Edited to add: Via Ten Cent Notes, an article from Dear Author, with some background info on the plagiarism:
A group of four bloggers noticed in January of 2012 that six posts of their work had been lifted and reused, without attribution, on a large YA blogger’s site. The first blogged about it here...there are enough clues such as it is a YA book blogger, one who wrote about plagiarism on her own site, whose site template looks like this with to connect the alleged plagiarist with The Story Siren.
The original content creators identified her IP address which showed that she had been on their sites as recently as January. The plagiarist then offered an apology claiming that it was done unknowingly and requested that the matter be kept a secret.The Story Siren is the massively popular, if not the most well-known, YA book blog out there. She hosts the IMM feature, and from what I have read of her blog, hosts numerous giveaways and contests, and receives tons of freebies. To say that the book blogging community has been taken aback would be a bit of an understatement. Emotions were/are running high, and The Story Siren has even posted a new statement regarding the events. The reactions of book bloggers, blog readers, and Story Siren followers appears to run the gamut from 'Oh, we're human and make mistakes', 'I heart you!!!" to 'You have disappointed me' to 'I don't think I want to read your blog anymore' to nastier comments.
What do you guys make of this? Do you think that The Story Siren is being treated differently- i.e. in a more kindly, forgiving, supportive fashion- than lesser known bloggers would have been?? I want to add some quotes from Ceilidh's article on The Book Lantern:
[The Story Siren] is a blogger who frequently rallied against blog plagiarism, and also admitted her own tearful heartbreak over having been plagiarised herself. I ask you this: Did you feel any sympathy for those who Diehm plagiarised? I saw no offers of hand holding and support for those women on twitter last night, only abuse. If this had been any other lesser known blogger, would you have been so kind?...This is a blogger who knew exactly what she was doing. The IP address logs back that up. This is a blogger who should know better, one who wrote several pieces on blog plagiarism, one with a reputation that she has smashed to pieces
Why are [people] defending her when the evidence proves her guilt? I have seen much smaller YA blogs receive much larger amounts of criticism and anger for doing exactly what Diehm did. What makes The Story Siren untouchable?Do you think the amount of attention being paid to this story of plagiarism is absolutely just and necessary? In comparison, cases of plagiarism (in exams or papers) in college and university are huge, life-affecting, pretty much unforgivable offenses. People have lost out on scholarships and funding because of it.
Do you think this case will harm the reputation of book bloggers as a whole?