Kwon's Thoughts

[Important Message] ~ The Art of Copy/Paste and other Dramaland Stories.

bscap1432We started this blog, dramajjang, out of love for dramas and because we didn’t want to keep our thoughts to ourselves, we wanted to share them with the rest of the fellow adventurers in the vast sea of dramas. It’s difficult finding people in real life who share a like-minded passion, so interacting with all of you beautiful people from all over the world, even though it’s through a keyboard and behind a screen, it means a whole lot. Writing an article, whether it is a recap, a review, just a few thoughts or simply anything, it takes time, especially recaps. Even though it may be tiring at times, once you finish writing a recap and you finalize it there’s a sense of fulfillment. The thing is, 12 of my recaps (from My Love Eun Dong and My Beautiful Bride to be more precise) have been copied and pasted in the exact same way my mind’s womb and my bombarding keyboard-fingers gave birth to. I am referring to zkpop.com, a site that hasn’t only illegally posted articles coming from dramajjang, there are reviews, recaps and other articles coming from other blogs and big sites of our community and that site doesn’t give any credit and they never asked in the first place if we wanted our articles to be posted there.

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All these articles are being presented as that site’s works and it feels like the time we invested, the feels we cherished, the pleasure we received and everything we came across, before sharing these articles with all of you people, were stolen in a blink of an eye. If to some of us it may take hours to complete a recap and actually feel excited with it in the first place before sharing it, there’s someone or some people who are just a Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Publish away from having a recap, review, article or anything ready. I am sorry but i cannot give away all these recapping hours to someone else’s few minutes. He/she/they probably never read anything i wrote, they just copied and pasted and we, dramajjang, are not affiliated with them in any way, we were never asked, we never agreed and we were never aware of anything until we were informed of what’s going on with that site.

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I want to write about My Love Eun Dong‘s last episode, i want to write about My Beautiful Bride‘s 9th and 10th episodes, i want to write about Oh My Ghost‘s 5th and 6th episodes, but i can’t do it, i am neither in the mood for it nor i am dreaming to see some of these recaps or reviews posted on zkpop.com and presented as their own material while they never were and never will be, because my thoughts are mine, because each and every article from each and every site and blog that were copied and pasted there were never zkpop‘s in the first place, they will always be their author’s and site’s works. Some blogs and sites that are in the same situation are Couch Kimchi (and i am deeply thankful for informing me in the first place), CimiArt, ThoughtsRamble, HanCinema, Dramabeans, KDramaRecaps, Enjoy Korea With Hui, Koala’s Playground, etc. They were contacted by many of us, but we never received an answer from that site. And this silence hurts, especially when you see more copied and pasted articles ever since we contacted them. Any blogger or site could be a victim in the future.

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The articles that were viciously “adopted” and taken away from me appear at that site under the following titles and some of them are in that site as a whole, some others miss their arch paragraph and my thoughts part:

[Drama Recap] My Love Eun Dong: Episode 3 (they butchered my First Impressions article and kept the 2015 part of it as a recap of the 3rd episode)
[Drama Recap] My Love Eun Dong: Episode 6
[Drama Recap] My Love Eun Dong: Episode 7
[Drama Recap] My Love Eun Dong: Episode 8
My Love Eun Dong Episode 11 Recap
My Love Eun Dong Episode 12 Recap
My Love Eun Dong Episode 13 Recap
My Love Eun Dong Episode 14 Recap
My Love Eun Dong Episode 15 Recap
My Beautiful Bride Episode 5 Recap
My Beautiful Bride Episode 6 Recap
My Beautiful Bride Episode 7 Recap

Thanks a lot everyone for spending some time reading this, it sincerely means a lot.

Truthfully yours,

Kwon Sang Seung imnida (i have a friend who usually says Cha Do Hyun imnida).

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Kwon Sang Seung

Kwon Sang Seung

elles viennent
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avec chacune c'est autre et c'est pareille
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115 Comments

  1. July 22, 2015 at 6:33 pm — Reply

    It’s so sad that people do this and never spare a second thought on what it means to the bloggers who pour heart & soul, blood, sweat, & tears into posts.

    It is bad form for people to steal whole articles and images even if they give any credit as people in the web field all know about search engines and duplicate content hits and problems. When I first started there was a site that compiled whole recaps with links back & credit but their site always came up first in searches even though the content was mine. If everything has been replicated in full then there is no need to even look at the original when you find the copy first.
    I am sorry they did this to you & others & that it has sucked away your joy and hard work. I always enjoy reading your thoughts and recaps/reviews. Hwaiting!

    • July 22, 2015 at 7:40 pm — Reply

      Apparently they don’t mind all this effort at all, it’s all about a soulless copy/paste and that’s all.
      Indeed, if the duplicated article receives more hits on the web then the original author’s effort goes to hell since the duplicated one works as the devil’s advocate.
      Thanks a lot for your support, it is appreciated to a point that can’t be counted. Thanks a whole lot once again! Hwaiting!

  2. July 22, 2015 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    We hope you don’t mind, but we shared this article on our FB page πŸ™‚ The more people know about Zkpop’s misdeeds, the better.

    • July 22, 2015 at 7:42 pm — Reply

      I don’t mind at all! Thanks a lot for informing and for posting it! Let’s hope more people will know about this incident. I took screenshots of some of the articles they copy/pasted, i also found 2 more articles taken from me, one of them being presented as Eun Dong’s recap for the 3rd episode and there was only a small part of my First Impressions article which was covering the first 4 episodes!!!

  3. bmore
    July 22, 2015 at 7:04 pm — Reply

    I saw this news from Couch Kimchi yesterday and am absolutely furious and heart sick for you and the rest of the people out there being victimized by this trash site. I see one of my friends has friended that site (I’m sure unknowingly) and am PM her to unlike asap!

    • July 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm — Reply

      It’s a most unwelcome situation, it drains you. All the effort gets vanished even though it’s still there. Fighting and thanks a WHOLE lot for all the support all this time πŸ™‚

      • bmore
        July 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm — Reply

        I equate it to to the time I came home late from work to sheriff’s cars, the crime lab van, and my ex and son in my driveway to find my house broken into, robbed of various valuable items, and vandalized. Another break-in resulted in the theft of all my mother, MIL, aunts, and grandmother’s jewelry (mostly costume but some antique) and rosaries (singular keepsakes from those I loved) stolen along with multiple other treasured items, including several pieces that my son had gifted to me on Mother’s day and birthdays. Now I tell him to only buy me gardenias or take me out to eat and a movie!!! There is such a sense of violation. The items themselves were of little monetary value, but a visual reminder of the time and place and person they came from. For a long time I kept thinking of other people buying them from wherever and wearing them and not knowing they were someone else’s memories. As time passed I have forgotten most of those items, and, as a result, some of the memories they came with. As you get older so much falls out when you put new stuff in!!! I hope, but don’t expect, much resolution from your predicament. I have no idea what kind of recourse is open to you. I fear there is little but to hope that we can somehow stop people from friending this site so they die on their own.

        • July 22, 2015 at 8:58 pm — Reply

          Thanks a lot for sharing this, keepsakes from loved ones always keep memories alive for they are related to memories. Valuable or not in money terms, it doesn’t really matter, it’s the emotional weight that matters and it felt as if they were stealing the memories that accompanied these keepsakes. “As you get older so much falls out when you put new stuff in!!!” Especially when the dramas grow in numbers XD I don’t know what will happen, but i hope for the best, otherwise more like them will pop up and recaps will be nameless as if a ghost wrote them.

  4. July 22, 2015 at 7:17 pm — Reply

    Ugh!!! This is so horrible!!! I am so sorry T___T I wish that someone would take their site down and give us small time bloggers some real recourse to being able to fight these sorts of copyright issues (seeing as none of us has the kind of clout that large corporate peeps do). *sigh* I also don’t understand why these people think that stealing is okay. There are no words.

    • July 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm — Reply

      They stole from Allkpop as well, and Dramajjang contacted 6theory’s dmca dept. They must have presented them a legal takedown notice, and Zkpop complied. For us smaller blogs, filing a dmca takedown notice might be an option, too, but it does take money to do that. This is unnecessary stress! And I’m shaking my head at the arrogance of Zkpop.

      • July 22, 2015 at 7:53 pm — Reply

        Yep, it was the High Society episode 13 review of allkpop which was on zkpop as a whole with exactly the same musical signs in the beginning! I sent both links to allkpop’s DMCA department of 6Theory. Now it has Dramabeans’ Hidden Identity ep 13 Recap, i guess the 6Theory team got at them and zkpop probably simply edited the article and brought another copy/paste. All of that is indeed unnecessary stress, especially a DMCA notice, if we had that money our blogs and sites would be defended spaceships!

    • July 22, 2015 at 7:45 pm — Reply

      I hope something will happen soon, i couldn’t believe what was going on until i saw it with my own eyes. I just found out that my First Impressions on the first 4 eps of Eun Dong was butchered to a small part and was presented as Eun Dong’s episode 3 recap on that site!!! Apparently we don’t have much power over these copyright issues, but we still have a voice! Thanks a lot for your thoughts and support, it is deeply appreciated!!!

      • August 9, 2015 at 7:01 am — Reply

        It really is amazing to me how leeches like this think it’s okay to do this. Then again I shouldn’t be that surprised when I look at all the terrible things humans do to each other on this earth by murdering, bombing, annihilating each other, etc. Perhaps that is just the cynic in me, but then the idealist really hopes that the good guys will prevail.

        • August 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm — Reply

          It is amazing indeed, such arrogant actions… Aye, humanity is filled with so many crimes against humanity making it a hostile world in the end. Good guys have to prevail, otherwise the end in earth’s life cycle will feel inevitable at some point.

  5. July 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm — Reply

    amen

  6. July 22, 2015 at 7:25 pm — Reply

    i understand how annonying it is to have people steal your work for their own benefit. It’s like people just have no shame, no conscious at all. I think I did the right thing by taking one-month break. Unfortunately, it slowed down the momentum I was gaining, but at least, it slowed down also the people who were checking my blog to repost my translations without asking for my permission. Since they only care about what they’re looking for on your blog, they don’t bother to check your other posts and they assume the blog is dead when there’s no update for more than a week. XD XD My point is you have the right to feel the way you feel and start writing again when you feel you’re ready for it, whenever this might be.

    • July 22, 2015 at 7:55 pm — Reply

      A break is always needed, but a forced break is aish! You will fasten again your momentum because i have faith in sunny lady’s sunny sun. Hahahaha, it’s not dead, it’s breathing underwater!!! Or floating in food memories ;D Thanks a sun’s weight lot sunny lady chingu!!! Your support is always more than appreciated! πŸ™‚

      • July 22, 2015 at 10:13 pm — Reply

        lol yeah it’s underwater. i guess. XD may i just be off topic-not, but those Cha Gun Woo screen captures really came handy didn’t they?

        • July 23, 2015 at 12:13 pm — Reply

          Maybe because it’s summer XD They came more than handy indeed, even if you’re not recapping a drama, screencaps can always be helpful XD

  7. July 22, 2015 at 7:58 pm — Reply

    I hope they take the material down or then get thoroughly destroyed. And it’s a good idea to contact all the sites they took from, or however many possible. You can all damage them together, be it legally or through letting people know. HanCinema has contacted them too. We’re waiting for an answer, although such sites usually do not reply. Be strong and don’t stop your work, although definitely take all the time you need to feel ok about it again. We will all make sure their existence is known as a lie and theft.

    • July 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm — Reply

      I hope they take the articles down from all the sites and blogs! I’ve contacted almost everyone and whomever i didn’t was already aware or informed me! I also took screencaps of the articles they took from me, they even take bandwidth with some photos! The worst part was a while ago when i found out they butchered my First Impressions article on EunDongaaaaah which was based on the first 4 eps, they cut a small part and presented it as a recap of episode 3!!! Let’s hope they answer, but probably they won’t as you said. I will probably focus on non-airing dramas, even though i had some airing ones in the making and it pains me. Thanks SO SO SO much for the support and let’s hope everything flows well as soon as possible!

      • July 22, 2015 at 10:47 pm — Reply

        If you self-host it’s easier to have hotlnking disabled so no one can steal your images and eat your bandwidth. That was something quick I learned when I went to self-hosted with lots of images and people who kept linking back to them. Unfortunately, some of the safety measures you can put in place there don’t work on wordpress.com πŸ™

        • July 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm — Reply

          Yush, self-host is kind of heaven compared to a non-premium blogging account, i will start searching in the self-hosting direction sometime soon and hope it won’t be as tough as my mind makes it to be, here the struggle is real, in self-host the struggle feels less! xP

  8. July 22, 2015 at 8:23 pm — Reply

    I’m sorry this happened to you, Kwon. It’s terrible for a site to be so blatant about plagiarising other people’s hard work. I know how that feels because some years back, I had a story of my own plagiarised as well and it was so difficult trying to have it taken down from that offending site. I’m glad you highlighted the situation and hope you and everyone else who had their stuff plagiarised manage to get the articles off that site.

    • July 22, 2015 at 9:01 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much Chiaki senpai! The maestro is sad today and he won’t ask you to accompany him to a kinky drama bar. So glad that story of yours found its way out! Thanks a lot once again, i hope everything point towards the most welcome direction!

  9. July 22, 2015 at 9:50 pm — Reply

    It’s always hard to keep what you write as just yours on the internet. It’s completely unfortunate that this has happened to you and I hope they take down what they’re copypasta’d and issue an apology to you. Some people need to remember that plagiarism isn’t just something that happens in HS or college when you write papers.

    • July 22, 2015 at 10:54 pm — Reply

      I work for a website and a few times a year we realize people are stealing our content or copying all of our lists verbatim & even using the same HTML and CSS. Then begins the fun process of trying to get them to cease and desist. Being relatively small, it’s not like we can afford legal fees from DMCA complaints.

      It’s becoming harder and harder with the net and people scraping digital content. Some of it can be attributed to laziness and not wanting to put in the effort, some of it has to do monetization and malware/viruses. And sometimes…I hate to say it’s due to sheer stupidity. Having majored in English and working in the English education field for several years, I am all too aware that many people don’t understand plagiarism or copyright or that what they are doing is really stealing. Makes you wonder about proper education at the lower levels as I was taught since elementary school about stealing the work of others when not using proper citations/attributions. Working in a writing center and then as an in-class tutor, I really saw how people did not understand what constituted plagiarism and would simply copy and paste from internet resources or reference books and not give any credit.

      • July 23, 2015 at 12:56 am — Reply

        Granted I have no English degree, but plagiarism was one of the thing POUNDED in my head from mid/late grammar school until college. So what are teachers teaching these kids these days that don’t know that blatant copy and pasting and claiming ownership of it is WRONG? I don’t know if the system doesn’t deem it important or not anymore, but it’s something that probably needs to be brought up a lot in the classroom.

        • July 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm — Reply

          It definitely has to be brought up a lot in a classroom, especially now that people live in a digital era which progresses more and more. Copying the exact same exercises from a classmate is the same as copy/pasting someone else work without giving any credit. Things only get worse in this world XD

      • July 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm — Reply

        And that’s why me and other blogs or sites don’t proceed right away with a DMCA complaint, we can’t afford it :/
        This issue here appears to be darker since they seem to know what they are doing, i turned into a detective last night. They find a blog/site that has already posted some recaps, they can’t make a recap post on that site that would appear as if it was posted before the original author. In that case, they take off the first paragraph and start from the second one, so it’s a “new article” lol. But then, they know that that blog or site will post future recaps! So, they make a post of that forthcoming article like this “Mask Episode 17 Recap” and since the original author hasn’t posted it yet, they have already a post there, but its body consists of the episode’s video preview! Once the site/blog and its author posts the recap 1-2-3 days later, they edit their own and it looks as if zkpop posted the article 1-2-3 days before the original author!!!!
        You’re truly a commando, majoring in English, having worked on education field, working at a website, having your own site, you are strong! πŸ™‚ Yup and they wouldn’t even try to make some distinctive or even slight changes! Or at least give a single freaking credit that this part was from that book, that one from that site or something!

    • July 23, 2015 at 12:12 pm — Reply

      To be honest, i didn’t expect such a thing to happen since the drama k-entertainment community is kind of specific (and by that i mean the K parameter makes it more specific, there a wide variety both in everything it offers from kdramas kpop kvariety k-anything to the audience), but even in more specific fields plagiarism and copy/paste do exist! Thanks a lot for your thoughts and support, it’s truly appreciated!!! πŸ™‚

      • July 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm — Reply

        I think because it’s more specific it has a higher target or possibility to be taken. And it’s like the more work you put into something, the more likely it seems appealing to someone else.

        You’re welcome’

        • July 23, 2015 at 9:50 pm — Reply

          Hadn’t thought of it this way, but it makes sense! And definitely agree with your thoughts, the more the effort the higher the possibility of your works getting “adopted” :/ Thanks a lot once again πŸ™‚

          • July 23, 2015 at 11:27 pm

            Of course! Keep doing what you’re doing. A lot of us will support you and we have your back!

          • July 24, 2015 at 12:50 am

            Will do so! ^-^ Thanks a lot for one more time, it will never be enough! πŸ™‚

  10. July 22, 2015 at 11:08 pm — Reply

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Be respectful as we all wanted to express OUR own feelings and thoughts and what zkpop did is totally uncool. This article is another reminder that we blog because we care, and to be victimized by such losers not only hurtful but it also discourage future bloggers from entering the blogging world.

  11. July 22, 2015 at 11:10 pm — Reply

    Urgh, this is horrible. I reblog it so that more people would read it and understand how badly the situation is.

    • July 22, 2015 at 11:44 pm — Reply

      Thanks a lot chingu Nelly! <3 It's darker than it appears to be, i turned out better than drama-cops lol, will explain in a different post because it gets more complicated.

      • July 22, 2015 at 11:47 pm — Reply

        Of course. I had similar incidents before and addressed it immediately. Sure, they are no longer exist but they could spawn into different portals. We will fight these devils together.

        • July 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm — Reply

          Chingu Nelly fought back and chingu Nell won!!! πŸ™‚ This is really encouraging!!! And thanks SO much once again, it is strengthening, let’s fight the devils together!!

  12. July 23, 2015 at 12:16 am — Reply

    I’m also going to reblog this! We found a case whereby when my only attempt (believe me, my last) recap of You’re Surrounded was stolen, I totally understand how you feel. While I have found some of my reviews on other sites (it’s always fans and other bloggers that tell us), it does make you angry because they should at least give “Credit where Credit is DUE!”

    • July 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm — Reply

      Thanks you SO SO SO much for your support and for reblogging, it really means a lot! Hahaha, they had no shame lol, the one and only attempt!! Yup, that’s what i’ve been through before, getting asked, pinged back, given credit… But at that site it’s gangster’s paradise! Relentless copy/paste!

  13. July 23, 2015 at 12:19 am — Reply

    Reblogged this on It's My World-NewKDramaAddict's Drama Sandbox and commented:
    It’s one thing to flatter and refer to someone’s blog post; but it is a whole different ballgame when you steal someone else’s work as your own and put your name on it. Everyone has a very unique style of writing and I’m sure that most of the blogging sites that I favor, I would recognize their style immediately. So, ZKPOP.com, if you’re listening: “Do the WRITE thing! Give credit where credit is DUE!!

    • July 23, 2015 at 12:24 am — Reply

      What is even more terrible is that Zkpop modifies the date to make it seem like they had published the articles first! But the stolen images tell a different story.

      • July 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm — Reply

        That’s the worst part of the story, at least i think so for now, lol! Will try to conduct another post today based on that specific aspect!

  14. July 23, 2015 at 12:31 am — Reply

    That’s terrible, and very upsetting! Have you tried contacting the website hosts that powers this den of Kpop thieves? The podcasts seem to come from feedburner anyway.
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/zkpop

    I’m no html expert or anything, but I’m looking through the page source of the website and I see this site is created through WordPress using Yoast plugins. Perhaps getting in touch with WordPress about the situation will get this site taken down. Zkpop purposely leaves no way to contact the creators because they know they are ripping off other blogs. I guess try attacking them at the source?

    • July 23, 2015 at 12:59 am — Reply

      We’ve found their IP address, and what we’ve found all seems so fishy: http://whois.domaintools.com/zkpop.com

      • July 23, 2015 at 4:40 am — Reply

        Wow, it’s like they have a web of over 2 million domains. It’s definitely a phishing website that just scours the internet and steals from others. I see there’s an abuse contact email and phone number, not sure if that goes to the ZKpop creators or to Whois. If enough bloggers sent complaints to that email, or calls something may be done. I’m sorry this is happening.

        • July 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm — Reply

          And they simply don’t care about replying back or getting contacted because this is not an option and they only care about making money from ads without caring about using in that way others’ authenticity of work. Yup, many of us are aware of this email, will probably try to contact it since a DMCA complaint is the tough option πŸ™‚

      • July 23, 2015 at 12:32 pm — Reply

        It’s fishier than going fishing!! XD

    • July 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm — Reply

      “den of kpop thieves” XD This made my day! XD Their IP seems to be coming from Vietnam and i was told that their host is HostGator, but filing a DMCA complaint is kind of not that much of an $$$ option for now :/ Time shall tell how things will flow. They definitely know what they’re doing and there’s no way to contact, even through social media there’s no reply and they even deleted Couch Kimchi’s comments on their fb page! They can’t answer messages, but they can delete!!!

  15. July 23, 2015 at 1:05 am — Reply

    Very sorry this happened to you!!! I was sooooooo looking forward to your recap and opinion of the final episode of My Love Eun Dong. The ending caused a lot of viewer upset. I hope you will still write about it when you feel up to it? Feel better soon. Love trumps evil in the end. Your readers love you <3 ! Fighting!

    • July 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm — Reply

      Thank you a whole lot for your words and support, they sincerely mean so much! πŸ™‚ Fighting!!! I will try to work on it as soon as possible, your comment felt as if i just drank a good shot of drama!! πŸ™‚

      • July 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm — Reply

        The good karma you create in this world is magnificent. What goes around, comes around. They will reap what they sow. Your readers gain great benefit from your words. Your deep impact on your loyal followers can never be stolen. You may one day invest in a type of website which protects you from Ctrl-V theft; however, until that day, know in your heart that theirs is counterfeit. Yours is real! Keep writing. Your loyal followers eagerly await your return. Return to us soon!

        • July 23, 2015 at 10:05 pm — Reply

          Now how can one reply to these thoughts of yours? I am extremely grateful for your support and i am more glad that even a small part of my thoughts can have that beautiful impact upon some people, i am deeply thankful, sincerely πŸ™‚
          I hope so too, if money permits it, we will upgrade the site into something more protected. I will be back eventually, soon enough, i have to gather my pieces and turn them into something creative and writing here is my energy! Once again, thank you! πŸ™‚

  16. July 23, 2015 at 1:15 am — Reply

    Thanks for posting this and sharing awareness through the k drama recap and blogging community. I am out of the loop a bit but this certainly got my attention.

    • July 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm — Reply

      You are very welcome and thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts and reblogging it, it truly means a lot! Thanks a lot for the support, it’s very much appreciated! I never thought something like that would happen in a very specific k-part of the internet….

      • July 23, 2015 at 11:58 pm — Reply

        I’m surprised it does not happen more often, but I’m jaded. I’ve been in fandoms for 15 years. I’ve been blatantly plagiarized twice and probably more than I even know. I stopped posting my fiction work (fan or original) a decade ago. I’ve had a k drama peer verbatim post something I’ve said previously in a personal conversation as their own original thought on a community forum. I was stunned to say the least. I’ve seen morally flexible people simply piggy back if not blatantly appropriate story ideas, article ideas, website ideas, etc., for many many years, so I feel everyone on this situation. It’s not cool.

        • July 24, 2015 at 12:54 am — Reply

          Woohoo, you have your own fandom medals!! *drinks some random soju as a celebratory act – wish i had some now, i have a bottle, but it’s empty πŸ˜› * That was harsh as well, even content presented in personal conversations is disheartening when it comes to the surface while being presented as someone else’s idea. “morally flexible people simply piggy back if not blatantly appropriate story ideas, article ideas, website ideas, etc” lol, loved your presentation as piggyback XD You presented it eloquently XD Thank you for one more time for the support! πŸ™‚

  17. July 23, 2015 at 1:22 am — Reply

    Reblogged this on RandomSoju and commented:
    Dramajjang has brought attention to my little k drama world that apparently blatant recap and blogging ‘appropriation’ is going on from a blog calledv zkpop.com. Materials that are being copied from various blogs and loaded to the zkpop site with out proper citation and credit. Please read Dramajjang’s post and then verify for yourself, of course.

  18. […] First off, it was brought to several bloggers’ attention that zkpop.com has been stealing content without proper attribution or credit. This is so not cool. You can read more about it at Dramajjang. […]

  19. July 23, 2015 at 2:03 am — Reply

    I am so sorry that this happened! I’d like to reblog this post to help get the word out about zkpop.com! I haven’t had such a terrible thing happen to me yet, but I want to help combat this with you!

    • July 23, 2015 at 2:09 am — Reply

      Thanks so much, you can reblog it if you want to ^-^ I invested more on how they do their dirty business if the original author has posted the article first (they take off the first paragraph and post the rest of the article) and how during the next recaps they make it seem as if zkpop posted it first! They make an article with the recap title of the drama and the episode and at the article’s body you can find only the video of the preview as they wait for the site or blog to post their original work 1-2 days later. Once the original article gets posted they edit the already existing one in zkpop and it looks like they posted it first! Will post tomorrow a new article on this, i am off to sleep because i am totally drained! Thanks a lot once again! πŸ™‚

  20. July 23, 2015 at 2:28 am — Reply

    I can only imagine how annoying and hurtful this must be. I’ve had some of my hard work stolen from me online before and it’s extremely annoying. I’ve never had any of my written work stolen from me, but I’m sure that’s much more hurtful than what I’ve had to deal with. I hope you can find a way to get them to stop soon! I’ll make sure to spread the word about this horrible site and tell my drama loving friends to stay way from it.

    • July 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm — Reply

      It is, it leaves you drained, it’s as if someone punched your soul and laughed back at you! Thank you so much for your words and support Introvertess (i still think it’s such an awesome “nickname”! πŸ˜€ )

  21. July 23, 2015 at 3:12 am — Reply

    On the bright side, it’s great to see people showing their support for the bloggers whose posts were plagiarized. By now I think most readers of these blogs know about this news & will avoid that other site.

    For anyone who is hazy on what EXACTLY plagiarism is, you can also check out <a href="http://asianaddictsanonymous.com/2015/07/22/serious-business-of-content-theft/"NeeNee's post on this topic.

    • July 23, 2015 at 3:14 am — Reply

      Oops the html didn’t work. >_>

    • July 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm — Reply

      And i can’t be thankful enough for this <3 I have another post in the making since that site works in more specific ways that want to make some recaps appear as if they posted them first and when they can't do so, they work differently. Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts heisui with your drama tea!!! πŸ™‚

      • July 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm — Reply

        I will keep a look out for your next post. :3

        • July 23, 2015 at 9:47 pm — Reply

          It’s on and it was more exhaustive than i thought it would be, my eyes! XD

  22. July 23, 2015 at 3:35 am — Reply

    Hang in there Kwon! I love reading your recaps and reviews. I can totally feel the passion, the sweat and the tears you put into every word, every paragraph, every screencap etc. Don’t despair. I am sure that site won’t survive too long. You have my support, will help spread this message!

    • July 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm — Reply

      Thank you SO much Mitta chingu <3 Your support and thoughts are deeply appreciated, i thanks you on behalf of my recaps, each paragraph, word and screencap are k-bowing! πŸ™‚

  23. July 23, 2015 at 5:08 am — Reply

    WTF!!! I tried to think of a better way to start my statement but that was the nicest way to say all the curse words I have in my head at the moment. I CAN NOT even begin to wrap my mind around understanding people that do things like this. I have tried my hand at doing a recap or review and I know first hand how time consuming those posts take and I don’t have the patience for it but I commend people like you and many of those that you named for going above and beyond in allowing your readers the opportunity to experience the drama through your thoughts and feelings.

    Hopefully this can be resolved by this site being taken down and/or credit being given to all that had work stolen from them. I hope the break gives you the insight to come back and continue doing what you love but I do understand the toll something like this takes. I have been through a similar ordeal. The only difference is that it didn’t happen online. It is a very stressful and painful ordeal to fight so I can only imagine how difficult a fight it would be if you tried to resolve it legally when it deals with digital content.

    Keep your head up and know that many of us are standing with you. HWAITING. Bloggers and Readers Unite.

    I will also reblog to get the word out.

    • July 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm — Reply

      Curse words can be a vast universe in times like these!!! πŸ˜€ Indeed, it’s a time-consuming task, but then again, it has its own fun while doing it and once you’ve finished one that’s the most precious part of the day XD
      Let’s hope that this whole shituation will flow well, but they posted another recap and they have another post waiting for the recap to come up in order to edit it lol I hope so too, i may try to work on the last ep of Eun Dong in order to give my Eun Dong recaps a closure and then, maybe, i will focus in non-airing dramas or reviews or whatever. I was waiting for this week to arrive after a re-exam so that i would be able to write about so many eps, but this doesn’t feel like an option, i feel drained with this whole thing going on. Filing a DMCA complaint requires money and we are just a humble blog, it’s not something we can afford at the moment :/
      Thank you SO much for your support and words, they are deeply appreciated and so is your reblogging, it really means a lot! πŸ™‚

  24. July 23, 2015 at 5:16 am — Reply

    Reblogged this on Delusions Of A K~Drama Wannabe and commented:
    Ah Jin and I decided to forgo his day to post “Woman Crush Wednesday” in order to share with you an article written by a fellow blogger whose works have been stolen and used by another site as their own material.
    Not only Dramajjang but other sites such as Dramabeans, Couch Kimichi and many others have had their articles published without permission at this site,
    Get the word out! Also if you a bloggers who recaps or reviews, please check to see if any of your articles have appeared.

  25. […] ReadΒ Kwon’sΒ Article – The Art of Copy/Paste and Other Dramaland Stories […]

  26. July 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    I’m so so sorry. That is so unfair. I’ve experienced this as well with folks who pirate my novels and offer them online. It’s such a violation. Don’t be discouraged.

    • July 23, 2015 at 9:42 pm — Reply

      Sorry for the late reply, the other post consumed my whole energy (and my eyes eventually)! Thanks a lot for your support, it’s deeply appreciated it! You know beforehand how it feels, especially when it comes to novels which are a soulful testimony. πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot once again!

  27. July 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm — Reply

    Infuriating news indeed. My heartfelt condolences to the numerous bloggers affected.

    Since the copycat(s) doesn’t/don’t seem to read anything in the recaps, maybe you guys can insert a note about how the works belong to you and not the offending site and how that site should be boycotted in the concluding thoughts of future recaps. You know, let them strangle themselves with their ill-gotten goods.

    • July 23, 2015 at 5:14 pm — Reply

      But not in the separate thoughts section, which they have cut away before. Somewhere slightly higher up and more discreet, maybe, where readers but not indifferent plagiarizers are bound to come across it.

      Not to forget that the style of writing is actually already a form of signature. 😎

      • July 23, 2015 at 6:16 pm — Reply

        Yeah, about the signature thing, as I was reading Kwon’s piece I thought “Keh, Oscar Wilde said it all: ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.'”, but it’s still disheartening.
        Kwon-ah! We’re all with you on that one, and thanks for spreading the word! People need to be more aware, I know I am now. HWAITING!

        • July 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm — Reply

          Kwon-ah formed a ray of laughter! XD Thanks a lot SO much, i deeply appreciate your words and support! Hwaiting and Oscar knows!!!!! Well, he knew, but he will always know!

      • July 23, 2015 at 9:49 pm — Reply

        I treasure your words and i am humbly thankful. *kowtow* *or maybe, Kowntow?* xD

        • July 24, 2015 at 5:35 pm — Reply

          What kowtow though? It’s far too easy to type a few lines online. Reserve that for the future Mrs Kwon’s parents-in-law. ^^

          Looking forward to that codes-and-parodies-loaded Eun-dong recap! It’ll give the thieves so much more work to do when they spot them.

          • July 24, 2015 at 11:18 pm

            Okay, i will keep it for then and i hope the in-laws won’t be drama-oriented, not in a good manner of speaking! XD
            When and IF they spot them because i am not sure if they are reading anything except for the first paragraph or something and i’m not even sure about that either! Will come up with something “interesting,” dunno if it will be amusing or whatever though πŸ˜›

    • July 23, 2015 at 9:44 pm — Reply

      I am thinking of writing a recap with hidden messages in between paragraphs XD Maybe i will try it in My Love Eun Dong’s last episode recap when i am in the mood and strength to do so because these 2 last articles exhausted me to the fullest, especially the second one. Thanks a lot A-philosopher chingu of the dancing chair!

      • anaht
        July 24, 2015 at 2:49 am — Reply

        Sorry if I show my ignorance as I have no idea how much work it takes to upload/post your recap once it’s written… but one method to thwart future thefts might be to post in the form of a picture with a watermark… it could be placed alongside the text as opposed to under it so as to not interfere with the legibility. A pic may be cumbersome, but they wouldn’t be able to delete it.
        (I tried to insert a sample, but I couldn’t add the pic. The watermark said “zkpop stole this from dramajjang”)

        • July 24, 2015 at 3:14 am — Reply

          Nah, no need to be sorry about anything! Once the whole recap is written it takes some time to put the pictures between paragraphs and then proofread it as a whole to minimize mistakes. Proofreading is the worst part of the story once you’ve finished anything else XD
          A few pictures like this with the watermark you proposed would own XD If i said i didn’t love the watermark it would be a lie πŸ˜› Something like, “text part – pictures – one of them has the watermark – text – pictures – one of them has the watermark” and such, right? Or i conceived it wrongly? πŸ˜€

      • anaht
        July 24, 2015 at 7:01 pm — Reply

        Actually, I was thinking that the text itself would be in photo form much like a scanned/faxed document so that it could be read easily, however, if copied, it would have to be taken in whole and someone else couldn’t edit it by deleting a paragraph or embedded watermark/message. anyway… just a thought.

        • July 24, 2015 at 11:16 pm — Reply

          Ah, that’s where my mind went first, but then i changed my view and posted what you read πŸ˜› It’s an interesting opinion to say the least, but the problem is that i like what is closest to written form and it’s the “natural” writing approach of a computer which is what we’re doing right now while writing to one another πŸ˜€ But yes, even then they would come up with something, it would take them a bit more time though!

  28. July 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm — Reply

    We are in your corner!!

    As you know, at IKurate we are big fans of your recaps and we want to join your crusade against “the website that should not even be named” so we hope you are all right with us pingbacking your heartfelt post.

    Do not despair, Kdramarecap readers know where the REAL recappers are.

    • July 23, 2015 at 9:46 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much IKurate power-duo! Your words mean SO much and your support even MORE! I was always alright with your pingbacking and more than thankful! πŸ™‚ Lol, my exhausted eyes read “where the REAL rappers are” XD Thanks so much once again, i think that soon i will have the answer to the petition πŸ™‚

      • July 24, 2015 at 10:34 am — Reply

        It’s our pleasure!
        Just let us know if there’s anything we can do to help.
        We just want to live in an ideal peaceful and trouble-free RecapLand.

        • July 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm — Reply

          ^-^ Will let you know soon, the petition conversations progress! πŸ™‚
          “We just want to live in an ideal peaceful and trouble-free RecapLand. ” this line was legendary, it could be the beginning of a Special Episode in a narrative tone in a dystopian environment as people try to rebuild dramaland after apocalypse XD

      • July 24, 2015 at 10:31 pm — Reply

        Hahahaha! We are glad the 70s sci-fi irony wasn’t lost and that we made you laugh at least a little! :p

        • July 24, 2015 at 11:13 pm — Reply

          Haha, i could easily imagine it in a Mad Max vein through a BigBang prism with a whole lot more of melodrama and kdrama quirkiness xD

  29. July 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm — Reply

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  30. July 23, 2015 at 6:50 pm — Reply

    Well, ain’t that just peachy. Sorry to hear you’ve been so blatantly robbed but unfortunately there are always those who will go to any lenghts to earn a dishonest buck. May pox rot their most intimate parts!

    I’ll link to this post as well, so let’s spread the word.

    • July 23, 2015 at 9:55 pm — Reply

      Go go pox XD It’s not a situation i expected to take place and it was definitely saddening. Thanks a lot for your support, it’s deeply appreciated! Thanks for spreading the word as well, the bigger the punch all of us forge the greater the power, or at least i think so.

  31. July 23, 2015 at 7:35 pm — Reply

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  32. anaht
    July 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    Is there any recourse that we as your fandom can participate in? I hesitated to check out that site because I didn’t want to add to the hit count, but I did and noted that there are advertisers. So that site is making money off of stolen goods. How can we help?

    I’ve been silently appreciating your insight and hard work in sharing the joys of dramaland. Now that I’ve come out of the dark, may I say that I especially like your motto ” -ikite ne, zutto ikite- ” though I probably don’t fully understand it.

    dramajjang, fighting!

    • July 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm — Reply

      Good that you hesitated, i just had to go there some times to get more proof i needed for the second article i wrote to make things more apparent of how that site “works” and that it’s not as innocent as it appears to be. I think there will be an online petition soon, as soon as i know more i will inform! πŸ™‚
      Thanks a lot for your support and most and above all for sharing your thoughts, they are deeply appreciated! πŸ™‚ I don’t want to spoil the magic so i won’t say much, “ikite ne, zutto ikite” is from 1 Litre of Tears, the first drama i ever watched and it still remains my favorite, it’s like the first love in dramaland XD If you’ve watched i will try to express my thoughts on it! πŸ™‚ Fighting chingu and thanks SO much!!!

  33. July 23, 2015 at 9:22 pm — Reply

    Oh dear…hope you’re okay Know Kwon. Gosh, I feel so angry right now.
    Tell me if there’s any way I can help.

    • July 23, 2015 at 10:11 pm — Reply

      Yoshina Bushi Taiyou! <3 I am gathering my pieces because it felt like a comet fell on my head in the first place. Just keep being you, this is more than helpful! πŸ™‚ Sorry for not passing by lately, there were exams, re-exams, stu-dying, trying to catch up with recaps and now this happened!!! But i will pass by soon, i know there will be beautiful poetic lines πŸ˜‰

      • July 24, 2015 at 4:57 pm — Reply

        Yes, it’s me, Know Kwon! <3 πŸ˜€
        Ah, I really miss our talks and banter! Ehehe.
        And, I am very sorry to see what's happening. You put in so much work in your reviews and someone is just copying it without asking and giving credit for it…*le Liam Neeson appears* I WILL FIND THEM AND I WILL KILL THEM.
        Seriously though. Humans can be so insensitive and ungrateful. Ugh! I wish I could be of more help. 😐
        I am sure you did good on the re-exams. ^_^
        I haven't been able to catch up with your blog (all credits go to Uni) either, which i REALLY WANT to! O_O
        Lately I have been watching Mask and aaaaaahhhhh Ju Ji-Hoon! <3
        You get the picture, right? ^-^"

        • July 24, 2015 at 11:21 pm — Reply

          Bbuing bbuing! Yush it’s you!!! .< Soon i will pass by your blog, have to find some mental balance with everything going on XD Not watching Mask, maybe sometime in the future, but not sure yet :O With the aaaaaaaaah i get the picture indeed, chincha-dance yoshina xD

  34. hariaharia
    July 23, 2015 at 9:32 pm — Reply

    Immitation is the best form of flattering… I agree with all the friends of the blogospher.
    Nontheless, even Shakespeare couldn’t handle it properly and, above everything else, couldn’t have a zen attitude whatsoever towards lazy and shameless thieves.
    Besides, any copy-cat (which, I’m sure it’s not a good idea for a pet) is an awful business plan; because there’s so much more inside those brains of yours and no immitation can beat that. I know it feels horrible right now but I’m sure you’ll bounce back in no time. Summer can do all the work for you, amici…the most blue sea, a magnificent sun and endless hours on those wonderful beaches of your country.
    Don’t overthink, just relax and fight them even harder. Soon the “thieves” will get tired of copying others even if that’s how they earn their living. There’s no fun in stealing other people’s ideas since only creativity satisfies human beings. I strongly believe that , Kwon Sang Seung-ssi. We’re all there for you, guys…Don’t give up on your talent, otherwise it would be a total waste! Να Ρισte καλα…I mean it from the bottom of my heart! Fighting πŸ™‚

    • July 23, 2015 at 10:25 pm — Reply

      Blogosopher! πŸ˜€ Loved this!! Shakespeare would be on our side and he would even compose a Shakespearean drama out of this! XD
      Yup, copy-cats are nasty pets and definitely an awful business plan. After i shatter my brain from wall to wall i will magnetize back the pieces and i will work on something drama-related! πŸ˜€ I didn’t feel anything summer related due to stu-dying, exams, re-exams and now this happened… There’s still one month and a few days, i must feel summer or else winter will be even more tiresome, even though winter is cool as well! I guess you’ll have more sea-baths than me this year! XD
      I will try to do so haria*2-ssi, these days i was only overthinking and even though i was emotionally drained i was too energetic due to all this rage at the same time, both edges were cancelling one another and there was a tiny Kwon sitting at the corner XD I will trust in your beautiful thoughts, they are always more than appreciated πŸ™‚ Thanks so much, ΞΈΞ± ΡίμαστΡ, stammi bene amico ^-^ <3 Fighting!!! πŸ™‚

  35. […] original article can be found at Dramajjang, I urge your to please take the time to go and read the post in full. There is a follow up article […]

  36. July 24, 2015 at 5:59 am — Reply

    AWFUL, just awful. And so brazen about it too SMH. Keep your head up!!

    • July 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm — Reply

      They definitely have no shame! I’ll even buy an iron hand to put it on my shoulder to keep the head high! XD

  37. July 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm — Reply

    Reblogged this on DramaDreamLand.

  38. July 31, 2015 at 9:39 pm — Reply

    It is terrible what some people can do for money. Stealing other people’s efforts, time and thoughts. I can’t even find the words to describe it. Isn’t there anyway to report such site. I have read about this http://www.ecreativeim.com/blog/2011/12/report-stolen-content-to-google/ but not sure if it will help or what?

    • August 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm — Reply

      It is :/ It’s something you can’t describe, but when you start describing it “nice” words pop up in mind immediately ;D We’re moving on with a process that will hopefully be helpful ^-^ I will also keep in mind the google report as well!! Thanks a lot precious chingu <3 Your thoughts and support always mean so much ^-^

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