... but copying word for word is just called stealing.
I was notified by another blogger yesterday that one of my posts had been copied on another blog.
It's always flattering to find that someone appreciates what you have written. It does my ego good to be quoted. I love when people link to something I've written. But to copy someone else's work and present it as your own -- that's just wrong. Morally and legally wrong.
I reviewed the blog and found she had actually copied a second blog post of mine, as well.
I left her a comment on both pieces and as of this morning they have been removed.
I've probably already wasted too much time documenting and feeling violated, but I guess it's going to take me a while to chew on this bone. Perhaps the fact that she received more comments on my blog posts than I did is what's eating me. Perhaps I'm just stuck with this junior high mentality -- wanting someone to notice that hey, "She's copying my work!"
But there's a part of me that feels a little betrayed by this person I don't even know. She is obviously a creative individual from the content of her blog, and as one creative person to another, why would you want to cheapen your own creative expression by presenting someone else's work as your own?
Anyway, I'm not the only person she has copied. I hope she takes all her plagiarized posts down, because she's the only one who knows the extent of her deception, and that maybe the blogger-powers-that-be remove her blog all together.
It's a shame. I love the way blogs give the average, everyday person the ability to share their world and their thoughts. I realize that anybody could be writing anything and there's not necessarily truth to everything you see written. But it's a shame that there are people who don't trust their own thoughts and words enough to simply share themselves.
If you like what someone has written -- link to it. Leave a comment and let them know. Just don't steal it. Don't reprint it without permission and credit given where credit is due.