Having only started to blog last week I was astounded to find the following email in my in-box:
Material you submitted to You-Can-Teach-Writing.com on Aug. 12 was substantially reprinted elsewhere that same day. Unfortunately, many bloggers appear to have neither knowledge nor respect for intellectual property and thus individuals such as yourself are made to appear foolish, if not downright dishonest.
This email was from Linda Aragoni. She sent it to me, I presume, because she thought a comment I made to her helpful website was stolen from some other blog. I also posted this same comment as the third post to this blog. Is Linda correct that I “appear foolish, if not downright dishonest?”
Amazingly, this post is basically an overview of my resume. Thus, I don’t know why anyone would want to steal this particular post. I noticed that the person/company that stole my post inserted numerous links to the College of India. Furthermore, my blog isn’t the only one to have been ripped off word for word. It seems many educational or economic blogs out there are being copy and pasted onto this commercial for the College of India. Is your blog being ripped off too?!
I am not really upset, but bewildered… especially as I go from my experimental stages of blogging to serious blogging, I would hate to “appear foolish, if not downright dishonest.”
My two main questions are this:
1. How do I report this plagiarist?
2. How did Linda Aragoni find the copy? Is there software out there that will check the content of her comments to make sure they aren’t stolen? Is it possible to just Google a few words from my post and find this plagiarist?
I would love your answers and feedback.
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