Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – plagiarism isn’t

June 8, 2008 11:20 PM

I am shaking my head at this seriously inept attempt to plagiarise my posts. The guy has linked me on his blogroll thus ensuring that I would know about his existence if I did a vanity check on my incoming links, and then he proceeds to copy and paste 4 of my posts in their entirety on his front page without acknowledging that I was the original writer.

The posts that were copied are the following:

Copying posts in their entirety without adding a word of your own thoughts is bad enough; doing so without giving credit where credit is due is worse. Furthermore, in one of the posts I had use a photo on a Creative Commons license which I had credited the photo owner for, but this guy just copies it wholesale without doing the same.

I’m not gonna give him any link love but here is the address:

I’ve already sent him a polite email and a comment trying to explain to him how it might feel if someone else had done the same to him. The posts are still up there. So I guess I’m going to have to say a bit more on the subject.

You don’t get ahead in blogging by plagiarising. You will not gain loyal readers because they will notice that the writing style is suddenly different. And you lose credibility the moment that you are caught. Even if you do become a good writer down the track, you’ve done irreparable damage and people will be less inclined to believe a word that you have to say.

So don’t be stupid like this guy. Practice your writing by writing your own words and you will get better. Plagiarise and you’d go nowhere.

16 thoughts on “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – plagiarism isn’t

  1. Yuuka

    He probably doesn`t see the need to expressly credit you seeing as he`s already got you linked (as his hero!) in the depths of his blogroll. πŸ˜‰

    Weird how his blog is supposed to be about himself and his thoughts about life/society but he lifts your posts without adding so much as a “LOL, so true.” It`s as though he only blogs to seek validation from readers.

  2. Katie

    What is it with plagiarisers/spammers being so stupid that they would link to the person they’re stealing from? Duh!

    It’s flattery but it’s also annoying, and I hope he takes it down. The worst I’ve had are my images being hotlinked, which is also stupid because I easily find them and change them. I swear they just don’t think!

  3. mooiness Post author

    nadnut: yeah isn’t he? I don’t understand the logic at all, but then as Yuuka says …

    Yuuka: if you explain it that way, it makes a little bit more sense. πŸ˜‰

    v.u.: yeah the evil plagiarising one. Heh.

    blur ting: no kidding!

    Katie: heh it is kinda stupid to link back to me on his blogroll, isn’t it? Hotlinkers are wank jobs too but those are easily punished.

    jl: no doubt!

  4. waterlearner

    Wow .. quite a bad experience huh. I have quite a few blogger friends who encounter the same as you did.

    I really wonder what’s the joy of copying someone else’s writings and putting them wholesale in their own website.

  5. mooiness Post author

    waterlearner: maybe they think that it’s something like scrapbooking???

    sourrain: yeah exactly! I’m like … HUH?!

    Lupin: for sure!

    Fredison: probably nothing much but I’m not too worried – my content has been out on the web longer so Google knows that mine is the original and I wouldn’t lose search traffic to him as such. But it is stealing and that never feels good.

  6. mooiness Post author

    Fredison: I dunno about fame, I’m not that big a blogger. In a twisted way, perhaps I should feel proud that he thinks my writing is so good that he can impress others with it, who don’t know about me.


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