I Saw What You Did

I like blogging. I like coming up with an idea or a song, and then writing something that hopefully people will respond to. It’s not always the easiest thing to do, but I do like to do it. So imagine my surprise when one of my posts was lifted, word for word, from here and copied and pasted to another blog without any credit given whatsoever. I would have never known, had it not been for the fact that I had a link in the stolen post to another post on the blog. The resulting pingback alerted me to what was going on. While most pingbacks I approve, this one I denied.

The blogger in question, sanjays20, gave my post a different title and set it up at this link: https://sanjays20.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/smooth-criminal/.

My post that he lifted was called So She Ran Into The Bedroom. Anyone who reads that blog post at that site should be able to tell that something’s not quite right about it: the very first sentence begins with the words “Closing out the month of June…”, and it’s now November! The post also makes mention to a series of posts about Michael Jackson, none of which can be found at that blog.

I’m not one of those people who doesn’t want his work seen by others, but I do ask that if you want to reference my work on your blog, do it the way most other conscientious bloggers do it: either reblog the post or link to it properly. Don’t take others’ work and make it look like your own.

Has this ever happened to any of you or your blogs? If so, what did you do about it? For now, I have removed that blogger from my follow list (he gave my blog a follow before he lifted the post), and I have no intention of giving him a follow. I have put a copyright notice on the blog now, but I don’t know what effect that might have going forward.

So, sanjays20, I saw what you did. If you call yourself a blogger, come up with your own work, instead of stealing from others. If you must use others’ work on your site, give them some credit. Re-blog or link the post, or even give the author’s name and link to their blog. It’s the fair thing to do.

16 Replies to “I Saw What You Did”

  1. Hey T. Wayne! Sorry to hear about that blatant theft of your blood, sweat, and tears. Have you tried contacting Word Press? I don’t know if they can shut their account down for a bit like the other social media sites. It might be worth a try.

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  2. Their blog seems to be one of those odd ones that pop up from time to time that seem to merely exist to feature posts other people did. Most of them just lazily hit the reblog button (Which at least does credit the original author) and I’ve had several posts of mine reblogged by blogs chock full of random reblogs, but this is the first time I’ve seen one that outright steals posts. Of course, like you said, without the pingback, you’d have been in the dark so who knows how many times it’s happened to any of us.

    I’ve found artwork I’ve done reposted on other art sites without any credit to me, and the process to have it removed is a much bigger pain in the butt than it’s worth. It sucks, but with the way the internet works, it’s unfortunately too easy to plagiarize…

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    1. I may see what WordPress can do, if anything. I have seen many blogs that do nothing but feature other persons’ content, but like you say most of those are reblogs, not outright plagiarize. Oh well.

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  3. Yep its disturbing … I’ve not referenced (as in quoted site; author etc at the bottom) a couple times … usually by mistake … but as they’ve always been reblogs, the name of the original site always comes up! The other I like to do as a courtesy. its not a hard to reference … and give credit where credit is due I feel! Good on you for saying so!! 😉

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    1. Thank you, friend for the encouraging words. Without that pingback though, it could have happened and I wouldn’t have known a thing. As you say, it isn’t hard to do give credit where it is due. Even something as simple as a link and a mention of the original author would do if you didn’t reblog the post.

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    1. Thanks, Lennon. I suppose if imitation is a sincere form of flattery, outright stealing must be some kind of admiration…but yes, it is rude to take someone else’s work and make it look like your own.

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