A mutual friend gave me a heads up on my friend Jason’s (A Opinionated Man) recent dilemma with people ripping off his work and passing off as their own. In my “Virgin’s Guide to Promoting a Blog or Website (Ethos – Part 2)” I wrote about “Always be paraphrasing”, which is what most writers do if they want to write a very similar article. All writers do this to a certain extent, ideas are very rarely completely original. Also why not reference the article you were referring to, this is normal behaviour for writers and publishers with integrity. Often authors are happy to have their work shared, if one asks for permission. I recently published a painting – “‘St Georg And The Dragon’ by Petar Meseldzija”, with permission kindly given by the artist.
I wrote my own version of “Women are crazy”, in part inspired by Jason’s post. It’s an interesting topic, and my post was a completely different perspective. I don’t know whether he read it or not, but I did link back to him and say that I was inspired by him. My point it’s possible to be inspired by an idea, and write one’s own perspective. Not to plagiarise someone else’s work.
Copy and paste does make it very easy to “rip-off” something on the internet. People also share stuff all the time.
So there’s an argument on one side that says sharing is the most important thing, and disregard for the original author/artist. Most people aren’t innocent of this in one way or another, many people have mp3’s that they didn’t pay for, for instance.
And then there’s another argument which says that utmost respect should be given to original author/artist. Which would be the person who always goes to itunes to buy their music, or purchased the original CD and uploads it into their itunes.
The law is usually quite clear on breaches of copyright. WordPress has the DCMA mechanism in place, so that writers here can issue a complaint and have content taken down if there’s a breach of copyright. Jason has this avenue open to him.
PS (George W Bush is my celeb name for this post … for fun you may think up a tenuous connection if you like, please keep it clean or otherwise I may not be able to post)
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