For shame, Blogging should never need a Hall of Shame!

Hi, my name is Kimitsu and if you read this blog, then you probably have an inkling of what I like to be.

Not long-winded or desperately attempting to be witty/snarky/bitchy/all of the above.

Neutral.

In retrospect, I really wish I hadn’t, because that means it took all the longer for this to come out.

The “author” behind Sushi’s Obsessions (linked only as examples) is quite the plagiarizer. Want some proof?

Her post on Utada’s Come Back to Me copied the concluding paragraph of this Utada review on Gold Hikari.

-Her latest post, focusing on KAT-TUN’s RESCUE single, is obviously “influenced” by Celestia’s post on the B-sides and Anna’s post on the PV. While some things are put out of sequence, and some of her own interjections are thrown in as in the past, but it’s quite clear where some of “her” ideas and opinions originated. (Also, I’m fairly certain she’s misinterpreted Anna’s “chapstick” comment on Jin, because rather than abusing it, he’s in desperate need of it.)

-Most maliciously, it rips off fly to high. This isn’t considered worse than the above out of any sort of bias, it’s considered so because it’s just the most clear-cut case. About three weeks back, the author contacted myself and oroitsme asking to be added to our blogrolls – as you can see, she isn’t because we saw this.

Presumably she was asked to remove the offending posts – and for a time they disappeared. Now they’re back with a vengeance. The drama post on Sushi’s Obsessions is the Frankenstein of these two. The title has changed; while it was originally titled “Mid-Season Look At Dramas” (nothing to say of the unchanged permalink that still reflects her original title), it is now “Dorama – Winter Season 2009” – probably because that’s a less obvious case of cut-and-paste.

Worse off is her Kuroki Meisa post, clearly taken from the post on fly to high. While she’s backdated it to 02/19, so it seems like the original (which is what makes this malicious), you can still see one of the Google-generated “related posts” on the fly to high one links to the first time she posted it, from 2009/02/21. The visual proof, just in case it ever changes:


You can see that this is the post from fly to high, thanks to the pingback from iWota in the comments – while my cursor isn’t showing, it’s hovering over the “Meisa Kuroki is a Hellcat” link, and you can see the result it draws up yourself.

So here’s the whistle. I’m blowing it. What’s going to happen? We’ll see.

Edit: Problem solved! Whether out of shame or attempting to avoid the apparent flaming mob that would come (I say mob based off the visits to this page from Die’s post alone), she has shut down the blog. This page will be left up just because it’d be too bothersome for me to make another page if another plagiarizer popped up.

  1. Die
    March 16, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’m still deciding what I’ll do but i’ll make sure to link you for this page, i’m sure this should bring a little more attention to the issue.

  2. March 16, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    good work. gonna let the IWers know.

  3. oroitsme
    March 17, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Thanks for keeping an eye out for this. After confronting her I honestly thought she had taken any offending posts of mine off, but to think she just backdated them – and not to mention that pretty much all of blog seems to have been plagiarized – is unbelievable. By now her blog has been shut down, but I’ll have to keep an eye out for any returns under a different name.

  4. radiantdawn
    March 17, 2009 at 2:11 am

    I can understand how it feels to be the victim. A certain owner of Feel Like Dance copied mine and another’s writings and also hot-linked a lot of our images. I feel sorry for Die since he’s a really nice person. At least now she’s gone.

    Good looking out, Kimitsu.

  5. March 17, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Blog’s been deleted!

  1. March 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm

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