Plagiarism on the internet

Earlier today I saw my online friend Sara from Inflamed and Untamed complaining.  Now if anyone of you have seen her videos or read her blogs, you know she is a kind-hearted person.   For her to be pissed off, something bad had to have happened.  Sure enough, she was writing how someone stole her story and put it for themselves.  The worst thing is that this time (yes I said this time) it was a guy stealing the info.

Over the past month or so, Sara has been talking about how people are selling her bracelets as their own and using parts of her blog as their own also.  They give no credit to Sara and they are passing their work off as their own.   Today I think was the last straw when it was a guy doing it.  He took her “about me” section of her blog and posted it on his site to make it look like his.

My first question is Why?  Why would you want to steal someones elses bio to make it look like your own.  I don’t get it.  Also, why would you want to steal any of the blog?  If you are choosing to create a blog online and open yourself up to others…then do it.  Give out your own details.

Now when I sit down to write my blogs, I never look at someone else’s first.  I just log on and write what is on my mind.  Blogging is like a journal only everyone in the world can see it.  What I write comes from my heart and mind.  I refuse to use someone else’s words.  What would be the point.  Also, I want to point out that blogging is a choice.  No one is forced to write a blog.  It is a conscious choice one makes.  so why steal someone else’s words.  I don’t get it.

My second question, and this is directed to anyone plagiarizing, Who the hell do you think you are?  Where do you get off stealing someone else’s thoughts and words.  Sara is very popular in the IBD community.  Did you think no one would notice that you are stealing her words?

Now I am still small potatoes.  Not many people are reading this right now, so I don’t worry about plagiarism.  But one day I want to be as big and popular as Sara.  And when I am that big, I hope no one chooses to steal my work.  I, like every blogger out there, have chosen to open our hearts to the world.   They are our thoughts.

Now, there is a way to copy-write your work online.  Sara has recently done that, but from what she told me, it only covers her blog, not her bio.    To me this is just wrong.  It should be that if you get a copy write, it should be for all information not just some.  In real life, if you steal someones name and information and use it elsewhere, you can go to jail.  It is illegal.  But if you go online and do the same, apparently it is ok.  There is something wrong with that.

I hope anyone that reads this will agree with me but please do not repost this as your own work.  You may share the blog, but do not pass this work off as your own.  I am from NY originally.   We don’t take kindly to theft.  Also, I truly believe in the words of David Banner…”Don’t make me angry.  You won’t like me when I’m angry”.

And Sara, if you are reading this…I know I joked about it on Facebook, but I hopefully didn’t steal any of your work.  🙂

3 comments on “Plagiarism on the internet

  1. Patrick says:

    Great stuff! I couldn’t have said it any better. Sara is very special to all of us, and I for one won’t stand to see anyone steal her stuff and let alone discourage her in doing the awesome work she is doing.
    Good job to expressing what many of us are feeling!

    • Sara was one of the first people that I watched on Youtube when I got sick this year. She helped me mentally to start down the road to not only healing myself but to advocate. So when I see someone basically attack her (which I consider this ti be) I will gladly defend her.

  2. Amanda says:

    Hey Jeffrey, I couldn’t find an email for you on your site, but I wanted to really honestly thank you for the comment you left on my last blog post. Thank you for your kindness, your friendship, and your sentiments about my blog. It honestly came at a time where I really truly needed it, and it meant that much more to me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. ~Amanda

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