Plagiarism and Stupidity
Ian Lurie Oct 1 2007
Update: The page was removed from DSD-Professionals after several folks commented there (thanks everyone!). The owner says she was given the content by someone else who said I gave permission. And I do give permission, all the time. As long as you follow the Creative Commons license I placed on my book: Click here for the license. I have tried to be nice about incidents like this in the past, but I’m running out of patience. Would you photocopy a book, hand it out in your store and then be surprised if you got in trouble?
I’ve had my stuff plagiarized before.
But did Cindy over at DSD-Professionals.com really think I wouldn’t notice this:
She rewrote a few items, but kept the exact same rules (oh, she changed ‘dress appropriately’ to ‘look appropriate’). And gave no attribution whatsoever.
Do most bloggers think it’s OK to just copy someone else’s work?
And don’t tell me ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’, either.
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More