Monday, June 18, 2012

The Benford Plagiarism Dossier 09

Two more plagiarisms by Joanne Benford

We can provide email addresses of the editor of Cafe Ultima
and the writer of "Santas"

Begin forwarded message:

From: Stuart
Subject: Plagiarism
Date: 13 June 2012 12:54:33 GMT+01:00
To: Snowball

Hi Alex

Been following your sorry tale (Re: Joanne Benford) via Twitter. My sympathies.

You're obviously keenly on her case and I hope you bring her to heel. Be great to read a blog post on the whole episode once you've resolved it. It will serve as a cautionary tale for the rest of us.

I've also done a little digging out of curiosity (and a sense of "there but for the grace of god…") and have found out the following:

1. The book 'Cafe Ultima'é-Ultima-ebook/dp/B005HDIFQQ/ref=sr_1_13?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1339587721&sr=1-13

appears to have been lifted from Issue 1 of the A.K.C.T. fanzine. Unfortunately, there's no authors listed for the fanzine (so it could be her, I guess), but I've emailed them to try and find out.

2. The story "Second Hand Santas"

looks like it has been lifted from here:

best wishes



Begin forwarded message:

From: "vade"
Subject: Fwd: Cafe Ultimate - AKCT
Date: 13 June 2012 14:08:13 GMT+01:00
To: snowball

Hi Alex,

Here's the reply from John Eden.  It wasn't him who wrote the story, but he confirms it wasn't Joanne Benford either.


Sent from my HTC

----- Forwarded message -----
To: " blog"
Subject: Cafe Ultimate - AKCT
Date: Wed, Jun 13, 2012 13:53


The author wishes to remain anonymous.

I assume this relates to the work being sold on Amazon, so here is a

response I wrote just now to a similar query:

"I've contacted the author. He has confirmed that he is not Joanne Benford.

The AKCT stories were originally self-published in the mid 90s. I

republished them online in 1997."

I hope this helps!

John Eden

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