Plagiarism and Self-Published Books

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A couple years ago, I wrote a little book about haptic drawing (yes, I’m an artist, too!) and made it available as a pdf for free online. Because I wanted to expand access while retaining some specified rights, I protected the book under a Creative Commons License. The text could be shared, printed, or copied only with attribution to the author. It could not be changed or used for commercial purposes. Should I still be worried about plagiarism? Joy Lanzendorfer thinks so in her article “Stealing Books in the Age of Self Publishing.” Plagiarism can have many disturbing effects on its victims–emotional as well as financial–but those who are self-published seem to be particularly vulnerable.

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