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Can't Blog? Copy Somebody's Work Yay! Yeah Whatev. You Suck.

UPDATE: He’s at it again. And this time, he’s decided to plagiarize not just me, but the entire Man Blog. You can help me take him down by flagging that bitch.

If you have noticed, I fail at updating this blog regularly mainly because coming up with stuff like this is hard. There’s only so much insult and humiliation I can put myself through without reducing myself to a sobbing ball of shivers. You’d usually catch me doing the fetal position in one corner and contemplating how much my life sucks and how I can further reduce my dignity and readers’ respect of me by writing how much misfortune I put myself in. Then I write about that particluar unfortunate event. It usually takes me a couple of days because iTunes is set to play “Sinabawang Gulay” on a loop and I couldn’t help but sing and dance along to it.

Hard work, I tell you.


Fig 1: How Hard Blogging Is

So imagine if you log on to the net and one day and you find out that somebody has copied your work, word by word, image by image, and passes it off as his own.

I’m not going to name names and I certainly am not going to post a detail-by-detail account of the event because it’s over. Also, if you have been following my Twitter and Multiply and are a fervent monkey of The Man Blog Forum, you’d know what went on. Anyway, the plagiarizer, though there was not an ounce of apology in him, has grudgingly agreed to take down the offending blog. Too bad Blogger beat him to it. Yay!


EDIT: I have to thank some people for helping me at the time: The Man Blog monkeys for snarkinating the blog to hell, Doc Tess for helping me investigate the mystery of this guy’s identity, and Adam Mordo for informing Aileen Apolo about this (no wonder Blogger took it down quickly).

Also, my blog is protected by a Creative Commons license copyright thinggummy. Yeah. That means you can’t copy my work yay!


Fig 2: Legal ramification of stealing my work: the wrath of Chuck Norris

Anyway, this event got me thinking: is thinking for yourself too hard? How hard can it be for anybody to string together a couple of (incomprehensible) sentences, talk about your life and show it off to your friends? I know, I know, I’ve been rallying against mediocrity on this blog of mine for the longest time. But you don’t have to write awesomely, just don’t fucking steal somebody’s work. I mean, this guy’s blog was entirely made up of my articles, which he had been patiently copying-and-pasting for a good three to four months. (Okay, to give him credit, he had some original articles in there. One. Pffft.) Imagine if the time and effort he took to pretend that he wrote those articles had been focused instead to write original stuff.

I seriously wonder why people do this. Come on people, you can do better than that. I mean, what goes on into the minds of those people? Do they go “Holy crap! This [insert name of blogger]’s works are awesome! hey I want to write just like him! Wait, I’ve got a better idea: why don’t I just copy the blog and pass it off as my own? Brilliant!”


Fig 3: I have no funny caption here. Move along.

I was relating this incident to a friend yesterday when she told me “Ade, take it as a sign that your fame is growing. Also, he probably wants to be you.” Um, okay. I wouldn’t want to be me. Also, me, famous? O RLY? If that fame would translate to money and willing women falling in heaps in front of me asking me to impregnate them with my awesome Ade Juice, I’d believe it. But now, all I can show for my supposed fame are screencaps of a deleted blog of somebody who copy-and-pasted my work.

Also, if you’re wondering why I’m blowing steam off this event and you can’t get my point, just think about this: my blog is the product of a good part of almost two years’ work. It’s unacceptable to see somebody take credit off something I worked hard for.

I may be a nice guy, but I am possessive when it comes to my work. Especially on the internets. Because the internet is serious business.


Fig 4: Serious Business: Internets.

So, has anybody stolen your work? What did you feel and do about it? Tell me more about it by leaving a comment!

36 Comments

  1. Hell yes, this happened to me…. This chick was totally ripping off several of my posts when I was back on blogger. She was actually 'living my life'. It was weird.

    Read the whole story here – http://pardonmyenglish.wordpress.com/2008/10/11/i

    After putting on a bit of pressure by exposing her as the fraud she is, she finally took down her site. Huzzah. But I still have all the screen shots as souveniers.

  2. fucking plagiarist .

    i can help you with vengeance. 😉

    unleash hell ..

  3. So true. Better to post a lame entry than to steal someone else's, even if it's a good read.

  4. True.

    Still, respect is also recognition. And we all want to be 'respected' for our original ideas. That is why we blog – we want the world to know that such a beautiful idea comes from us.

    Incidentally, forgive me for not reading the original article. I'm sure it's something worth copyrighting.

    Oh well, apologies for the rant. I'm working with selfish egotistical bastards at the moment who want to patent everything. I don't understand why they can't just give it away for free to benefit everyone….

    but then as you say, there are a lot more greedier plagiarisers who want the glory for themselves.

    Ugh, these patents and copyrights are a tricky lose-lose situations.

  5. [quote comment="59989"][quote comment="59985"]Got tangled with RSS vamps too. But it really didn't last long. At least I was cited when they did that. But yeah, it's effin annoying to have your work of blood, sweat and tears (or in your case, Ade Juice) to just be passed off as someone else's work. I guess it's one of the things you can put in the list of "You know you're getting famous when…"

    And hey, it doesn't suck to be you. Maybe that's why they did it. Ade, the A-list blogger, FTW![/quote]

    But Kineda says I'm on the D-List. *sobs*[/quote]

    You are A-list to me. Not that it matters, though. Hehehe.

  6. Ade

    [quote comment="60959"]I'm not sad at all for myself. At the end of the day it's the plagiariser who stole my work is the sad person.[/quote]

    Oh yeah, I'm not sad for you. I am sad for the plagiarizer too.

    [quote comment="60959"]As far as my personal views on copyright are concerned, I don't believe in it. A good idea should be passed on. A copyright exists because we are trying to assert the right to income arising from such material or to get acknowledgement for being the progenitor/owner of an idea.

    Of course, mine is an extreme view, afterall, who doesn't want to be a J.K.

    Rowling who can make millions from a good tome.

    cheers[/quote]

    And it's not about the income for me, it's about respect for whoever made the work. 🙂

  7. I'm not sad at all for myself. At the end of the day it's the plagiariser who stole my work is the sad person.

    As far as my personal views on copyright are concerned, I don't believe in it. A good idea should be passed on. A copyright exists because we are trying to assert the right to income arising from such material or to get acknowledgement for being the progenitor/owner of an idea.

    Of course, mine is an extreme view, afterall, who doesn't want to be a J.K.

    Rowling who can make millions from a good tome.

    cheers

  8. Ade

    [quote comment="60833"]I've also discovered that some of my pictures have been copied and posted on other blogs without any acknowledgment.

    But I personally, I think if you post something on the web, especially on a blog, it's all fair game. I don't care if someone else passes off my work as his own. That's his problem, not mine. Besides, I have yet to see anything original in blogs (including mine). We are just a bunch of self-absorbed people who think people should read what we say by posting it on the web.[/quote]

    Well, most blogs do have content copy-and-pasted from other websites. I do that too. The thing is, eve is I never claimed ownership for those things I borrowed. My plagiarizer passed off my work as his. If stealing somebody else's work as his/her own doesn't bother you, I personally find it sad.

    [quote comment="60833"]I think it taps into our human nature to want to be acknowledged and given a pat on the back.[/quote]

    This is irrelevant. The issue here is copyright infringement, and not validation.

  9. I've also discovered that some of my pictures have been copied and posted on other blogs without any acknowledgment.

    But I personally, I think if you post something on the web, especially on a blog, it's all fair game. I don't care if someone else passes off my work as his own. That's his problem, not mine. Besides, I have yet to see anything original in blogs (including mine). We are just a bunch of self-absorbed people who think people should read what we say by posting it on the web.

    I think it taps into our human nature to want to be acknowledged and given a pat on the back.

    This is a my opinion. :d

  10. What a loser, that guy. It's not that difficult to write an EMO whining entry, haha.

    Well, I don't write anything worth stealing, so I'd probably be flattered if someone stole my stuff, haha.

    Actually, I saw my stuff on 3 "splogs" (those RSS scrapers) since I started blogging last August.

  11. Someone did that to me as well. Once upon a time in my old blog. She copied my layout, complete with the sidebar, and MY WORDS. At least it wasn't my entries, but my gosh, pinaghirapan ko din ang layout na yun. T_T

  12. Quick, check your inner child, he may have escaped. He could be the one who plagiarized your blog.

  13. I asked Pierre and a law student friend of mine about blog plagiarism. It seems that it would almost be impossible to pursue such a case in court. My friend said it would be complicated because, first of all, under which jurisdiction, should a case be filed, would it be? Also, it would be hard proving that the plagiarist didn't know or knows about your creative commons license.

    Why am I getting so OC about this? Just in case I might need to kick some plagiarist ass someday. Haha.

  14. In a twisted perspective, I think somebody else stealing your work is beyond flattery or admiration. That person was impressed enough with your work that he was confident enough to pass it as his own. That's saying alot about your work and your skill!

    Okay, back to the real world. I wish you could have hunted him down and humiliated him for all its worth!

    If this happened to me, at first I'd feel amazing, then totally crush Mr. Plagiarizer and stomp his blogging life to the ground by exposing the faker that he is!!!

  15. Ade

    [quote comment="59985"]Got tangled with RSS vamps too. But it really didn't last long. At least I was cited when they did that. But yeah, it's effin annoying to have your work of blood, sweat and tears (or in your case, Ade Juice) to just be passed off as someone else's work. I guess it's one of the things you can put in the list of "You know you're getting famous when…"

    And hey, it doesn't suck to be you. Maybe that's why they did it. Ade, the A-list blogger, FTW![/quote]

    But Kineda says I'm on the D-List. *sobs*

  16. Got tangled with RSS vamps too. But it really didn't last long. At least I was cited when they did that. But yeah, it's effin annoying to have your work of blood, sweat and tears (or in your case, Ade Juice) to just be passed off as someone else's work. I guess it's one of the things you can put in the list of "You know you're getting famous when…"

    And hey, it doesn't suck to be you. Maybe that's why they did it. Ade, the A-list blogger, FTW!

  17. Ade

    [quote comment="59964"]This happened to me several times but the worst was when a certain blogger, not a spammer copied two posts of mine verbatim and made it his own. No credits whatsoever.

    Anyways, I sent him an email and asked him to either give me credit for my work by citing the source or paraphrasing it. He later removed the posts and apologized. His blog is now in my Links page. Happy ending. :)[/quote]

    Nice to hear. My plagiarizer was taunting me after I demanded that he take down the 10 or so entries he stole from me. You can see that he wasn't gonna play nice.

    I'm sure your plagiarizer incident was an honest mistake. 🙂

    [quote comment="59974"]CA!! FTW!![/quote]

    OMGWTFBBQ!!!1

    [quote comment="59967"]I got plagiarized when I was 12 years old and I though the incident was kind of funny. Whoever stole it must be reallyreallyreally retardation![/quote]

    Well, you are a better writer than I am, so there. I couldn't write shit back when I was 12.

  18. CA!! FTW!!

  19. doms

    I got plagiarized when I was 12 years old and I though the incident was kind of funny. Whoever stole it must be reallyreallyreally retardation!

  20. This happened to me several times but the worst was when a certain blogger, not a spammer copied two posts of mine verbatim and made it his own. No credits whatsoever.

    Anyways, I sent him an email and asked him to either give me credit for my work by citing the source or paraphrasing it. He later removed the posts and apologized. His blog is now in my Links page. Happy ending. 🙂

  21. Ade

    [quote comment="59372"]Stealing a work of yours sucks big time. It happened to me once and I was damn angry I can't do a thing about it.

    Anyway, she told me about it. I guess I have to forgive her for that. But the thing is, she told me she's gonna use my work, and then when I found out what she had taken from my work, it was words that I dearly value because of its importance to me. What the heck. What made me angry was that she put it as if it was her words, as if she owns it. No damn credits for me. There.[/quote]

    That totally sucks. What did you do to your plagiarizer afterwards?

    [quote comment="59377"]

    Now remember kiddies, plagiarism is a sin and those who commit it have a special place in hell, together with child molesters and people who talk loudly inside the cinema. Mkay?[/quote]

    You mean Mike shares the special place in hell with plagiarizers?

    [quote comment="59472"]I don't write articles like you do, Ade. My blog is just mostly me rambling about my life. So it's useless for anyone to plagiarize my stuff — unless they're pretending to be me, of course.

    I just got creeped out by that thought.[/quote]

    I wonder how will a Noelle doppelganger try to get away with it. =P

    [quote comment="59479"]I've been stalking you reading your blog for quite some time now but I never really got to comment. However, this post made me go like this -> O__o as I've had my brush with internet plagiarism myself (though not my blog entries).

    I write fanfictions and whatnot because I'm a geek and some random Malaysian bitch copied one of my stories AND posted it on the same site I submit my stories to. Lykwuutttt. She was later banned from the said site. And then there was someone who translated my other fic to mandarin, all 3864892374 chapters of it without my permission. Didn't make a fuss about it anymore 'coz I learned about it two years after.

    I think I should end my senseless babbling here. Btw, apparently we were schoolmates in college and you're a year ahead of me. Win.[/quote]

    I know a lot of people from your batch! What course were you in?

    [quote comment="59485"]Be flattered Ade! That's coz you're hot! 🙂 Hahaha.[/quote]

    Wait… really?

    [quote comment="59519"]I'll ask Pierre about the laws so I could add to the stress he's having now. Haha.[/quote]

    Oh yeah add to his headaches! :p

    [quote comment="59548"]This is usually happens to my work thanks to those scraper blogs that siphon off my articles via RSS feeds.

    Thankfully those vampire blogs didn't last long.[/quote]

    I don't have problems with RSS scrapers, mainly because somebody takes care of those blogs to bring them down. I'm more worried about human plagiarizers, like this one I had.

    [quote comment="59639"]Wow Ade, you're actually THAT good that someone wants to pass off as 'you'=P you know what this means?…he probably gets even less secks than you=) jk=) I used your 'secks' term in my latest entry but I did cite you…so I hope you won't write an angry blog against me=) Keep up the great imitation-worthy work=)[/quote]

    Thanks! Yeah, he prolly gets less secks than I do… um wait.

    [quote comment="59695"]that sucks! i hope he gets an ounce of guilt, if he ever has.

    just keep your original works coming. in no time, he will be drowned from copying other people's works and he gets his hands and minds bleed and he can't perform anymore, lol.[/quote]

    Thanks also man!

    [quote comment="59737"]I didn't happen to me personally but it happened to my dad. We found out just recently that someone's using his powerpoint presentation just changing the name and leaving the contents and design the same. My dad says hayaan na lang but I know that it was something serious. I know that my dad works hard on his speeches specially on that particular because he made it in Filipino. C'mon! Respect naman![/quote]

    That's worse I think than what happened to me. Powerpoint presentations are so easy to steal and change credits.

    [quote comment="59760"]

    Be flattered, Ade. Be. Flattered.[/quote]

    I am, but I was too pissed off to be flattered. =)

    [quote comment="59906"]People don't have originality this days.. It's very, very depressing how losers copy a certain blogger's character and make it their own just to be cool… tsk tsk…

    visit Noisy, Noisy TJ @ http://tjcafuir.blogspot.com/ (Yay, Whatev)[/quote]

    Hehehehe!

  22. People don't have originality this days.. It's very, very depressing how losers copy a certain blogger's character and make it their own just to be cool… tsk tsk…

    visit Noisy, Noisy TJ @ http://tjcafuir.blogspot.com/ (Yay, Whatev)

  23. =)) I'd be shocked if ever someone would plagiarize my site. I mean, heck! Puro grammatical errors yun. Lol.

    Be flattered, Ade. Be. Flattered.

  24. I didn't happen to me personally but it happened to my dad. We found out just recently that someone's using his powerpoint presentation just changing the name and leaving the contents and design the same. My dad says hayaan na lang but I know that it was something serious. I know that my dad works hard on his speeches specially on that particular because he made it in Filipino. C'mon! Respect naman!

  25. that sucks! i hope he gets an ounce of guilt, if he ever has.

    just keep your original works coming. in no time, he will be drowned from copying other people's works and he gets his hands and minds bleed and he can't perform anymore, lol.

  26. Wow Ade, you're actually THAT good that someone wants to pass off as 'you'=P you know what this means?…he probably gets even less secks than you=) jk=) I used your 'secks' term in my latest entry but I did cite you…so I hope you won't write an angry blog against me=) Keep up the great imitation-worthy work=)

  27. is it just me or does the fig. 4 pic look like he's a a foreign-version of kuya germs?

  28. Oh yes, those laws exist. But is it really enforced in this country? For example, this fella who just plagiarized your posts, what can be done with him? Can he be penalized about it?

    This is kind of interesting because I've heard of some people complaining about their blog content being copied. I'll ask Pierre about the laws so I could add to the stress he's having now. Haha.

  29. Be flattered Ade! That's coz you're hot! 🙂 Hahaha.

    Yeah I read about this misfortune in Twitter. Plagiarizing sucks.

    I'm not really sure if someone stole my work. Why would they? I suck. I wouldn't steal my work if I wasn't me. Whuutt? Anyway yeah haha.

  30. I've been stalking you reading your blog for quite some time now but I never really got to comment. However, this post made me go like this -> O__o as I've had my brush with internet plagiarism myself (though not my blog entries).

    I write fanfictions and whatnot because I'm a geek and some random Malaysian bitch copied one of my stories AND posted it on the same site I submit my stories to. Lykwuutttt. She was later banned from the said site. And then there was someone who translated my other fic to mandarin, all 3864892374 chapters of it without my permission. Didn't make a fuss about it anymore 'coz I learned about it two years after.

    I think I should end my senseless babbling here. Btw, apparently we were schoolmates in college and you're a year ahead of me. Win.

  31. I don't write articles like you do, Ade. My blog is just mostly me rambling about my life. So it's useless for anyone to plagiarize my stuff — unless they're pretending to be me, of course.

    I just got creeped out by that thought.

  32. And it doesn't hurt to have the awesometastic snarkmages of the Man Blog behind you during such times. Right, Ade?

    Now remember kiddies, plagiarism is a sin and those who commit it have a special place in hell, together with child molesters and people who talk loudly inside the cinema. Mkay?

  33. YNA

    Stealing a work of yours sucks big time. It happened to me once and I was damn angry I can't do a thing about it.

    Anyway, she told me about it. I guess I have to forgive her for that. But the thing is, she told me she's gonna use my work, and then when I found out what she had taken from my work, it was words that I dearly value because of its importance to me. What the heck. What made me angry was that she put it as if it was her words, as if she owns it. No damn credits for me. There.

  34. This is usually happens to my work thanks to those scraper blogs that siphon off my articles via RSS feeds.

    Thankfully those vampire blogs didn’t last long.

  35. Ade

    [quote comment="59334"]Despite all its nice advantages, what I hate about the internet is that anybody can easily copy one's work and re-post it as his own. I don't know if there are any laws out there that can protect us from plagiarism online.

    So far, I haven't encountered anyone plagiarizing my site. But I think I"m starting to get paranoid about this because I've put hard work on most of my posts and I've posted online some of what I think my best written articles.

    How did you find out that somebody copied your posts?[/quote]

    I was getting pingbacks from his blog. He wasn't that good in covering his tracks. Also, we have tools like copyscape and Google to help us track plagiarists. And there are laws that do protect us, like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and of course the International Copyright Law.

  36. Despite all its nice advantages, what I hate about the internet is that anybody can easily copy one's work and re-post it as his own. I don't know if there are any laws out there that can protect us from plagiarism online.

    So far, I haven't encountered anyone plagiarizing my site. But I think I"m starting to get paranoid about this because I've put hard work on most of my posts and I've posted online some of what I think my best written articles.

    How did you find out that somebody copied your posts?

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