I have removed all identifying marks on this post.


“Hi citybuoy!” I heard someone say. I sat up surprised. No one at work ever calls me by my blog name. The source was a boy two tables away. Seeing I was alone, he came up to me and introduced himself.

“My name is Jp. I’m such a big fan. Pwede magpa-picture?” I must admit I enjoyed my mini-celebrity moment and so despite the awkwardness in his request, I gave in and smiled for his camera.

A few minutes later, Twitter notified me I was mentioned. He wasn’t kidding. He really was a big fan.


It’s funny how a year and a half later, I found myself remembering this exchange. I didn’t know (couldn’t know really) then that this would be the start of something really big. I was smoking with a co-worker when she asked me if I’d seen Jp’s Instagram account lately.

“No, not really. I don’t think I even followed him back.” I answered.

“I think you should check it out. Naka-open naman siya so even if you’re not following him, you can see his posts.” There was something different about how she was talking about all this. Like there was something she wanted to say but couldn’t.

“Wait, why should I check his profile?

“Basta. Check mo lang when you get home.”

That night, I did. I couldn’t find his account at first so I had to check some of our common friends to see if he’d commented on any of their posts. When I found him, I saw that his account was private and I couldn’t click Follow. I logged out and went back to his profile and I was not prepared for what I saw.


There, in broad daylight, were plagiarized versions of my stories.

beachbuoy, published in August 2010 here.

a letter from the future, published in April 2010 here.

interlude: flight, published in January 2010 here.

I scrolled through all of his posts (and there were A LOT of them) and I found around 20+ story excerpts, status updates, and iPhone notes that I wrote. Many of them linked back to his Facebook page and referenced a “#GCW”. It was clear that if I wanted answers, they’d be on his Facebook profile. I remembered he added me a while back so I logged on to Facebook to search for him. Surprise, surprise. There were no hits. He blocked me from even viewing his profile.

So I did what any responsible netizen would do. I borrowed a friend’s Facebook username and password, and for the next hour or so, I took screenshot after screenshot of Jp’s blog: Gay Can Write.


Right away, I recognized many of the posts. He posted them as pictures and since they were locked behind Facebook’s airtight security settings, there was no way in Hades I could’ve ever seen them. He edited a few of them, perhaps to make it less detectable but a writer always knows what he’s written. Heck, he even used some of the pictures I used. With the exception of about 5 posts, everything was plagiarized from this blog.

CALL AND ORDER WITHIN THE NEXT 15 MINUTES. For your our enjoyment, here are ALL the posts that this talentless thief stole from me. I used my phone to take these screenshots because it's faster. The downside is, you can only scroll through limited lines of text at a time. I tried to caption most of them but with over 60 entries, this could take a while. The impatient may click here for the resolution. :)


quiet, published in August 2010 here. He changed a few things like the petname and the song I heard on the radio towards the end but everything else was pretty intact. I checked the comments and got the shock of my life.


I immediately recognized Michael Tolentino’s comment. Kane left the exact same comment 3 years ago. Jp’s comment is what I replied to Kane then.


He didn’t just steal the post. He also stole the comments. (Note: I checked these frequent commenters and saw that he set up 2-3 dummy accounts to comment on his stories. Most of them had empty profiles except for one who was kind of cute. Apart from commenting on #GCW, this “person” had Facebook checked-in to Jp’s apartment a couple of times.)


mirrors, published in July 2010 here.


stella and her waiting (1), published in May 2013 here.‎ He changed Bookie to Mamu. This made me laugh because Bookie will actually play a pretty interesting role in the series. Him changing the character to what sounds like an older lady would totally kill the ending.


reprising the bashful, published in March 2010 here.


guadalupe, published in May 2013 here.‎ He went through all the effort to take pictures at the MRT. I once heard this was illegal. But then again, someone who plagiarizes 60 or so stories must not be that mindful of the law.


fifteen different words for tears, published in May 2013 here.‎ He changed my Alanis metaphor to Christina Aguilera with humorous effects.


surrender, published in November 2011 here.


the taylor swift formula for love, published in March 2010 here.


mean, published in July 2010 here.‎ I wrote this when I was still an accent trainer. He changed the long e sound to some product-specific topic.


crash, published in November 2011 here.


doodling, published in February 2010 here.‎ The last picture is an actual doodle from my planner.


Used here again when he reattempted a side x side. He DM-ed me on Twitter to ask for permission to use this picture. I didn’t know he also wanted the post.


epilogue, published in April 2010 here.‎ This was where I first explained where I got the name citybuoy. Good luck owning that.


this is your life, published in October 2011 here.‎ In his pathetic attempt to recreate my life, I am guessing he rented out this tattooed man and well… yeah. Never mind that this post was filed under fiction.


eraser, published in June 2011 here.‎ This was particularly freaky because I had an actual helicopter eraser that looked very similar to the one he posted.


black widow, published in November 2011 here.


never over, published in February 2012 here.


change of address, published in November 2009 here. Yes folks. When he moved out, he used my moving out post to announce it to the world. And when he got sick…


swallow, published in September 2008 here.‎ …he dug all the way back to 2008 to find this post. I talked about my dirty slippers and how beautiful Makati was from my hospital window. Apparently, he had really dirty slippers too and thought Valenzuela was really beautiful. Um okay.


chances, published in August 2010 here. The park bench where I professed my love to A is now a sarong on the beach. Very original.


prelude: touch, published in February 2010 here.


never yours, published in December 2012 here.


dying / time, published in August 2009 here.


0:20:26, published in January 2011 here.‎ This is special because I actually wrote this about him. I logged on one night to find that he Twitter-mentioned me several times asking for a new blog post. I got so annoyed, I wrote about the pressures of writing to a demanding audience. Oh irony of ironies. Perhaps someone was pestering him about his stolen blog posts too (?)


paralisado, published in October 2012 here.‎ That’s my actual toothbrush making out with Z’s.


how would you do it?, published in September 2011 here.‎ He changed “park bench” to “park bench in a gasoline stop.” Um, there’s a reason why they call it a PARK bench.


city, published in October 2009 here.‎ He changed the location to a Becky Nights party but the picture shows the Greenbelt references I made in the post.


molar support, published in October 2009 here.‎ For the record, that disgusting cavity-filled tooth is definitely not mine (and most likely his). My molar is pictured clean and white in the original post.


this year’s love (ii), published in October 2011 here.


sooner or later, published in May 2009 here.‎ This was about the one girl I ever loved and I guess he had one of those too? Funny, I thought Multiply stopped sending these notices years ago.


fog you / i remember, published in August 2009 here.


reprising the teacher, published in October 2011 here.


bicycles, published in September 2009 here.‎ Very curious how many of our mutual friends who liked this post in 2009 didn’t recognize it when it reappeared in 2013.


vacant, published in September 2011 here.


heatstroke, published in April 2012 here.‎ To prove this actually happened, I took a picture of the Starbucks cup. Amazingly, he recreated that shot with his own cup. The major conflict in this story is how I had to be really butch since I’m only partially out so the thought of a known drag queen posting this is beyond me.


closet, published in closet May 2009 here.


conflict, published in November 2011 here.‎ The animal I wrote about was our pet bird who “crashed into our living room” years ago. Perhaps his cat, Baby Yum, can also fly.


maps, published in June 2013 here.‎ Props for adding more dreams to this paragraph.


hanging by a thread, published in March 2009 here.‎ I uploaded this screenshot on Facebook last Thursday. The overwhelming love and support (and threats of cyber-kuyog) have made this experience tolerable. If you got here from this post, here are the screenshots I promised!


phantom, published in June 2012 here.


mississippi, published in May 2010 here.‎ I know for a fact that his first love died. I think it would’ve been nicer if he had written something heartfelt to honor him.


hello anger, published in September 2009 here.


his jacket, published in October 2010 here.‎ This looks nothing like my father’s leather jacket (or any other leather jacket a father would own).


a letter from the future, published in March 2010 here.‎ A two-fer! The picture is from side x side In this post, he tagged a “Lyssa.” I am soooo tempted to ask her if she really did find a gray hair.


side x side (II), published in January 2010 here.‎ I wrote this after getting promoted. Since he didn’t, he had to change a few lines. He also recreated the picture I used in the post. IMHO, I did it better. :x


sorry story, published in January 2011 here.‎ He loves my Story stories. He even published the prequel (see next)


write me, published in June 2011 here.


somebody loved, published in May 2012 here.‎ Pares to bagnet. That’s actually not a bad idea.


breaking, published in December 2011 here.‎ In this post, I talk about my desire to come out to my parents and the fears that come with it. I think if you’re the type to wear a gown and high heels with matching full make-up, THEY PROBABLY KNOW.


three of three: right or wrong, published in April 2012 here.


disconnect, published in December 2011 here.


look at me i'm twenty-three, published in August 2009 here.‎ And when he turned 24, he posted beachbuoy (see top of post).


two letters, published in September 2010 here.‎ This really freaked me out. He had handwritten drafts and the actual note. Sabi ko nga kay Z, di kaya ako yung nang-plagiarize? YJ says maybe I’m stuck in some Johnny Depp movie where I feel like I’m chasing a murderer only to find that it was me all along.


bibingka, published in June 2010 here.‎ I wonder if he knows the bibingka place closed down two years ago.


to be enough, published in April 2011 here.


envy, published in February 2010 here.‎ Am I the only one worried about how he’s holding this baby? #dangerousselfie


fix me, published in May 2010 here.


leaving, published in September 2010 here.


love for sale, published in February 2010 here.


trial and error, published in September 2009 here.


spit, published in October 2009 here.‎ I wonder if he actually took a picture of spit. If I followed the timeline right, this is the first post he stole from me.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! I wasn’t the only one lucky enough to be plagiarized.


A Criminal Mind: Free Fall, published by Sprial Prince in March 2012 here. Spiral is a dear friend and when I told him about what you did, you can imagine how happy he was.


Pagtataksil, published by Ako Si Aris in June 2013 here.This is a translation of infidelity, published in August 2010 here. He promoted this post in Instagram saying this was his first attempt to write in Filipino and that he hoped he made his country proud. I think I speak for everyone when I say UM NO.

AND WE’RE NOT DONE YET! As recent as this afternoon, our favorite plagiarist was at it again. Check out his status update for today.

disconnect, published in December 2011 here.

The first question I asked is why. Why did he do this to me? Why did he go through such lengths to copy my blog? Why can’t he just write his own stuff? He doesn’t really look like someone who was starved of attention. Why go through such efforts for a few likes?

But then a more thorough glance of his Instagram revealed that yes, he really is doing it for the attention. @_@




And so to you, Jp R, I give you my full and undivided attention. Baka kasi kulang pa yung effort and attention I gave you while drafting this. From this point on, this post will be addressed to you.

First of all, I want to thank you for being such an avid reader of my blog. You chose some of my best posts. It was a thrill to see them again today. That being said, there seems to be an issue with how you chose to show your love for my writing. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. I regret to inform you that after I saw all that you stole from me, I was anything but flattered. I was angry. I was embarrassed. I was very, very, VERY upset.

Here is a list of my demands. I hope you don’t think I’m asking for too much. Consider it payback for the 63+ posts you stole from me. :)
  1. You will write an explanation and an apology. Let’s say at least 1,000 words? You can either email it to cityb_oy [at] yahoo [dot] com or post it as a comment below. I prefer the second option seeing as I know a lot of people would like to read what you have to say for yourself.
  2. You will do something about Gay Can Write. You can either delete it (and all other plagiarized posts), or you can change the title (It’s a really bad title, by the way. #imjustsaying). Here are some suggestions: Gay Cannot Write. Gay Can Copy. Gay Can Paste. Gay Can Steal.
  3. You will share this post on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. I don’t think you would have a problem doing this seeing as you’re somewhat an expert at sharing my posts. In the link that you will share, I want you to own up to stealing my blog posts. I want to read the comments that people will leave. I realize you might have to unblock me and send me a friend request so I can see your post. Don’t worry. I will definitely accept your friend request.
  4. You will promise to stop plagiarizing once and for all. As you wrote in that catty photo at the top, DON’T TOUCH MY STUFF.
In return, I will not take you to court for stealing my intellectual property (which by the way is protected by a Creative Commons license). I will also remove all identifying marks on this post. What does this mean? I will blur out your pretty face and remove all instances of your name. Please do not expect anything more such as my friendship as that ship sailed the moment you started stealing from me.

You have one week to pay for your crimes.

Love,


        citybuoy

PS. And to you, dear reader. I wish to extend my deepest apologies. I know exactly how this looks and I’m not proud of it. I hope you know that I am only doing this because I work very hard for this blog and to have someone just take that from me is completely unacceptable. If this happened to you, wouldn’t you do the same?

♫: Lily Allen | Fuck You (2009)
Photos: http://instagram.com/*****, https://www.facebook.com/*****

104 comments:

  1. nung una kong narinig sayo yung kwento, natawa pa ko. naaliw ako na sa sobrang galing mo eh may nakuha talagang MAGNAKAW ng mga blog posts mo. pero ngayong inisa-isa mo lahat, ang bigat pala sa boobs. bilang masugid na mambabasa mo, parang ako rin nanakawan (#affectedmuch). dapat sa tao na yan, kinukuyog. LOL

    mga favorite ko pa man din yung nakuha niya. bicycle, doodling, pares, 2 letters at ehem..reprising the teacher XD

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    1. Mots: Oo, narealize ko din kung gaano kabigat while I was drafting this. I started kaninang mga 4. Ngayon lang ako natapos. (Nuknukan din naman kasi ng bagal yung laptop ko.) Tapos I saw the posts na inedit niya. Parang lalo akong nadismaya.

      At oo, kasama ka dito! Salamat sa shoutout sa blog mo. :)

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  2. Bravo, Citybuoy, bravo!

    Nasabi ko na sayo last week na talagang affected ako kahit na hindi ko issue ito. I spent my entire college life with threats that if we were caught plagiarizing, we would be out of our Lit program. Habang tumatagal, we began to see why plagiarizing is indeed the crime of all crimes. Pasensya na, hindi ko masyadong inisa-isa yung mga posts niya rito kasi nagpapalpitate ang veins sa leeg ko sa tuwing makikita ko yung similarities.

    I will do my best to spread this post sa mga social networking sites so we will be more educated when it comes to this issue. Syempre, para maturuan na rin ng lesson iyong blogger.

    This is very brave of you. More power to your blog.

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    1. Will: Oo nga. I remember na sobra kang affected nun. And okay lang. I expect most people will skip the actual posts. Lalo halos 70 yung pictures. Nakakapundi yun!

      I appreciate your efforts, Will. Sana nga mag-tanda na si kuya.

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  3. (From my MacBook Air) It's something with my desktop computer, the comment thing I mentioned.

    As for this thief, I hope he reads this post, and all the comments and understands that he has opened himself to serious legal problems if he does not rectify this immediately. (RE: Your demands)

    He could also put into jeopardy his career and future careers if this serious issue comes to the attention of his employer(s).

    As for your number 2 and 4 demands: He should not simply change the title. ALL his posts/blogs should be deleted completely, AFTER having profusely apologized and written his mea culpa.

    If he doesn't do as you've requested, take him to court.

    If he does meet your demands, still take him to court.

    The little twerp.

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    1. Rick: He has read the post. I'm just not sure if he understands the possible legal problems. I don't really know what to do about him. He called me the morning after I posted this, crying and apologizing but he hasn't really started on the things I asked him to do. Oh well, he still has a few more days.

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  4. Masyado ka kasi magaling kaya ka tinutulad. Hindi ako ang ninakawan pero ang sakit sa dibdib. Patulog na ako ng makita ko ang post na ito. Natunaw ang antok ko.

    Nalungkot ako para sayo at sa kanya. Sayo bilang nagluwal ng orihinal na malikhaing pagsulat. Sa kanya na nabuhay sa atensyon at papuri na binigay para sa kanya pero wala talagang basehan.

    Mabait ka na hindi mo pa pinaabot sa korte.

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    1. OP: Maraming salamat sa mga compliments mo. Nahihiya naman ako. At Pasensiya na at natunaw ang iyong antok.

      Nung una, galit na galit din ako. Pero tulad mo, parang naaawa nalang ako sa kaniya ngayon. Oo, given na masaya talaga pag may nakaka-appreciate ng mga sinusulat mo pero if you have to steal someone else's work to get that appreciation, malungkot talaga yun.

      Oo, sana talaga di na umabot dun. Sobrang hassle yun.

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  5. grabe ha.. huge fan dude... thumbs up.. at lahat na.. parang nakakainis lang na maagawan nung kapiraso ng pinaghirapan mo at di lang kapiraso yung parang halos lahat na ata...

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    1. Kiko: Sobra! Hindi naman lahat lahat. Madami rin siyang mga di kinopya pero I wonder what would've happened kung di pa siya nahuli agad. If he was able to copy 60+ posts within a year and a half, paano pa kaya kung undetected?

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  6. that was a very long scroll down to the bottom and though i was simply scanning, i can pretty much sense the tension and tedious effort placed in this.

    no wonder pilyo used to delete his posts after a period of time to avoid these incidents.

    he can only copy your writing, he can never live your life or portray it in any way close enough to the real thing.

    i hope you can let go of the anger as soon as possible

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    1. Seth: Super effort! It took me hours just to collect and caption these all.

      And ang lungkot that we live in a world where to protect your posts, you have to delete them.

      Salamat. I am trying to let go and forgive pero everytime I see his face, naiinis ako nanaman. Although that may be a completely different thing altogether. haha

      Welcome pala to my blog. :)

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  7. its my first time to visit your blog, as ive seen this post shared on facebook... and yes, you really write so well, and im gonna keep coming back :)

    to that person who stole your posts, karma strikes twice when u least expect it and it had come digital nowadays.. dont he ever dare scream of cyberbullying because he did it to himself...

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    1. Yccos: Hey! Welcome to my blog. Sorry we had to meet under such awful circumstances. Sana bumalik ka pag mas tahimik na ang mundo. :)

      I don't think he would ever dare to accuse us of that. Tapang lang niya nun no. haha

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  8. "Imitation is suicide"

    I never thought someone could go this far just for the sake of.... well, fame. He wants to be famous? well you just made him infamous.

    I know what I'm about to say means nothing to you but as a blogger/fan of yours, this made me really furious. Ang tanga niya di ba niya naisip na malalaman mo rin ang katarantaduhan niya sooner or later?


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    1. Nomad: Of course it means a lot to me! Don't belittle yourself like that ha. And to answer your question, feeling ko he really didn't think it would ever reach me. Confident siya sa privacy settings ng mga social networks. Pero like most things, walang bahong hindi sumisingaw (tama ba? parang i vaguely remember a tagalog idiom like that)

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    2. Haha! Ok I won't but you have to promise to research the correct filipino idiom.

      Hahaha! Kidding :)

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    3. Nomad: Revisiting this at tama naman pala! hahaha

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  9. Excuse my french, pero B.S. talaga itong JP na ito, and the nerve, the nerve, THE NERVE, to copy most of your posts.

    I remember that we've gone through this before with the Wordpress guy? And I really cannot understand it. Pwede namang he will get inspire and write his own hullabaloo based on your post, pero to copy everything, oh my, this bitch has serious problems.

    Anyways, update us when he wrote his apology letter, i would love to read his work. :)

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    1. LJ: OO! I forgot about that. That guy deleted his post right away. Di man nag-sorry, at least nakikinig.

      Parati naman akong humihingi din ng inspiration from other bloggers (hello reprise?) pero I always make sure I ask permission (except nalang kung inactive na) and I always leave proper attribution.

      Yes, will update as soon as he sends something. If you want to read his work, may tumblr din siya. You'll see that he's not that bad a writer naman. May konting grammar issues pero malinaw magsalita. Sayang lang he had to steal pa.

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  10. I read this link thru FB post/status of Sir Bino of Damuhan. Thanks to him.

    Hindi lang isa o dalawa ang ninakaw niya kundi sobrang dami talaga! Meron palang mga taong ganun na hindi natatakot magcopy/paste ng ibang akda just to have some praise and attention. Gutom sa pagkilala at papuri! Ang liit lang ng mundo ng social networking para hindi malaman ang pagnanakaw niya at kung hindi niya pa din i-delete 'yung mga post na galing sa'yo sobrang tapang (read: kapal ng mukha) na niya talaga.

    In return, hindi mo siya minura or "cinurse" but you only gave him a warning. Ang bait mo pa din compared sa ibang kilala ko, kung sa ibang blogger 'yun malamang natadtad na siya ng mura.

    Thanks for your wild and imaginative thoughts you are sharing, kailangan ka ng virtual world, kailangan ka ng literature.

    Marami-rami akong iba-back read nito.

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    1. Limarx: Exactly! Ang liit lang talaga ng mundo! haha Nakakagulat na someone would have the audacity to do something like this.

      As for cursing him, hayaan ko na lang siya. Baka bumaba pa ako sa lebel niya pag ginawa ko yun.

      Salamat sa mga sinabi mo. :) Masarap yung feeling na may nakaka-appreciate ng gawa mo. Pupuntahan din kita para mareturn yung favor. Salamat at welcome sa blog ko! :)

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  11. They say art begets art. But if he found your posts inspiring, he could have just quoted a passage from your work, then wrote something of his own from there. The sad thing is that all of this could have been easily avoided.

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    1. Leader of Opposition: Exactly. I do that all the time. It could've been avoided if he respected the value of work. Sayang lang talaga.

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  12. awwwwwww... hindi ko alam kung anong masasabi ko. Kung mayroon lang tawag sa highest form ng pagnanakaw eh ayun na siguro yung pinaka-exact word para sa kanya, sa MAGNANAKAW. At nakuha nya pang magpa-picture?! TIGAS ng MUKHA. Well, hindi naman sa nakikisawsaw ako, pero parang ganun na nga, na-feel ko lang yung bigat ng ginawa ng taong yun sayo. Actually ngayon lang ako napadpad sa blogsite mo dahil kay Glentot.

    Mabait ka pa sa mga binigay mong condition sa kanya para makabawi sya sayo. Anyway, sabi nga, wag lumevel sa mga taong tulad nya, sa isang impostor/magnanakaw. Pag yan naman ay umalma pa at sya pa may ganang umattitude sa ginawa nya, ay ewan ko na lang talaga...

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    1. Jhengpot: Hello! Welcome din sa blog ko. Marami akong pasasalamat sa mga nag-share nung post na 'to on Facebook at Twitter. Kung may maganda mang kinalabasan eh I got to meet a lot of new friends. :) (assumero daw ako haha friends na agad)

      Sana nga hindi siya umattitude. Sa totoo lang, wala pa akong naririnig from him about the things I asked for. Abangan natin!

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  13. People are so shameless! Copying a whole blog is completely unacceptable! I think you are doing the right thing, Nyl! And I hope he will have the guts to apologize and move on to writing his own stuff.

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    1. Beliza: Yes, I sincerely hope that at the end of this, he will finally find the courage to commit his own voice to paper (or keyboard?)

      And I owe you a book! Is the address you sent to me ages ago still valid?

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    2. Hey Nyl! Sorry, I didn't see your reply. Was curious to know if there was any news about this. Any progress with the plagiarist?

      Yes, the address is still valid. I'm moving soon, but it's my parents' address, so it will stay valid until hopefully very long ;)

      I haven't posted anything on my blog for ages. I don't think I will either. I have been more interested in drawing this past year, and am starting a new blog (belizamendes.blogspot.com) to make me work more. I still have to figure out how I will manage it exactly, though.

      Check it out if you have a chance and let me know what you think :)

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  14. What the!!! There is a special place in hell for that person. I thought its just one post.. but my!! that's your whole work. Grabehhh!!!

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    1. Xander: That's exactly what I said on Facebook. haha my other plaigarizer took 3 of my old posts and mashed them up to make one. Tapos he inserted little bits of his own words here and there. Parang mas naappreciate ko pa yun (kahit mali din!)

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  15. wooahh, grabe yun ah. speechless ako. attention whore talaga siguro sya. masyado syang na-obsess sa mga posts mo at dahil dun ni copy paste nya para sya naman ang mabigyan ng attention. kakaawa lang sya more than nakakagalit.

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    1. Rojan: Halong awa at galit na ata.. Awlit? Galwa? haha

      Welcome po sa blog ko. :) I wish you landed here under better circumstances. :)

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  16. grabe, napamura ako rito. ang hirap magsulat tapos aangkinin lang ng iba? at hindi lang isa kundi halos lahat. pati “guadalupe” at “pagtataksil”, hindi pinatawad. nakakapanginig ng laman.

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    1. Aris: Oo. At yung caption talaga, nakakainit ng ulo! Make my country proud daw?! Ano kaya yun.

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  17. I suggest two HTML/Java Scripts you can apply to prevent this from happening in the future. One disables the text-select context within your URL, preventing any attempt to lift text; the other disables the right-mouse-click action, so even images, video or any other media content is deemed inaccessible for plagiarism. I can forward you the coding, if you'd like.

    I had put those safeguards in at my blog, because something similar (but in no way in the same extensive scale) happened to some of my posts before.

    The only way a future plagiarist would be able to achieve what Jp did would be to do a print-screen-scroll combination, numerous times. Which, the sheer effort to do this for a single post, would be a deterrent in itself.

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    1. Red: That sounds great. I would love to see that code. Thanks for offering. I've been googling na rin kaso everything I see can be circumvented by viewing the source. It seems the only codes that are too difficult are the ones that convert each letter to a code. Much like they use in lyric sites. But then once it's sent to an RSS feed, ganun din.

      Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a world where people don't steal your ideas?

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    2. Correct.
      Integrity nalang!
      Mas pliable.

      Pero what is a movie kung walang antagonist!
      360 ba? hahaha :)
      #evilVSgood

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    3. Michale: Natawa namna ako sa comment mo! haha Sabagay, the face nga screams kontrabida. haha :x

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  18. hahaha, what the fudge, can't believe that someone would do this. well, it happened, so i'll start believing. haha

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    1. Bulingit: Yes, and start watching your blog narin to see if anyone does that. Ang naging clue ko was when statcounter allerted me na may mga nag-googoogle ng full sentences from my blog. I guess some of his friends wanted to be sure na siya nga talaga nag-sulat nun. I shudder at the thought na they might think iisa kaming nilalang. Ack!

      Welcome po to my blog! :)

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  19. I feel for you. I always remind my student to never plagiarize kaya nga yun ang una kong tinuro this sem- proper citations. Kahit 1/4 lang sa buong 1st and 2nd yearr students sa prelims sa mga klase ko, atleaste they are slowly learning the importance of intellectual property. Sana hindi na mangyari ulit ito.

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    1. Mr. Nightcrawler: Maganda yan! Start them early para di sila lumalaking ganito. Sana nga di na mangyari at welcome po sa blog ko. I followed you na rin. :)

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  20. Seriously?!?!?! Wow! I can't believe someone can be a very consistent copycat. Nyl, I hope you will keep pushing until he paid for what he did.

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    1. Sarah: Yes, I will keep pushing until he learns his lesson. Kaso all quiet from his side.

      I initially said nga na di ako magpo-post ng anything until he does what I tell him to. Kaso ako din naman ang mawawalan ng venue nun. Ano kaya yun? haha

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  21. So you're the person to whom I should be addressing my adulations! Had I been in the blogosphere, I would have known. Jp is a friend, and I have left high praises on some of 'his' entries on GCW only to find out that those works belong to another person. What a shame.

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    1. Jay: Yes, I saw you there! And Jill told me about you. I appreciated the comments you left. And if I remember, ikaw yung tinag niya na mag-mentor sa kaniyang literary works diba? Tama ba?

      Yes, it is such a shame. As his friend, sana tell him to own up to his actions na once and for all. Parang ngayon kasi, wala naman siyang ginagawa. :x

      Welcome to my blog. :)

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    2. I was never his mentor, just a critic. I already told Jp to own up to his mistakes and redeem himself.

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    3. Jay: Well, I hope he listens to you. Alam mo naman medyo matigas ulo niyan. And thanks for taking the time to respond to this :)

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    1. Kulapitot: Kulong na agad! haha pwede bang habla muna? Welcome po sa blog ko! :)

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  23. "I will blur out your pretty face and remove all instances of your name."

    There is nothing pretty about that face, Nyl. Really.

    What can I say about this whole plagiarism mess? Those preceding comments got it right the first time, so I would economize on the explosive expletives. There is no more need for such artillery. However, in this plagiarist's defense, I would say that he is possessed of a certain taste. That horse-faced pest has standards. They are not physical standards, judging from how hard he's trying to conceal all that ugly, and not succeeding, but they are more of a literary measure.

    There is nothing pretty about that face, Nyl. You might want to edit that line.

    Muahness from Pasig Cirehhh!

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    1. Momel: This is freaky. When I added the word "prett" naisip ko baka mag-react either ikaw o si Glentot. haha

      And awww... that's very sweet of you. Kung mangongopya ka man, dun ka na sa marunong. Baka mamaya pareho pa kayo ng cheatmate mong umaani ng line of seven. haha

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    2. Laitero yung si Andoy. Sobra.

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    3. Momel: Ayan, I blurred out parts of his face na. Better? haha

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  24. Tsk Tsk Tsk. Habang binabasa ko 'to pababa, pakulo ng pakulo yung dugo ko. Ang lupet ni mokong!

    I recommend what red the mood suggested. I'm also using these scripts on my blog.

    This only shows na magaling ka talagang writer. May bago na rin akong fav post niyo sir.

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    1. Gord: Lupet talaga! haha

      How are those scripts working out? At ano yung post na yun, sir? (Ang dami ko daw tanong. lol)

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  25. To plagiarise, este, to quote Pepsi Paloma's suicide note, "This is a crazy planets!"

    I am for whatever action you take against JP. But after seeing the extent of his efforts in plagiarising your work, I am now more curious as to WHY he went to such lengths. Sure, it seems he wants attention and adulation. But I suspect (and more than that, worry) that it goes a little deeper than that.

    Just be a boy scout, ok? :)

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    1. Joel: Nakuuuuu!!! Baka naman mag-Pepsi Paloma din yan. Wag naman sana.

      Ako din. Super curious. That's why I asked for an explanation. Over the phone, he just said he admired my work and wanted to write like me (or something like that. he called at 2 in the morning so medyo bangag bangag ako sa antok).

      Sana that's all there is to it. And yes, will make sure lagi akong handa. Trained ako ng mga early 90s thrillers for instances like this. haha

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  26. Kaka-follow ko lang ng blog mo, at ito ang una kong nakita. Pakiramdam ko, kapag may mangongopya sa mga ginawa mo, para kang ninakawan ng alaala. BTW, he's scary. stalker na 'yan. ibilad sa asinan.

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    1. Mga Espasyo: Hello po! Welcome din sa blog ko at nag-follow back na rin po ako. Pasensiya ka na at ito pa bumungad sayo. Tulad ng sinabi ko sa ibang mga nag-comment, I really wish you were commenting on a post that's not this.. well... this chaka. haha

      That's a very good point. A lot of these posts were from actual events in my life. Mga memories na I wanted to document para maalala ko. Scary nung idea na he took parts of that away.

      At natawa naman ako! haha Ano mangyayari pag ibilad sa asinan. Baka makopya din niya yung alat ng asin!

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  27. you just undergone any writer's (or evry pretending writer's) worst nightmare.

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    1. Olivr: You're back! Sorry at natagalan yung next na Stella. Sana this weekend if makahanap ako ng panahon.

      And yes, this is a complete nightmare! I hope this never happens to anyone else!

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  28. hehehe plagiarism at its best :) kutusan na yan haha

    ang creepy nya.

    napadaan lang po ^_^

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    1. Eagleman: Hello! Salamat sa pagdaan. Welcome to my blog.

      Kukutasan mo? Naku, baka ano pa mangyari sayo. :)

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  29. Woah, plagiarism at its finest. Feeling ko more than the attention, hindi kaya may disorder siya or something? Ang scary, though I must admit, dahil dito nakapag-backtrack ako ng posts mo. :3 Matagal ko na gusto gawin 'yun kaso walang time. Anw, it only proved na sobrang blessed ka talaga Kuya with your talent in writing. :)

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    1. Dairen: Aww... that's so sweet of you, Ms. Mosqueda. haha in fairness, when I checked statcounter, some of my older posts are getting a completely new audience. May maganda din naman siyang nagawa, I guess?

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    2. Win-win situation, if you look at it on a positive note. Tapos na plagiarism days niya and people know now kung sino ba talaga 'yung tao behind the post. :) I wonder what he'll do about your demands. Haha! Naalala ko tuloy 'yung interview namin dati ng groupmates ko sa Intellectual Property Rights office sa Makati. If I didn't lose my contacts, bibigay ko sana sa'yo 'yung number nung lawyer dun. >:)

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    3. Dairen: That's sweet pero parang unnecessary na. He's given everything I asked and so quits quits na siguro to. haha

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  30. Wow, didn't expect a post like that. Creepy, man.

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    1. Jere: IKR! Huy, magpakita ka naman. Namimiss na kita!

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  31. hindi ko alam kung ano ang mas nakakatakot, yung ninakawan ka o yung iniistalk ka?
    pero narealize ko nakakatakot kapag parehas na ginawa sa'yo. ugh.

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    1. Kalansay: Buti di naman niya ako masyadong inistalk. Once lang at di naman masyadong stalking yun. Either one is scary na nakakagalit at times. :x

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  32. I guess this is the downside of being really good at stuff. People will get jealous and they'll either be like you or be you. Ganern. Hope he'll get enlightened Nyl. Intellectual theft is the worst kind.

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    1. Rei: True true! Thanks for the support. :)

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  33. OMG! grabe. i have been your posts since nung finollow kita. i may not be the one leaving that much comments pero i know how your write. grabe. habang pa scroll down ako ng pascroll down naginit ang ulo ko! nakakaloka siya! inggitera ng life and talents! ang cheapaz!

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    1. Nyabach0i: Haha is it wrong na natuwa ako sa comment mo. Parang ang nice na may support talaga ako after all this plagiarism shit. haha

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  34. Puede ba akong sumama sa lawsuit mo since he copied my comments too? Let us hire the best lawyer

    K

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    1. Kane: Ooh! Palaban na Kane. Aylahvette. Serious ka ba? Ako at peace na ako with what happened. PM mo ako if you still want to push through. :)

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  35. wow..

    lowliest of the lowly...

    i'd rather have my horrible writing skills than copy someone's work...oiu
    despicable you naman yang plagiarist na yan...

    wow...gay can write daw...gay can copy kamo..

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    1. MJ: Mismo! haha I think apart from the posts and the comments, it's the little things na he said na parang ang galing galing niya magsulat. Yung parang here's my latest baby or mga ekek na description sa insta. Nakakainit ng ulo!

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  36. tsk tsk... Mabuti sana kung matino hitsura... TH kung TH lang siya...

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    1. Senyor Iskwater: Umabot na sa pes! haha aylahvette

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  37. Hello everyone, it's Jp.

    http://jpipz.tumblr.com/post/57320857297/yes

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    1. I hope you learned your lesson

      http://jennechrisville.com

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    2. JPR: Updated.

      Gervin: Mismo friend!

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  38. Hell hath no fury like a blogger plagiarized

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    1. Gervin: At dito din! Isa pang mismo! haha Alam mo namang palaban talaga ako. haha

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  39. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery but this kind? To hell with it. I must take this as a notice to be consistently aware of my blogging community. I love the demands you made. I would have asked for those same things. I hope your deserved response.

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    1. Danica: I got them all! Took a bit of nudging (there were a few FB posts na he forgot about) but I think I was able to get everything I asked for. As for flattery, daig ko pa siguro yung stineam roller sa sobrang flat ko!

      Thanks for dropping by and welcome to my blog! :)

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  40. I just came across this via facebook. He's a friend of a friend.
    My partner's a writer too and I don't want anyone stealing his work.

    Shame.

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    1. Boniemar: It is such a big shame! The only positive is that I got new readers like you from all this. Thanks for dropping by and welcome to my blog! :)

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  41. "I'm your biggest fan."
    Annie Wilkes, Misery

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    1. Rudeboy: Oh gawd no! I still have images of Kathy Bates in my head. *shudders*

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  42. this is creepy!
    spotlights can be a GO or a NO
    maybe that one was in a hurry for the a.k.a "stardom"
    #googleisdeity you can never hide

    It made me laugh.
    Remember you said, "A watched pot never boils, right?"
    And I bumped into your post (http://citybuoy.blogspot.com/2011/01/02026.html) the day after.

    pati ba naman writer's block mo parroted din :)

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    1. Michale: And the best part was, that post was actually about him. Grabe kasi siya maningil ng post sa Twitter. Akala mo may utang ako. haha

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  43. What the actual sehg euawghWJT[womt= WEYN owijgWMTJqpiy!!!!!!

    Supporter din naman ako, but I never even had the slightest desire to steal from you.

    Utang na loob lang talaga sa kanya, humanda to sa akin sa tumblr!


    --ayan medyo calmed down na ako, I am really impressed on how you handled everything, and in the end ikaw ang nagwagi, gahhhhh!!

    I hope you'll manage to modify the codes of your blog so that this won't happen again, paghihirapan ko na lang talaga ang Alt+Tab while re-typing a part of your stories sa mga tabs ko so that I could promote your entries sa mga sites ko. And I am glad this whole ordeal is over.

    Iba ang real talent, ginagaya talaga :)

    (sorry for the incoherence and somehow sabog theme of this reply, I am high with cold meds and chicken fat eh). Anyway, more stories please!!!!

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  44. i see the plot to a 85 minute dark, psychological-thriller type gay, indie film here. sorry it took me so long to read this. i'm interested in how you resolved this conflict and the contours the resolution took. you never invoked RA 8293, only indirectly through your creative common's license. it resembles the form of justice offered by the truth and reconciliation commission of South Africa. as a thought experiment, let's pretend JP didn't confess. would you have considered filing a case in the Makati courts? criminal prosecution?

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    1. LOF: Sorry it took me so long to reply to this. I probably wouldn't have. I think I have had enough court drama for this year. Plus suing would expose my blog to the world and I don't think I'm ready for certain people to see this side of me.

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