Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The art of stealing

I accidentally stumbled across this blog POST by some Mohamed Malik about PCLinuxOS 2010.1. I was reading through, interested in checking out what others found great about this fantastic distro... After a while, I started to find it creepy that our findings and conclusions were almost identical. I was so surprised that I went back to my review... And there it was, almost the exact same thing, therefore stolen word by word!

For anyone interested, here's my original REVIEW

I love Linux, love sharing my experience with it and hope that other people may benefit from reading my articles. Having said so, my reviews and comparisons take time and effort, and while I obviously don't register my material and am happy if someone else uses or refers to it, I hope they credit the source (just like I do myself).

Either way you look at it, I think it's pathetic that someone would copy and paste my review, then tweak it to make it look like original material.

PATHETIC!!!!

15 comments:

  1. Chema - Clearly you are doing something correctly so much that people started to copy your work. Tells you your on the right path and the time spent on the reviews are really appreciated. Well done and keep up the great work!!

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  2. I'm not here to brag but you didn't put a link to your original review of PCLinuxOS 2010. Here it is http://cristalinux.blogspot.com/2010/04/pclinuxos-2010-review.html
    Don't get me wrong but this is something you have to do, for all the people that visit and read this blog, so they can see for themselves that you have been robbed (your review was made in april, that guy put it up in july)

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  3. Very annoying. This is plagiarism in its most purified sense.

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  4. I must agree with alien269.By the way - wonderfull blog!

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  5. Had this happen several times to me. I added this box to the right side of my blog:

    "Thoughts on Technology is a collection of my own original writings about computers, hardware, software, and all forms of technology in the world around us today. I ask that you please do not repost my works without permission, but if you wish to please feel free to link back to my website here."

    Adding a clear message such as this gives you the right to take legal action should someone repost your work without permission and refuse to take it down.

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  6. Thanks all for your comments and support!

    @JeffHoogland: Nice tip, I will add something like that on mine, mind if I word it like you have (I honestly can't think of a better way of putting it)?

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  7. Interesting, seems like the guy in question decided to remove that review after reading my post on his blog! ;-)

    The page threw a 404 error when I tried to access it today.

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  8. @JeffHoogland: Thanks! I have updated my profile entry now, tried to turn it around a bit so that it wouldn't be a verbatim copy of yours! ;-)

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  9. Looks good! Should you tire of KDE at any point soon you should really give E17 a go :)

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  10. I promise I will check the latest from Bodhi and review it soon. I guess it´s time to give E17 another chance!

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  11. This is a common practice but very little that can be done to stop it except discovering them and reporting.

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  12. Yep, I could not access the article as well; 404 error. Perhaps he was chastened by negative PR. I spent very little time at his site, but it looks and feels like a "content farm". I see these often when searching for Linux information.

    If he is a content farmer, shame on him.

    If he is not, he needs to realize you cannot fake passion. Not for long, anyway. And you cannot hope to get away with it.

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  13. I actually tried to make you aware of the apparent plagiarism in a comment to your review, but I guess it got lost "in the crowd".

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