Friday, June 18, 2010

Rochelle Moore - 'Beyond The Third Eye' book pulled from market for plagiarism

  ~  Lady Macbeth: "Out, damned spot! out, I say!  One; two: why, then, ’tis time to do ’t.  Hell is murky!"  ~
Andborough Publishing  has pulled Beyond The Third Eye from the market for plagiarism. We wish to applaud Andborough Publishing for this effort, and wish them continued success with legitimate authors. Please support them in this ethical decision by purchasing from them if they have a title you are interested in.

This is a major milestone in the five-year effort to show Moore for the plagiarist that she is, and we strongly encourage that the word be passed forward on this, and especially within the pagan community that she primarily targets.

For those who gave us all such a hard time over our whistle-blowing over the last few years:

We told you so.

And for the folks over at Andborough Publishing who are now experiencing the same threats and nastiness from Moore & Co that we have for years, we are sorry you have to deal with it, too.


- public statement released from Andborough Publishing, this afternoon:

Beyond the Third Eye Pulled from Publication

It is unfortunate but we have pulled the book Beyond the Third Eye by Rochelle Moore from publication.  After hearing complaints from readers we put the book through a plagiarism scanner and it produced a rating of 25%.  According to the software manufacture, any rating above 21% is highly suspect of plagiarism.
We conducted a random inspection of several passages the software identified as suspect and found word-for-word duplication from works that predated the book. No attribution was given for these passages.  The duplicated material varied in length from several sentences to multiple paragraphs.
This is truly unfortunate and will force us to change how we handle new manuscripts. In the past our authors sign a publishing agreement that states:
“a) Author warrants that Author is the author and sole owner of the Work or was assigned the rights delineated above; that it is original and contains no matter unlawful in its content, nor does it violate the rights of any third party including but not limited to rights of privacy, rights of publicity, libel or infringement of copyright or any other rights; that the Work is not in the public domain. Author also warrants that these rights are owned or controlled by him without encumbrance and that Author has full power to grant the listed rights to Publisher.”
We worked from a position of “Good Faith” that the authors were who and what they claim they are and had the rights to the work they presented as original.  Now we will have to put every manuscript to the test.  Thankfully modern technology has provided us a way to scan and compare against other digital works, it does however limit us to only digital comparisons.
We’ve had several people ask why didn’t we vet our authors better. Vetting in the publishing world is fact checking and fact checking is so time consuming that even local newspaper forgo this and expect the authors/writers to check their own facts. This is the case with large publishing houses as well.  A recent article in The New York Times tells the problems that befell Henry Holt & Company recently.  Not only did the author make up facts in the book but embellished his own credentials.
This was a sad week at Andborough Publishing. Our apologies."

We have also been told by Andborough that Moore does not own the rights to the cover image of Beyond The Third Eye, and her continued use and display of the book as it currently appears is illegal.


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