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I am here to warn others about a website called coursework.info. My ‘beware artists!’ comes in to play here with the written word rather than the traditional word of caution regarding visual arts & hope this is alright.
 

Back in highschool in the 2002-2003 acidemic year, I was on newspaper team. I wrote an article on teen depression which made it to the first page, I was excited! The article remained off the internet, and only published in the small school newspaper. The same year I wrote a paper for my Government/Economics class on Henry VIII, I had previously thought that only my teacher and myself had access to that work.

 

Fast forward almost 4 years; I’m bored. I googled my name and come across my newspaper article and my government essay on this paid site..! I’m confused, I didn’t submit this stuff, and you can obviously see my name (Chalea Evans, now married) right in the document preview, these are mine..! Though this site provides a disclaimer that users are not supposed to use the material as their own and have an extensive anti-plagiarism area; clearly this is a paid site for other intentions than what are provided.
 

I emailed & hadn't heard anything back from them; since this site is not on US soil there’s little I can really do. I talked with a lawyer who works for my employer on a friend-basis and he suggested I send a ‘cease & desist’ letter to attempt to manipulate them into getting my work off their site at the very least.

 

Take a look at what I’ve created and provide feedback? (Letter.PDF – 124 KB) Any other advice?
I know for starters that I will never see any money; this as my lawyer friend suggested would simply be a motivator to get them to remove the content, and to do put the option of them contacting you for republishing rights; but if they try to quote them an insane amount of money that they wouldn't purchase for.

I also wanted to alert others; work that I thought would never make it onto my school website let alone a giant collection of pay-access content has totally blown me away, and I'm worried that there's others out there like me who aren't even aware of this yet. Thank you.

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fascmouse
Dec. 30th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Word can be art as well. Welcome to our world.

Yeah, unfortunately there can be those jackassii who steal without credit and falsify their own worth in the process. They usually lead to ruin when it comes time for them to strut their own stuff without leaning on others.

Not much consolation I can offer, other than call it a learning experience.
forever_dragon
Dec. 30th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Actually that sounds rather well writen.

I think it is respectable enough considering they didnt ask you for any permission in the first place
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