But now I've heard about several posts that have been copied, branded about the Internet, and used illegally by people who obviously don't give a shit about copyright. Something that has really irritated me about these latest findings is that none of the plagiarisers have apologised for their actions, even though some have admitted they copied the work. It sickens me to think this is happening more and more. Images and words are being taken and it's pure and simple theft. Why don't people realise that when they publish a post on their blog that is someone else's work, that they should either a) ask permission to use it, b) ask permission and link to the original post, or c) have some decency and not use it at all. It isn't funny, it isn't big, and it certainly isn't something to be proud of. People involved with plagiarism should be removed from social media with immediate effect. They don't deserve the joy of having a blog.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Plagiarism on the Internet
In recent weeks I've again been hearing about blog posts being illegally copied. Whether any of mine have been I don't know. Some of you may remember the angst I went through last year when a significant number of my posts had been used on someone else's blog and passed off as her own. She changed a few words here and there to make it look authentic, but my regular readers knew instinctively that the posts were mine. I expressed my disgust, made a considerable amount of fuss on various social networking sites and eventually the offending blog was deleted. Whether the fact that it was deleted by the blog author is a good thing I don't know, but it just goes to show that Blogger did absolutely nothing to defuse the situation. They answered my report of abuse by asking for further evidence but when I sent it, they never got back to me. Extremely poor in my opinion, and if Blogger can't even be bothered to do anything about it, then it isn't going to stop the thieves is it. But the fact still remains that plagiarism is a crime. When someone has worked hard on writing a blog post or an article only to find it passed off as someone else's work, it can be particularly demoralising. And for me as a writer, it was.