The Plague of Plagiarism
My Dear Plagiator,
"Have you ever tried to recycle spam Email? I came across a blog which claims to dedicate to Email spam recycle, here is it: http://spamrecycle.blogspot.com."
I've taken a look at this blogspot (oldest post Monday, 15 December 2008) and I've found this text here:
"About Spam Recyle: Do you hate spam? I love it. It's all talking about great pills, replica watches, online dating communities, free traffics, making thousands of dollars per day online. All those products that will help you regain control of your masculinity or a new amazing way of male enhancement to outwit Mother Nature! These doctor recommended products will enhance your masculine virility and length, with great results for your lovemaking life. If you don't get instant satisfaction... you simply get your money back! So what are you waiting for? There are some Great Pills of Fire here!"
All posts are by Jim Sheng, so I presume Hubber Jim Sheng is the owner of the blogspot he promoted in the comment section of my Great Spam Recycler Hub. In that case, Jim Sheng in December 2008 has simply copy/pasted the text above from my Great Spam Recycler Hub created in August 2008, the same Hub where he left his spammy comment. (Spamming his way through my Hub, he must have forgotten he plagiarised this Hub a month ago...)
Here is a copy/paste of my Hubtext (being the writer of these lines, I am entitled to do this):
"Do you hate spam? I love it... if I can recycle it in some really dumb cartoons! It's all talking about sex here, I am afraid... But nevertheless, here are some great quotes from those spam mails about the products that will help you regain control of your masculinity or a new amazing way of male enhancement to outwit Mother Nature! These doctor recommended products will enhance your masculine virility and length, with great results for your lovemaking life. The new Karma (sic!) Sutra skills are coming within your reach with the herbal products of the love doctors. If you don't get instant satisfaction... you simply get your money back! So what are you waiting for? There are some Great Pills of Fire here!"
Not so long ago, I've changed these lines a bit... the only reason why there are some differences with the lines recycled by the Spam & Other Texts Recycling Jim Sheng.
Here in Europe, an idea or a concept is not copyrighted, but even the title of the Jim Sheng blogspot "Spam Recycle" is, well... a nearly copy/paste from my "The Great Spam Recycler", and he also copy/pasted my "Great Pills of Fire" quote.
Text, however, is always and everywhere "copyrighted material". This Great Jim Sheng Copycat didn't ask permission to use my idea, concept, title and text... So, the blogspot he is spamming about in the comment section of the Hub he plagiarised, is illegal.
Because there was no other way to contact The Spamming Plagiator, I became his Hub Fan. I've send him some fan mail (yeah... I'm a big fan of my own work!), saying that if he wanted to maintain his Spam Recycle blogspot, he had to put a link to my Great Spam Recycler Hub on it. And he also had to give me full credit for using my idea, concept, title, slogan and text.
Jim Sheng didn't approve my fan mail yet. And he hasn't answered my message either. So I filed a complaint to Community Manager Maddie Ruud and when there came no answer to email@example.com, but here also I only got the Sound of Silence.
So I decided to write this Hub on the Plage of Plagiarism.
I've heard some nasty things about stolen identities and that sort of stuff. If there is an explanation, Jim Sheng, let me know. In the Comment Section, for instance. If there is no explanation, I still find it necessary that HubPages should take some action, and not only in this case of plagiarism. You can flag a Hub, but you can't flag a blogspot and you can't flag a Hubber who puts your content on his blogspot.
"Plagiarism is the use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work." (Wikipedia)
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