As a writer, how do plagiarists make you feel? Do you think it's no big deal if someone steals words and passes them off as their own work, or do you think it's just as bad as stealing something physical? Personally, I find myself a bit annoyed that a lot of people people I know think plagiarism is no big deal and plagiarists irritate me much, much more than they probably should. How do you feel about plagiarists and plagiarism and why?
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I love the poem! Plagiarists bug me with what they do far beyond its effect on my own work. When I'm investigating copies of my own work, I often find the same person has stolen from many others.
I don't feel flattered anymore than I'd feel flattered by having my pocket picked, either. I'd like to find a way to get this concept through to some of the non-writers in my life. Thanks for your input!
You can use google's wayback machine http://archive.org/web/web.php to find and prove you published an article first and get your rights to it back.
Almost all my articles from Yahoo! Voices got stolen. Chloe is correct about using the wayback machine to file your DMCA. Good luck reclaiming your property.
Thanks, I'll give that a whirl and see what happens.
Same has been happening to me. Only some writers got smart and changed my words around but stole my ideas:(
LOL! I can only imagine how such a thing reads after translation. I know Americans who can't understand British humor and that's when it's in English.
Mixed metaphors are like a bird in the hand being better than all your eggs in one basket!
Kylyssa, I love you for that.
Yeah it takes hours of research. I review anime, movies, and TV shows, so I can easily spend more than 10 hours on just the watching per article. Not to mention the rare book review I manage and all the time it takes to read a book. It's not fair.
It seems almost like hubs are doused in some kind of catnip that attracts thieves because plagiarists seem to steal a lot of hubs. Good luck with your DMCAs. I hope the thieves who took your words get taken down soon.
It's like playing whack-a-mole, fighting plagiarists; you knock one down and he just pops up somewhere else with a new name.
One person plagiarized my article but credited me at the end, which is fine with me but Hubpages still doesn't like it and they didn't ask first.
Rachael, thanks for your comment about the mixed metaphor.
Do you have a favourite?
Mine would have the HubPolice down on my case faster than greased lightning up a ferret's downpipe.
Why would the original content be hurt by loss of revenue? Wouldn't the stolen content just be penalized by Google as it senses it as duplicate? I do not understand how the revenue of the original author can be hurt from websites copying the content.
" I do not understand how the revenue of the original author can be hurt from websites copying the content." Whenever Hubpages sees your article has been plagiarized they disable ads on it. I guess they don't know who was the original.
I agree completely. I hate how it causes me to check the writing of others for plagiarism before I subscribe to their blogs or feeds, too. I don't enjoy being suspicious, but I really don't want to support plagiarists, no matter who they steal from.
Pick-pocketing is a good analogy!
Thanks for answering. I wonder why it's so obvious to us, but some people just see nothing wrong with it?
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They tend to have many, many victims, too. Unfortunately, they just need a name change to start over with a clean reputation. I'm off to look at your profile to see your hub on the subject.
I think the whole economy must (and eventually will) change, creating new ways for people who create intellectual property to make a living on it. Something has to give and I think it starts with educating people. Thanks for your insight.
Most of my AC articles had been copied by the time it shut down. If you want to get your rights to yours back, you can file DMCAs using the wayback machine URLs where you can see them for the authorized copy location space on the form.
The ones that were stolen from me, I contacted the website owners and the articles were taken down and usually the same sites
While you make a good point about 100% original, and there's good food for thought on that topic, "slightly bothered" is not an appropriate description of how those writing to make a living feel if someone absconds with their work/reputation.
Yeah but when you get an idea from others you need to have quotation marks and attribute the quote to the original author, or if you're paraphrasing someone you should cite the source. That's why we teach citation styles such as MLA, APA, and Chicago
This is how I would feel. I speak only for myself.
RL, Yes, but I think AK's reference is to writing that is more nebulously related to another's work.
AR, Yes, understood, and I think I can understand the position! :)
I'm too poor to feel flattered when people steal from me. However, if you've got plenty of wealth to spare, I could see how it would be mildly flattering. Thanks for the insight into a different viewpoint.