Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Justice in the Blogging World

I have been completely blown away these last two days, by the support and loyalty shown towards me by people who have read my blog, interacted with me on Twitter and Facebook, and who have offered me their assistance via email. The fiasco with copyright issues has brought people together, raised awareness and shown me a very positive side to blogging. After contemplating a blog break, I have realised that I would only be doing this because of my trust in the blogging world having been broken. But after this outstanding show of loyalty, I am honoured to say that the trust is still there, albeit in a vigilant way. You have all shown me that our blogging community and the online community as a whole, is a wonderfully supportive place to be and I for one am grateful to be a part of it. On Saturday evening, I went to bed and hardly slept. I told myself during the night that I was taking my blog too seriously and needed to back off, thus meaning my only hobby may no longer exist. Most of us have at least one hobby we enjoy, and it is something we get great pleasure in pursuing. For me, it's blogging. And if I ever have a break from doing it, it will be because I want to, not because I feel forced to.

What that thief (for that's what she is) has done to me is make me stronger. If she thinks it's okay to steal other people's words and pretend they're her own, then I pity her. As both her blogs have now been deleted, and I am quite sure she has created another profile known simply as "I", then I think we can safely assume she has realised that what she has done is violation, theft and unlawful use of content. I'd like to move on from this experience. I want to get my blog back to being about me, my family, my daughter, my life, and take it away from being about a total stranger whom obviously has no morals, no shame and no remorse. Incredibly, she left a particularly bizarre comment on Yellow Gal's blog stating that she has done nothing wrong, we have all been mean to her and we should be ashamed of ourselves. For what, I have no idea, but as she went to the trouble of changing the odd word in each post, I would say it was obvious she knew what she was doing was wrong. What I find extremely sad is how her readers and followers naturally assumed the posts were written by her, about her, and left sympathetic comments not realising they were being taken for fools. There were 151 posts copied from one blog alone and I'm not sure whether that was mine or not.

Perhaps we'll never know who deleted her blogs, but at least we all know that sticking together and supporting each other is definitely the way to go. If the offender has read the comments on my previous post, then I hope she has learned a very valuable lesson; don't mess with a sheep farmer who has a "Beware of the Dog" sign on her front gate.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE
CJ xx

40 comments:

  1. I missed the earlier post CJ - but can understand the upset it caused you. What a very strange thing to do but glad it has been resolved and hope you feel better about it now.

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  2. Good to hear it's all sorted. What a nightmare. But even more pleased to hear you're not going to stop blogging! Phew.

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  3. I'm glad you've had a resolution but I bet it still rankles. I'd be upset too, but don't let it get to you too much - your blog is still here and you're okay. Take care x

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  4. Illegitimi non carborundum... glad to see they're not!

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  5. Aye lass - some queer sad buggers out there! ((((HUGS)))) Dxx

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  6. I'm so relieved to read this as I know how important your blog is to you.
    Your blog and following can only go from strength to strength from now on.
    Lucy x

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  7. Just had to read your last post before commenting. I'm really shocked, she can't possibly have felt that what she was doing was ok, and I find it sad that a person has so little to say themselves they have to steal someone elses words! Good for you, standing up to her! Nat

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  8. I've only just caught up with all this. I'm horrified with what you must have been through, but admire your strength. The support you have had is a comforting thought. If you don't mind, I'd like to ask how you found out posts had been stolen? Just so that I can be more aware, I've only had a blog a few months and I'm getting goose pimples just reading your last post.

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  9. I'm glad that is resolved. It will come back to her in its own time.

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  10. when communities come together for the greater good of all great things can happen...

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  11. It is a shame when someone stoops to that level of stealing the words of someone else as their own. Bravo to you for standing up for yourself. Glad you are staying here with us in Blogland!

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  12. I'm glad that the power of the blogging community has come through for you! It's outrageous that someone could do something so blatant and hope to get away with it. I'm very glad you'll be sticking with the blogging too - it would be horrible to have to give up something you loved doing.

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  13. I didn't sleep on Saturday either, but I am heartened by the support shown by other bloggers. Plagiarism will still exist but it's good to know there are many bloggers out there who support us when it happens.

    It still amazes me that a blogger in the US told me that a blogger in Pakistan was copying my posts, a blogger in France checked out her site for me to see if it was sinister and a blogger in NZ helped me to find the plagiarist's profile and e-mail address. Small world!

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  14. Good for you! I'm looking forward to your new posts.

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  15. I see the comment above me is the same one I moved to spam and then deleted. I have gotten it twice. Don't know what that is all about.
    Maybe this blogger needs to be deleted too!

    I am thrilled this has been resolved. Don't fret over it anymore. Enough time, energy and emotion wasted on said copycat.

    Looking forward to more of your usual blogging. Go CJ!

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  16. Phew! Glad you haven't stopped blogging.
    Also really glad that the offending blogs have been deleted.Hope it was by Blogger.

    Also pleased that you felt that everyone stuck by you and that you received such good support from everyone.
    Giving up a blog through something like that might well give her a sense of satisfaction. There are some very strange people out there but fortunately, the vast majority are kind and considerate people.
    Hope thats the end of it.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  17. Good for you. Don't stop doing something that you love.

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  18. "I" huh! Well, glad that Hopefully this is the end of stealing from you and the other ladies blogs! Some people Have no shame OR self worth!
    Glad you're "getting back on the old horse"!!
    (((HUG)))

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  19. Your voice is your voice CJ. No one should nick it and pretend its their own. Well done and keep going. xxx

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  20. Fantastic news (though a salutory experience and a warning to any blogger). At least the good gal won! xxx

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  21. After reading your post about the plagiarism I went over to the two blogs and they had been deleted. My guess is 'she' deleted them herself after being found out. I'm glad it's sorted now, it would have been terrible if you had felt you needed to stop posting. x

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  22. So glad that this instance at least has been resolved.

    Fortunately my blog is political in nature and it's probably unlikely that anyone would want to pretend they'd written my stuff! But what has happened to you could so easily have happened to any one of us.

    So thanks for not taking it lying down: in protecting yourself, you've helped to protect us all.

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  23. Hi CJ - Glad to hear that you have decided to carrying on with your blog and not let someone spoil something that you obviously love writing. Take care and carry on blogging xx

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  24. Alex and I were sure we wrote something here. Oh, well, we are both becoming elderly.

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  25. I'm so sorry to read that you have had an upset CJ but pleased to know that your blog will be continuing. I don't visit very often, especially lately, but I do enjoy it whenever I do get here. A x

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  26. I heard from Blogger this morning. It was a very bog-standard email that is quite obviously sent to anyone who reports abuse. They said they couldn't get on the blogs because they have been deleted and if I had any further issues that I should contact them by reply email.

    So, in a nutshell, Blogger haven't done anything.

    At least the copyright criminal has had the decency (albeit far too late) to delete both her blogs. Unfortunately, she has shown NO remorse and we can only therefore assume she still thinks she has done NOTHING WRONG.

    Incredibly sad. Beyond belief.

    Thank you once again, your support has meant a tremendous amount to me.

    CJ xx

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  27. I have missed some things as I have been out. OH MY! Im so glad you have had much support. Looks like I have a bit of catchup to do here. Im glad she is shut down. Hopeful to never do this again to another. Theifs never win. Im so glad to hear of the wonderful support that our bloggie world gives to us. Im glad you will not be shutting down either. My blog is very improtant to me as yours is to you. That would be such a huge voulation. Prainsg God for the resovle.
    Blessings

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  28. i had no idea things like this went on until i saw your tweet last week . I was shocked and sickened !! Im delighted that you have been able to sort it out ,it would have made me crazy , and so glad you didnt take a blog break!

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  29. Good for you for fighting this and of course you were always going to have a mass of support!

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  30. I'm glad you've found some resolution to all of this. Maybe now you can feel you're back to normal.

    Though you've had your words stolen, others have had their art stolen. I have a friend who creates her own designs and sells them on Etsy. Not long after she posted one such successful design, she found her pattern cloned and her items being sold dirt cheap. It happens all over the internet.

    As for your own thief, may the fleas of 1,000 camels infest her in areas she'd be mortified to scratch.

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  31. Oh, my gosh. The nerve of some people. Good to see that both blogs are gone.

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  32. I follow your blog because I like the way you have with words and the feelings you depict. Forget that thief, she has no words of her own.

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  33. I went back and read the earlier post. I guess the amazing thing is that it doesn't happen more often. Or maybe it does. How was the copying initially discovered? (Sorry, maybe you explained this and I missed it.) How would any of us check to see if someone is copying our blog? I never really gave it much thought. Glad this is resolved for you, but what an ordeal!

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  34. I came to this all a little late after workingmums post. I am pleased it is sorted. I would have been very unhappy to. It is just plain morally wrong never mind the legals. Happy carry on blogging xxx

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  35. Telos kalo, ola kala I see! (Good end, everything's good!)

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  36. I was flabbergasted when I read your previous post about this and then equally surprised when I told my flatmate what had happened and he just said "Yeah? So? It happens all the time". No offence - he has never read your blog so he didn't mean it didn't matter to you - it was just that he was completely unsurprised that it happened at all. Seems it's very prevalent. What the reasons are, who knows? I guess some people just want to be able to say they have a blog and can't be bothered to write one. Some might be trying to sell something and want people to visit the blog and then see a link to something else. Maybe they have a site where they're paid every time someone clicks on it. Who knows?

    I'm please the offending blogs have been taken down though I doubt the offender has stopped her tactics. I'm disappointed at Blogger's response though. I would have liked them at least to say that they would be checking on the ID and ISP of the offender and making sure that they couldn't start another blog.

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  37. Em -you're ok, I totally realise now that this is more common than I ever thought. It certainly opened my eyes. And it's a shame that the offending blogger will probably not learn from this experience. I was very disappointed with the lack of response from Blogger but I have to say, it doesn't surprise me. At least the blogs have been deleted.

    Thanks for commenting, CJ xx

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  38. I found you through Donna (Made in Heaven), and was shocked to read about the theft of your writing! I mostly blog about my life, but had been considering installments of a book idea I've been playing around with. It's based on paranormal experiences that friends and family have had. I now worry about putting the information on my blog.

    Anyway, I just became a follower and hope to have time to read more of your writing!

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  39. Just read your posts concerning the ordeal you have been through with the blogging thief. Good for you to create a huge hullabaloo over the incidents and for alerting Blogger (and good for Blogger for taking her blogs down). Your leadership was outstanding. I'm just sorry you had to go through it all in order to help others to have their eyes more wide open!

    Amy and your dogs are SO great. :)

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  40. don't mess with a sheep farmer who has a "Beware of the Dog" sign on her front gate.
    I LOVE THAT !!!! :))

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