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05
Nov
07

the good guys win

Well, it seems that I have been victorious in my little battle with a certain dirty little plagiarist. When I checked her site today, the post was gone.

I want to say a special “thank you” to the lovely woman in Great Britain who was kind enough to draw this to my attention.

What really made my jaw drop, though, was that in its place was another “clown” post, in which she complains about–are you ready for this?–bloggers who are “incapable of doing [their] own thing… and can only copy and paste”.

Sweet Mother of Jesus! I was sorely tempted to point out the irony of this statement to her publicly, but for once in my life I decided to keep my big mouth shut (see, Annie, I do listen to you).

Quite honestly, a quick perusal of her {ahem} writing shows that we are not exactly dealing with a paragon of emotional stability here, so for once in my life I’m just walking away.

Cheeky bimbo.

-Smith

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05
Nov
07

plagiarized and pissed off!

Yes, it’s true. Some moron has actually stolen one of my posts and reposted it as her own. Don’t believe me? Check this out!

Of all the stupid things to rip off, why would anyone steal the coulrophobia post? I suppose I should be glad she’s not plagiarizing anything halfway decent, but still, it’s the principle of the thing.

I guess I should be flattered, in a way. I mean, no one would steal my stuff if I totally sucked and no one read my blog. Granted, the thief in question isn’t exactly a literary giant in her own right, as a visit to her blog will readily reveal. And yes, I realize that plagiarizing Smith isn’t quite the same as plagiarizing Hemingway.

But that’s not the point, is it? I wrote it, she stole it, and that pisses me off!

I did try to take care of this the nice way. I didn’t want to air out dirty laundry in public. (I’ve already learned that lesson the hard way). So I PM’d her with a request that she either remove it or give me attribution.

I had to register on the site first. This in itself was a pain in the ass, since this is apparently a dating site of some kind and I had a hell of a time convincing their server that I wasn’t looking for a date. I sent her three PM’s, all diplomatically worded (I’m sure you didn’t MEAN to steal my stuff, dearie. A simple oversight, no doubt).

No reply. I guess she’s turned off by the fact that I’m not looking for a date with someone from the UK. So I left one of my usual delicately worded comments, which I assume is still there unless she clobbers it. I also sent a complaint to the site admin.

I’m still holding out hope that this is all just a misunderstanding on someone’s part. Maybe she’ll do the right thing. It’s not like I’m looking for money here, just a little credit for my own intellectual (in the loosest sense of the word) property. As John Lennon once wrote, “It gets on my tit!”.

-Smith




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