Thursday, June 29, 2006

Ten Rules if you Want to Date my Daughter AND you don't want to commit PLAGIARISM


Plagiarism - from Merriam-Webster.com OnLine - transitive senses
: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source
intransitive senses : to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
- pla·gia·riz·er noun

My personal bailiwick - I abhor when someone does a copy and paste bit on some funny spinning around on the Internet and then posts it somewhere and doesn't say - hey, I didn't write this, don't know who did, but if you want to think *I* did, I won't correct you until I am called on it.

This happened recently. One of the Sycophants - as in Poison Ivey and the Sycophants (oooooh! I have ALL their HIT!) In fact, the lead Sycophant frequently posts such drivel. Now, this is a 'man' (forgive me while I flash hash) who is a self-proclaimed 'Author'. In fact, he has claimed to have found an agent for his 'novel'. We wait....... but I digress.


Our lead Sycophant recently posted Ten Rules IF you Want to Date My Daughter. He didn't say it was his writing, but he didn't say - hey, got this in email, thought it was cute, thought you'd like to read it... NOPE.

Now, I have read excerpts from 'the NOVEL' (key in Darth Vadar voiceover) and suffice it to say, my poodle has written better dialogue on the Ligustrum. With a 5 alarm hangover, both halves of my brain tied behind my back, in short, if I were in a coma, I would be able to recognize that there is simply no way this green toothed bottom feeder could have written this piece. To tie a bow on it, the piece was good.

So, 12 nanoseconds later, I had the author's website where his wife wrote about how he had written the 10 rules etc. I emailed . Then, I checked another link.

There, after The Ten Rules If you Want to date my daughter were the words...

Copyright 1998 W. Bruce Cameron http://www.wbrucecameron.com/

I checked back to the first site today when I got an email from him. He'd changed the attribution accordingly and apologized.

Imagine that. Now, chestthumper claims to be a computer savvy kind of guy, so I would have guessed that he would have been able to find a search engine quicker than he could find his ass with both hands. Oh - there's the rub. There I go assuming again.

Here's the kicker! He writes - Okay Selah. That's enough. The email that I received had no copyright notice.

Also, I have never claimed that any of these peices posted here are my own work. If they were my own work, I'd post them on THAT Writesight my wife and I just scammed.

6 comments:

Lesley C. Weston said...

I don't get it. Where did he post it?
I do so wish he'd go take a crap in a hat.

SelahWrites said...

He posted it in the Members Lounge under the Ask Asshat section.

Don't you love how he treats me like some insolent child when I called him on it? "That's enough" ???? As if *I* were the one out of line? I've gotten three emails from the Mr. Yoest stating that he agrees, violating intellectual property laws is the worst and we must all endeavor to prevent it whereever possible. Yet Asshat continues to assert that since there was no copyright at the bottom of the email he posted, he's as clean as a whistle.

Now where did he say: I didn't write this, but I thought it was funny, or - credit should go to anonymous because no one seems to know the source. No. He repeatedly posts stuff that he doesn't think he'll get called on hoping someone will be stupid enough to think he wrote it. It's stealing by omission. Does that make the property any less stolen?

Lesley C. Weston said...

who is Mr. Yoest?
Why aren't you well yet? Stop fooling aropund and feel better!

SelahWrites said...

Jack Yoest, Jack@Yoest.org
He's a speaker and small business marketing kind of guy.

AND I am not feeling better because a common cold, if treated by a physician, lasts two weeks. Without medical intervention, it lasts 14 days. I don't know who wrote that, so I have to credit Anonymous.

Lesley C. Weston said...

Poor, poor baby. But then you may be lucky. My common colds last for months, as I had phewnemonia twice in one year and scarred my lungs so badly that a cold always turns into bronchoitis and kicks the shite outta me.

SelahWrites said...

Asshat pulled the entire post. No apologies, no acknowledgement. Nothing.

Might have something to do with me sending the link for Plagiarism Today to the site administrator along with a letter expressing that I felt threatened by the 'that's enough' directive?