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Plagiarism on the Web - Fun for Everyone?

I'm fucking furious. Twice in the past week, I've discovered that pieces that I have written - one on this blog and one for the Fall 2007 issue of Tango Magazine - have been plagiarized by other sites.

First of all, beauty and fashion bloggers, I urge you to visit this site, beauty.maxblog.eu, which appears to be aggregating content from US blogs and presenting it as it's own. I've reported it once for abuse (see link on bottom) and hopefully, if more of us do so, the blog will be removed from it's server.

UPDATE - The lovely and talented Elke Von Freudenberg of The Beauty Blog Network sent an intimidating e-mail that led to the removal of this site from it's network. Well done!

In addition, I was dismayed to see that a fellow blogger, The Beauty Counter, used a blurb (word for word!) on vinotherapy that I wrote for the Fall 2007 issue of Tango Magazine, which is on newsstands now.

As a working freelance journalist, I was saddened and angry at the lack of respect shown to my work and to intellectual property rights by both sites. Thankfully, The Beauty Counter has graciously added a note to credit Tango magazine as the source for this text.

Simply put, it's not ok to steal other people's work without appropriately crediting them. I hope that we ALL know better.

Fashion on the Set : SATC, The Movie!

Love the mix of patterns and the hot, hot shoes. Well played, Patricia Field.

As Beautiful as Ever...

PopBytes has Brad Pitt pics from the newest issue of V. Check them out here!

Taunted by Chie Mihara's

Not quite my style but I love them anyway. How cute would these be with skinny jeans or dark tights and a mini dress?

Am I the ONLY One Who Watches 'The Fashionista Diaries'?

Uber publicist and demon-in-heels Mandie Erickson has me absolutely mesmerized, and no, not in a good way. I literally laughed out loud when I read this synopsis on Soap Net.com -

"If you don't have the look, you're out of luck… you're not even getting in the door. Partner/publicist Mandie Erickson is proud of their in-house "pretty policy" and she enjoys being the demanding diva in charge of enforcing it!"

Um, if they have an in-house 'pretty policy,' how does Mandie have a job? And I don't think her Madonna circa 'Lucky Star' video look above is doing her any favors, do you?


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