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Drama Mamas: The case of the disreputable doppelganger {WoW}

Jan 3rd 2012 6:39AM (didn't post this as a response, here is a pretty repost!)

My writing wasn't protected under copyright simply because I didn't even know about creative commons at that time. I did contact the forum mods and show them my (much older than the posts) blog, and they answered they couldn't know who was the identity thief, and maybe I just was a jealous forum member trying to ruin the thief's reputation. Finally I convinced them after loging with my char and proving *I* was *me*, but they did nothing afterwards. Sigh.
Now I use Creative Commons for every story or drawing I post online.

Drama Mamas: The case of the disreputable doppelganger {WoW}

Jan 3rd 2012 6:30AM My writing wasn't protected under copyright simply because I didn't even know about creative commons at that time. I did contact the forum mods and show them my (much older than the posts) blog, and they answered they couldn't know who was the identity thief, and maybe I just was a jealous forum member trying to ruin the thief's reputation. Finally I convinced them after loging with my char and proving *I* was *me*, but they did nothing afterwards. Sigh.
Now I use Creative Commons for every story or drawing I post online.

Drama Mamas: The case of the disreputable doppelganger {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2012 2:37PM I had a similar situation once. I used to play in a RP realm under a not-so-common name, and I kept a storyline posted in my blog under the same name. One day a friend told me that he had googled my pen name to read more of my stories and found it in a RP forum I never visited, my stories copied and pasted there and the thief answering to comments, posing as me.
The most shocking part was that he/she *was* actually posing as me, telling everybody that my character (in the RP realm) was his/hers and gaining forum points (idc about some random forum currency, but this appears to be the reason of the theft: to be full user and have unlimited access, a new user had to earn a certain amount of points) and followers with my work. I freaked out.

OP's case could be a simple coincidence, but my advice (after going through this identity theft) would be the following: If the doppleganger is in your same realm, contact him/her and politely ask why did he/she got that name. A polite conversation is the key: he/she probably won't erase his/her character, but at least you'll know what to do with this: if it's pure admiration, well, at least is a good thing. If it's a coincidence, you can both have a laugh and forget about it. And the worst possible case, identity theft... well, every second talking with such an unimaginative, lazy and dull person are a complete waste. /block, /bye!

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