An Update on Plagiarism – Mystical Life Publications

Mystical Life Publications, our publisher, has posted an update on what’s happening with the reported plagiarism and copyright infringement of our work.

Many thanks to the MLP team and to everyone who has contributed so far.

By |2018-06-30T13:00:09+00:00December 20th, 2014|news|14 Comments

About the Author:

Lara Atwood is a researcher and practitioner of the native, indigenous Indo-European religion of her ancient ancestors, which is a branch of the ancient Religion of the Sun. She runs the YouTube channel SakroSawel and the website ("sakro sawel" means "sacred sun" in Proto-Indo European). Writing alongside her husband Mark, she helped co-author the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun.


  1. Priya January 3, 2015 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Thanks everyone for the encouragement 🙂 There’s a lot to be learned from what’s happening with plagiarism of Mark and Lara’s work and its repercussions for spirituality.

  2. Geraldine December 30, 2014 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Yes, like Jenny said, this is quite depressing to see the extent of plagiarism, and just plain copyright infringements.. It seems like such a simple and correct thing to do to acknowledge the authors behind the work being published. It is just not on!

    Thank you to everyone helping to correct this, from the team at Mystical Life Publications and all the different individuals who continue to help peruse the internet and help put an end to this petty yet so critical crime.

    Sad to see as well that you will have to contact the hosting company of various websites as people do not reply to such simple requests..

  3. Maria December 29, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Thank you very much Lara for this update.

    This is extremely hard work and it feels happy and hopeful to hear about all you have done until now!

    Thank you everyone who is helping so plagiarism can be uncovered and wishing to go much further in this very important work.

  4. Gabrielle December 28, 2014 at 4:12 am - Reply

    It is great to hear of all of the progress that you’ve made so far on this. I wish you guys lots of strength and success with this initiative!

  5. Olga December 28, 2014 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Thanks for the update and for the hard work in putting a stop to all the plagiarism.

    Like others have said, for some reason its just too common for forms of plagiarism to reign over the internet. It must be linked to passivity as a spiritual blockage. It seems that when we are passive, we let the wrong rule over us. Whilst on the surface perhaps people may think they are spreading a spiritual message, there seems to be that element of shrugging off the seriousness of stealing other people’s work and claiming it for their own because its done when no one is watching, the conversation of what is right and wrong is between the do-oer and his/her thoughts. And therefore it seems easy to ignore the small, subtle feeling inside, that maybe something is wrong, and just doing it anyway because in a social or even grander scale no one sees the person doing anything wrong at all, its all hidden in the person’s conscience and private actions. I surely see this weakness in myself, but I tend to connect true spirituality to the work of the conscience and that honesty should really prevail, whether its obvious and public, or something we do in private.

  6. Michael E December 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks MLP team for the update. It is sad that so many people are plagiarising Mark’s work, often for profit. But it is also encouraging to see a focused effort to stop this from happening. I also wish strength to everyone involved.

  7. Roy December 24, 2014 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Many many thanks MLP and everyone who has helped to bring plagiarism to light. I can imagine when looking at the numbers, it can be a bit of a set back. However, you are making the problem more visible so something can be done about it. Lot’s of guidance and perseverance in this task, you are doing a wonderful job!

  8. Aleksandr December 24, 2014 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Thank you Lara for the update. It’s great to see such a strong effort to clean these teachings. The figures seem discouraging, but I am sure that there is much to be learned from all this.

    Thank you for all that you and Mark provide and for the wonderful example that you set. I wish you a strong Summer Solstice, and an amazing 2015.

  9. john p December 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Well done to the team, it’s been a very busy 2014 and what a great effort from every one involved!

  10. Mike December 23, 2014 at 1:55 am - Reply

    These statistics aren’t exactly encouraging… it’s hard to believe the extent to which Mark’s work has been plagiarized and it’s absolutely shameful that some website managers won’t own up to their illegal and unethical actions so that you have to contact their web hosts. What a world we live in…

    I wish the MLP team good luck and strength in following up with and resolving all the issues!

  11. Jenny December 21, 2014 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    The number of instances is indeed very large, and I think dealing with this issue is just part of internet reality these days and it can take quite a lot to spot and deal with it all. This crowd sourcing idea really worked out well for spotting these incidents and tackling them. I know how huge of a task it is to be following up on all these cases, so thanks to everyone involved and it’s great to see the work on here being reclaimed and properly attributed!

    • Vida December 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      yeah, the numbers are intense. It is great to see that many are being resolved but I can only imagine what a wild goose chase it is for most of it.

      I’ve been doing some research unrelated to this, trying to find factual information, and it is astounding at just how many websites take the same paragraph of information and post and re-post over and over again, sometimes crediting the author(s), other times not, and I’ve seen how impossible it is to find the source material since I’m getting such a diluted pile of information. So I can definitely see how easily the work put out on this website and MLP have been used in this various ways as well and just how damaging that is to people who genuinely want the information and should be able to get it at it’s source.

      • Geraldine December 30, 2014 at 2:58 am - Reply

        Vida, you’ve hit the nail on its head. I am finding the same thing, and how hard it is to get back to the original source, it is literraly like walking through a maze, wasting time and efforts to find the real facts and information..

        This is why it is so important to correct this plagiarism and copyright infringements – it is so wrong on so many levels…. Thank you to everyone who is trying to correct this – it really is very meaningful and important.

  12. Karim December 20, 2014 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    The scale at which content is taken from this website, as was suggested in the first article, has now definitely been confirmed by those numbers in my opinion.

    But even though the numbers are a bit depressing, I liked Priya’s point that this current stream of activity is the most organised and focused way this issue has been dealt with. Also it seems the MLP team’s great work is making progress, all the best with it!

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