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01 June 2012 @ 09:10 pm
Someone Posted a Susan G. Story to the AO3, and it Wasn't Anyone I Know  
"Resurrection," the V4S premiere written by the much-missed late susanmgarrett back in the day, has turned up on the AO3, posted by a [archiveofourown.org profile] palaemon on 5/09/12.

She credits it.  She posted it under a lock.  She is apparently not actively trying to plagiarize it, just to take advantage of the AO3's formatting capacity.  However, I still find her action upsetting.  Does the AO3 have a policy on this?  Posting stories by other people? Deceased people?  I believe that tonjavmoore is, for all practical purposes, Susan G.'s fannish executor...?

Once that I know of, Susan ran into a person at a con selling copies of one of Susan's online stories made up — without permission, obviously — into a zine.  This brings that to my mind.  (And the formatting here does Susan's work no credit, on top of everything else.)

Addendum: FWIW, I've reported this to the AO3 volunteers.

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Foxy11814foxy11814 on June 2nd, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, I would feel uncomfortable if someone posted one of my stories without my permission. I'm sure Ms. Garrett had specific places where she granted where it could be posted. Even if she didn't, it's still kind of rude.

She may not be trying to plagiarize it, but it is misleading. It says:

"Inspired by Resurrection by Susan M. Garrett.
I don't own this work. At All. I only posted this so I could read it easily. It was sloppily copied and pasted here."

Now, that "Inspired by Resurrection" immediately made me think that she had taken Ms. Garrett's work and rewritten it. Of course, the next part is where she denies owning the work, but you could argue that's she talking about Ms. Garrett's fic at that point. I know I'm reading too much into it, but it is kind of misleading.

In any case, I agree that the person shouldn't have posted it even if she wanted to read it easily. She could have copied it onto Word if that was the objective.



Edited at 2012-06-02 04:50 am (UTC)
Amy R.: Character Deathbrightknightie on June 2nd, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah.

I am all for preserving Susan's work in every way, but... how about the right way? ~wry~ If that were to be undertaken somehow, I would be willing to meticulously format and post one of Susan's FK stories (or one of the chapters of her FK novels) each week for the several years it would take to go through them all; they deserve to be not only preserved, but presented in a manner that is a credit to her. However, my understanding is that while the AO3 will copy and save the full website of a deceased fan -- and they should Susan's, if so! -- they do not authorize other postings of the works of deceased fans without permission.

I don't know. Someone who was much closer to Susan than I was should, obviously, be the one to say...
greerwatsongreerwatson on June 2nd, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
For that matter, as soon as we heard that Susan had died, both Steph and I immediately headed over to her website and made a copy. Just in case.

Of course, if the site had disappeared, we would then have added it to the Website Archive. Taking guardianship of the orphan, so to speak. Not that it proved necessary. (And we'd have been uploading it openly, with an announcement on FORKNI-L so everyone could change their bookmarks.)

I doubt if Susan would have minded. She believed in documenting the fandom's history, after all: she was very involved in the FK Wiki.