I figure about 80% of her lipsticks e-book is based on my blog, and it looks like she is using my comparison charts about oils in just about any e-book in which she mentions them.
Upon further review, it looks like most of her e-books are copied and pasted from someone else's work, like Perry Romanowski of Chemists' Corner. She has some recipes that are clearly mine, and she is selling recipe books like "504 body care recipes" and calling them compilations.
Please don't buy e-books from this person. She is using materials from other people to teach classes and write e-books and this isn't okay. She is making money from the kindness of those who offer information on-line, and she is claiming our hard work as her own. She is taking money from my youth programs by cutting and pasting from the e-books I have written to raise money for them.
If you have purchased an e-book from her, and you see something you think may be mine, could you send me a screen cap image of the writing? I'd be so grateful to you for this. (Please don't send me the e-book aa I previously requested. I'd hate to be accused of breaching copyright for what she might have written. An image is allowed.)
And I guess I have to say this here - it isn't okay to use my writing without my permission to make money for yourself. Please don't use my charts, blog posts, or e-books without permission in your e-books, e-zines, classes, podcasts, and so on without asking if this is okay. Please don't copy my work or link directly to a chart. I don't make money from this blog, and I don't think it's fair that someone else thinks they can.
Please spread this information far and wide. If you have ever written anything on line, written a blog or an e-book, or shared a recipe, check out the tables of contents for the e-books she's selling on her site or on eBay to see if your work is there. If you've shared recipes, check out her compilation e-books as there are so many of them and I'm sure you'll recognize something. If you see your work there or recognize the work of others, I encourage you to write to her and let her know she's been caught. I have no idea how long she's been selling these e-books, but it needs to stop now.
I have written to her twice by e-mail, posted on her Facebook page, and Facebook messaged her with not response so far. I will be contacting the colleges at which she teaches her classes as I'm fairly sure I see some of my recipes there, too. I think I can write to eBay and tell them she isn't allowed to sell the things she's selling, but I don't think it'll change much unless we all do it together.
Update: She has responded to me, but she isn't taking responsibility for plagiarizing the material. Thank you to everyone who has been spreading the word on Facebook, Reddit, and other sites, and directly to her. I hope she is getting the idea that we as a community won't stand for making money by taking the work of others!
If you have any ideas of how we can stop Marlene from selling material that doesn't belong to her, please share with me! Thank you!
Here's an example from my post on rancidity, then her e-book:
Update: The saga continues. As I review materials by Marlene, I am finding instance after instance of direct copying from someone else's work. I have been writing to those writers, and I hope they will be in contact with her to cease and desist.
To those of you who wanted more evidence of intellectual property theft by Marlene, I attach the images below for your review from the lipstick e-book. Mine is in green, as usual...
This next passage is interesting because she stole the first part from me, the middle bit might be hers, and the last bit belongs to Full Bloom Apiaries, which appears to have originated at ebeehoney.com?
(First image mine, second image Marlene's e-book, third image from Full Bloom Apiaries.) You'll also note that she copied Full Bloom Apiaries or Ebeehoney's work on her site for the description about using beeswax and in this e-book on making pencils for mineral make-up.
As this unfolds, I've been alerted to quite a number of other people using my work for their own profit, including a company selling an on-line class using so much of my work that they aren't bright enough to alter to look less like my writing and research. (You would be shocked at how many people have written to tell me about this company!) Believe me when I say that there will be no mercy for the greedy and stupid as I meet with my lawyer tomorrow to plan our course of action.
Another update as of February 6th: Marlene Daniel's Facebook page and website are gone. I found that she was charging $1,000 for a course that was almost completely based on my writing, and I have sent her a demand for that money and for money from other e-books, which I'm sure I will never see. I know one person who paid for this course has been refunded, and I encourage others to make the same request. I will continue to communicate with the colleges at which she teaches courses using plagiarized recipes and materials. Please let me know if you see her selling these e-books again.
Before I close for the day, let's all enjoy this picture of baby Sasja watching Raymond making something lovely for dinner! Aren't puppies great? They definitely make things seem less stressful, except when they are stealing my socks from the table or the glasses from my face!
Sasja is getting so big! She is almost 6 pounds, up from 3.6 pounds when we adopted her in mid-December! She should be about 8 pounds when full grown. And we start puppy school next week. Or should I say that Raymond and I are starting puppy school next week and she's coming along for the ride!