The Hustle publishes an official apology to Anna Cleary for infringing copyright.
Updated 23/7/2016 12:30pm: Added a link to the original article at The Hustle.
This morning (at least, from where I’m sitting), The Hustle updated John Havel’s piece on how to game the Amazon bestseller list (background here and here) with an apology to Anna Cleary, whose book, Untamed Billionaire, Undressed Virgin, was plagiarised as part of Havel’s experiment. Here’s a screenshot of the apology (link to source):
I do feel, based on my admittedly limited correspondence with Havel, that he and The Hustle are genuinely sorry for having done something so — in Havel’s own words — ‘douchey’. But as commenters in my previous post and on Twitter have pointed out, copyright infringement and plagiarism, though related in this case, are different things, and plagiarism of works in the public domain is still plagiarism. So if anyone is thinking of replicating Havel’s experiment or doing something similar, perhaps think about not using someone else’s work as a shortcut. And if you’re now curious about the book that sparked this controversy, the ebook is available at bookshops. (Also, I may be biased, but I prefer the Australian Mills & Boon covers!)
Untamed Billionaire, Undressed Virgin
Mills & Boon | 9781742783468 (Aus) | 9781426832437 (US) | Extract
The rebel billionaire… Connor O’ Brien has scars – inside and out – proof of the dark and dangerous life he leads. The innocent girl next door… Inexperienced Sophy Woodruff has never known a man as devastatingly sexy as Connor. Intense, brooding and distant, this bad boy is everything she shouldn’t desire… He’ll take her – and show her the most exquisite pleasure! Despite his vow of non-commitment, Connor can’t resist bedding Sophy. But Sophy is a virgin, and once he’s taken her innocence he’s not sure he can walk away…