Plagiarism

Tom Lehrer (picture from Wikipedia)

“In one word he told me secret of success in mathematics… Plagiarize.”

(‘Lobachevsky’ – Tom Lehrer)

I found at the weekend that one of my reviews – of Sparkling Cyanide, by Agatha Christie – had been lifted and reposted on another blog, with only a few minor tweaks to the wording (and which gave the impression that the writer was illiterate, but that’s another matter entirely). I’d not have known anything about this except that, in the text of my original post, there was a link to another review on my blog (Towards Zero, also by Christie), which was pingbacked from the re-post. Not only is the re-poster a plagiarist (my post was not acknowledged), he or she is also incompetent.

In this situation, what does one do? Leave a comment on the offending site? (I’m unwilling to do this in case it just wants my details) Grimace and bear it? Follow Fyrefly’s example and start putting copyright notices at the end of each post?

Anyway, rant over. I’ll post a proper review later.

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2 Responses to Plagiarism

  1. Niranjana says:

    Sorry to hear this! My blog has been plagiarized in the past, and sadly, nothing happened inspite of repeated emails and a bit of blogosphere outrage. I do know that if the offender is running advertisements, you can contact Google Adsense about it. Google’s policy is to ask the offender to remove the plagiarized material, failing which they’ll cancel the adsense account. Hope this helps, and good luck!

    • Ela says:

      I foolishly deleted the pingbacks and now can’t find the site where it was posted. I don’t recall there being any ads, though.

      I don’t really mind people re-posting my work as long as it’s attributed to me – after all, I don’t get paid, and my blog’s not my livelihood. But for a professional writer, it stinks.

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