Paddy HartdegenHi Tiffany and you followers,
If you think it's bad that people steal your copy try having a book and a play stolen. A university in Pretoria is using one of my plays for students. It's photocopied and handed out (maybe sold) to them. A student asked me if I was the same person who wrote the play and that's how I found out. The book is another, more complicated story but it made the publisher enough money to enjoy life and left me frustrated and angry. People steal because they are idle, lazy and mostly just stupid.
Joyce AdamsHi Tiffany. Great new picture! I also had a bad dose of plagiarism. I started writing a women's book called "Sarah's Womb" in 2009. It's a faith based book addressing themes like infertility, hope etc. I paused the writing of the book in 2010 and when I started research again this year 2013, out of curiosity, I googled my book title just to see what I would come up with. Boy, was I in for a shock! I came across a blog by a young woman based in Canada. She had copied my book word for word and used in her blog passing it off as hers. I emailed her immediately to confront her and as expected she denied copying my book. But it was my writing all right. I knew it and she knew it. After seeking legal advice, I was informed because I had posted Chapters 1 and 2 of my book online in some groups on Facebook for review without a disclaimer attached to it, then I couldn't really institute legal proceedings. But I felt really bad and blamed myself sort of.
Cole RautenbachTelling it like it is. Nice.
Ownership of your writing is important if you want to take yourself seriously as a writer (that's the hypothetical "you"). Who could be so lazy and shallow as to copy other writers? *rhetorical question*
Plagiarisers will get their own back, either by failing horribly as writers (that's a given) or being killed off in gruesome revenge fiction. Let them plagiarise THAT.
Thanks for this piece - a great reminder, and promotion of The Original Idea!
Martin HugoHaha I wrote an Emo poem as a joke and posted it onto a website called the Emo Poetry corner- I went there a while ago and saw it was slightly modified and used as an example of what Emo poetry is. I didn't mind them stealing it, but the changes were really terrible.
Fezile Nomzamo Phungwayook ok i would like to believe that we have all had our fair share of "stealing " primary, high school and university with out acknowledging the author, but however, if you continue to steal also at in ur profession and presenting the stolen work as yours , then you only killing urself but also ur career in its entirety be it if you are a copywriter , creative,consultant , business woman , u killing urself because u lack authenticity!
nice piece Tiffany !
To all stealers we see you *wears spy glasses*
Carl Judas PiekSelective use of your conscience seems to be route cause of this most heinous of crimes! However, the prefix in COPY writing suggests the nature of the profession and I was disgusted when first working within the field. Easy copy come, easy copy go.
pumi MHey,check this out...
My Soccer-and-Rugby-Game-Taking-Place-In-One-Stadium Idea or concept or whatever you wanna call it has been stolen and is now used by the Sports Ministry as their good did without crediting the creative behind it.
.....And I know who stole it....
Simon RocheMpumi, why don't you sue them? If you don't have tom to spare, then go to the legal aid board, or one of those lawyers who love to work on risk for a large chunk of the gain, and sue.
Honestly mate, if you can prove ten or twelve points of (peculiar) similarity between their execution and your demonstrably-previously-written concept, you stand a fair chance of making a decent sum - something equivalent to what you would have got if you'd been paid 5 or 7.5 or 10% for your concept and the "supervision" thereof. You know what I mean...
Simon RocheThe part with which I battle is that plagiarists tend, by-and-large, to be poor writers at the best of times yet they remain employed. I struggle to understand why employers retain mediocre talent which lives epizoically off its neighbours.
I dunno... but the two have seemed to me inextricably linked, in practise.
Another thing, why don't you professional copy-writers copyright your stuff, man? I mean, honestly! Plagiarism in your domain is thousands of years old and yet you STILL don't put bullying caveats in nice tidy print referring to the Copyright Act 98 of 1978. No offense, but you ALMOST deserve it, because it doesn't cost a cent and can be embedded in your Word & PPoint templates ad infinitum, so it is not even like it is hard work for you. Copyright caveats, especially if they are cleverly, but politely, written at the beginning of a document, work.