Thursday, August 07, 2008

Dude, You Stole My Article


This article is about one writer's pursuit of the truth behind a strange "newspaper" that got almost its entire content by plaigarizing the work of other writers, including the author of this article.

Stealing a writer's work is very nasty business. I had it happen to me. Fortunately, just like the writer of this article, I was able to shut down the "operation" by two disgruntled former members of my writer's forum who, after being booted from my community for their abusive conduct toward other writers, sought their revenge by making a website of their own and posting my various works, in their entirety, on their site without my consent and without giving me any attribution as the writer of my own works.

That's right. They put their own names to MY writing. They simply copied and pasted, in whole, my work. In THEIR names.

And I shut them down. Not to mention, they were plaigarizing whole chunks of published works from publications like the Washington Post and New York Times, etc. and when I notified those writers, their papers' attorneys settled the plaigarists' hash right quick.

Don't steal. If you love writing, then JUST DO IT. Write! That is all.

P.S. See the links in the right column here about copyright and protecting your own work. You won't be sorry you did.

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