I Can’t Even Write The Post I Wanted To Write Today, Here’s Why
Before I get into today’s post, I have some business to speak on.
Today I discovered some guy has taken a number of my blog posts and literally cut and pasted them onto his blog without attributing them to me or giving me any sort of credit. Of course, Jermaine moved swiftly on reaching out to the appropriate people and sending out a cease and desist, so we’re taking care of it as we speak. And let that be a warning to anyone else who feels like plagiarizing my work and passing it off as their own. My partner and I will go after you swiftly and do anything within our power to make sure you take down the copied posts immediately.
The thing that burns me up the most about incidents like this (and it isn’t the first time this has happened to me), is the fact that they copy posts I write about my life. Mine. Jozen’s life. It doesn’t just upset me that they would do such a thing, it baffles me.
I have always approached this blog with a mission to write from the perspective of a person to whom others can relate. I touch on things and reveal things deeply personal to me but with a goal to make each post something familiar to other readers. In other words, I feel like everything I go through is something others have gone through.
This still doesn’t give anyone who reads this blog or knows about this blog the right to copy my words verbatim and pass them off as their own. People have tried to tell give me the old “imitation is the highest form of flattery’, but we’re not talking about a person who saw the shirt I wore and liked it so much they bought the same shirt. We’re talking about my words and again I say, my life. To me, imitating these things to the point where they are me is not flattering, it’s insulting. I don’t take it as a compliment, I take it as a slap in the face towards all the hard work I put into making this blog something people want to read everyday.
The people who copy my work have no idea how difficult that is or how much discipline it takes. Instead of trying to apply the same work ethic to their own blog, they just copy and paste the product of my work ethic.
What happened today wasn’t the first time I saw it happen to me, but it is the first time I’m making a big deal out of it. Frankly, I’m only doing so now because I think people take my work lightly. As a matter of fact, I know they take my work lightly because if they took my work seriously, they wouldn’t be copying it so blatantly. Obviously some people think because these are words in some blog, as opposed to a book or a magazine, they can just copy these words and paste them onto their own site.
Well, legally they can’t because if people were smart they would see at the bottom of this blog, Until I Get Married, and all the work on it is copy written. But morally and ethically they should know just because they’re copying words from a blog doesn’t make it less wrong or more right.
I swear I really did have a topic to touch on today. This wasn’t supposed to be today’s post. Unfortunately, once I started writing this disclaimer, I couldn’t stop, so today, this is what we get.
I want to thank the reader who alerted me to this latest form of biting to me this morning, and to all the readers who have been supportive in taking the guy who did it down since I first tweeted about it. Like I said, Jermaine and I are handling it the right way and hopefully he will take the posts down soon.
But man, look, to the person who copied my work and to anyone else who thinks of doing something like it in the future, just, just don’t. You’re not only insulting me, you’re not only insulting the intelligence of your readers, you’re insulting your self and your own abilities as an aspiring writer. If you don’t feel like you can write better than me, practice. Write more. Create something other people want to copy instead of copying what other people have created. It’s not cool, it’s not smart, and most importantly, it’s not you. It’s me. I write this, all of it (even the typos!) from my heart and my mind. Respect that by trying to do it yourself, and if you can’t manage to do so, and feel the need to copy my work again, copy these words I just wrote.
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