Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Plagiarism and YOUR Work

Once, quite by accident, I discovered MY WORK – an article I had spent a lot of time researching – in somebody else's blog, rewritten in such a way as to identify it as belonging to the blogger (because it was rewritten so poorly), but not so mangled I didn't recognize that it had been defiled from MY original.

Not knowing how to report the incident, I commented at the end of his blog that if the blogger wanted my work, he could at least ask me and attribute the work to me, and if he couldn't ask, he could at least display my work exactly as I had written it and not butchered the English language to make it appear as his own. He never contacted me and I have since forgotten how I found him, but I was upset.

As a writer, unless I'm writing a blog or a whimsical article that requires no research, I put a lot of time and effort into researching, writing, and rewriting my articles. So imagine how I felt when I discovered that my hard work had not only been stolen but massacred. What recourse could I have taken?

I didn't know then, but I know now, thanks to Linda Ann Nickerson, how to handle matters of plagiarism. As a preventive measure, or if you've already noticed your article parading as somebody else's work, I implore you to read the following two articles:
If your article has been plagiarized or posted without your permission, read, How to Report Plagiarized Items to Google.

What if you don't know about whether or not some web site has pirated your work? Linda helps you find out with her article, Uncover Plagiarism With Google Alerts.

We all work very hard to present ourselves as professional writers. It's time we held thieves accountable for stealing our work. Thank you, Linda Ann Nickerson, for your help.

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