Plagiarism in Fiction Writing by Kimberley Jackson

Plagiarism in the Fiction Writing World

Today I want to write a post about plagiarism and art theft. Mostly because recently I have become victim of it quite a few times, but also because it’s a topic that not many people seem to have an understanding off.

So let me start out with a basic definition of plagiarism.

What is plagiarism?

Many people think that plagiarism only means copying another person’s sentence word by word. But legally it’s also plagiarism to take another person’s idea. Ideas, concepts or structure can also be plagiarized, provided they are an original composition.

The Legal Dictionary defines plagiarism as the following: The act of appropriating the literary composition of another, or parts or passages of his writings, or the ideas or language of the same, and passing them off as the product of one’s own mind.

(Source: Law Dictionary: What is PLAGIARISM? definition of PLAGIARISM (Black’s Law Dictionary))

Now why are there so many misconceptions about plagiarism then? It seems to be mostly because many people are under the impression that you can freely copy another person’s ideas as long as you don’t use their exact words.

To clear up some misunderstandings about plagiarism, I have compiled an article addressing 4 of the most common myths out there, that I myself have heard over and over again:

Myth #1 – You can basically retell the exact story of Harry Potter as long as you don’t name your character Harry Potter.

Myth #2 – Fifty Shades of Grey plagiarized Twilight

Myth #3 – It’s ‘Inspiration’, it’s not plagiarism!

Myth #4 – Nowadays, everything is plagiarized, because everything has been written in some form before.

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GIVEAWAY!!! – Stargate Aschen ebook hits 750 downloads!

About 3 weeks ago, I released a free ebook called Stargate Aschen, a dystopian science-fiction novel borrowing characters from the popular television franchise Stargate. Since its publication, Stargate Aschen hit 750 downloads yesterday–which exceeds all my expectations.

To celebrate this, I created a little giveaway where you can win a Stargate Aschen Goody Box which consists of stickers, postcards and photoprints of my artwork for this and other stories.

All art was designed and created by Kimberley Jackson. All rights reserved. No unauthorized reproduction.

You can enter the giveaway by clicking the image below. Have fun!



Kimberley Jackson – Winter Giveaway #1

Hey all you Stargate SG-1 fans out there,

I’m running a giveaway on my website at the moment, where I’m giving away three special edition postcards of my Stargate inspired art.

If you want to participate, all you need to do is leave a comment on my website under the post. You can gain additional entry tickets by leaving a comment under the giveaway Facebook post, or tweeting the blogpost to twitter.

You can find all additional information here.