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An old foe rears its ugly head



Some of you may remember a post from last summer, about a publisher that copy-pastes articles from Wikipedia and sells them as books (quite possibly print on demand).

Said group was called Alphascript Publishing, belonging to VDM Publishing.
I had gotten this book, returned it, got a refund, and started warning people against them:

http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Egyptian-religion-pantheon-creation/dp/613000608X/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

They're back again, under a NEW NAME!
They are now....

*drumroll*

BETASCRIPT PUBLISHING!!

Extra points lost for lack of originality.

With new editors (copy pasters, possibly false names), over 10 000 titles of copy-pasted articles straight from FREE Wikipedia.
http://www.amazon.com/Sekhmet-Ancient-Egyptian-Religion-Amenemhat/dp/6130368771/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267032983&sr=8-6

The only change: they now advertise that these are from "High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles!"

High quality content...*COUGH!!*

Quality content that can be edited by anyone and everyone, plus so called "editors" that do no fact checking to see if the related quality content is actually relevant to the book topic.
For example:
http://www.amazon.com/Rekeying-Locksmithing-Authentication-Engineering-Dur-Sharrukin/dp/6130350430/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267032983&sr=8-2

What does Locksmithing has to do with SARGON II?!?
Someone give me a FACTUAL and HISTORICAL link to Sargon II and locksmithing and I'll draw you a naked Zhao.
(EDIT! Someone found it, so I get my excuse for drawing naked Zhao)

Time to go and kick their butts again.

A big thank you to spleef ( http://spleef.deviantart.com/ ) on DA for the heads up.

Also, via gallo_de_pelea, this interesting case of a book that is so close in many ways to another work, it is on the fringe of plagiarism.
http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/446299.html

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the_dragongirl1
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Wikipedia says that the oldest known lock was found "in the ruins Emperor Sargon II's palace in Khorsabad". This seems to be confirmed by other sights, though they may also be filching from wikipedia.
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Ha ha, though I should be snarling about the use of Wikipedia to find out that fact, it is actually right!
You'll get a naked Zhao!
(So I needed an excuse to draw Naked Zhao ;) )

See? You don't need to buy their books to learn that. It's free on the web.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
The point of the Wikipedia articles is their interconnectedness with the Web, and their fluidity, evidenced by their ever important "talk" pages. You lose all of that when you print them, and so the articles are then barely worth the bother, even the good ones.

Since alphascript-betascript can't be attacked legally (given that they adhere to the letter of the law) they should be attacked for "killing" Wikipedia articles by printing them.
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Very good points.
engelen
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
oh my god
this post is full of so much FAIL INDUCED LOL!!!! XD

BETASCRIPT PUBLISHING XD

And... Oh God XD
In a world where there is already something called "Bleach," why would I want a bad copy of it!? WHY!?
Also, of course it hadto be product of a Simmons family member!
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
I would not have made the link to the celebrity family if someone had not pointed it out.
I was looking at the work only and...yeah. Too close for comfort.
ambrmerlinus
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
re: the Bleach thing...

Kind of makes me wish I had a celebrity parent so my lame knock-off graphic novels could be published too!
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Or be happy to have a celebrity parent with money in case you get in legal trouble.
phoenixelement3
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Grrr! I hate seeing things like this. :(

However, this amused me (found on the book's amazon page):

"Tags Customers Associate with This Product

Check the boxes next to the tags you consider relevant or enter your own tags in the field below.

* plagiarism"

Hehe
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I've started using the tag "Wikipedia copy-paste".
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rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't put it past them to go through the whole Greek alphabet
We'll see what happens with the Simmons book.
meryl_jed
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Big. Huge. Two. Hand. Face. Palm.


and um...also...does...everybody get to see the...er...Zhao? XB
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
See the next post.
That's as much of Zhao as you'll get to see.
youkaislayer
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
I am just in awe of the Bleach copycat comic. The audacity of this guy to trace the artwork of another artist down to the panel layout is just astounding. Tite Kubo should sue.
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
I don't know how far this will go. I'm curious to see how it will develop.
ndgmtlcd
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia can't go after Betascript but the Wikipedia community can do the "natural" thing, which is to write a Wikipedia article and use it to keep track of VDM's schemes and new names:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betascript_Publishing

Somebody doesn't like this exposure it seems since the article has been repeatedly vandalized:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:VDM_Publishing_House

Betascript continues in the Alphascript tradition, with a book titled "The Police reunion tour" which features a pic of policemen on the cover.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:PrimeHunter/Alphascript_Publishing_sells_free_articles_as_expensive_books
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, another bad cover. After the history of Georgia, now it's The Police.
Priceless.
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youkaislayer
Feb. 26th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Honestly, I'm more bothered by Gene Simmons' son being a comic artist than I am about whether or not [it's] imitating
Lol, Kubo. I love his sense of humor in all this although if he was enraged I would not blame him.
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