This morning I was catching up on my favorite blogs and found a disturbing post on Suzanne's blog, Chickens in the Road. Apparently someone had been copying entire paragraphs from Suzanne's blog and using them within their own blog posts...as if they were theirs. It didn't take long for Suzanne to find other blogs that the offender had been stealing from.
The really pathetic part of this sordid story is that the blog using the plagiarized items is a business blog, not a personal blog. How could someone risk the reputation of their business by doing this? It boggles the mind.
One of Suzanne's readers recommended a website called Copyscape that has a service that searches for bits and pieces of your website throughout the web. So I went over to Copyscape and plugged in my blog's URL. Sure enough, someone had copied part of a post that I had written and posted it on their website. Their only saving grace is that they had included a link back to my original post so that folks could read the entire article.
When I created this blog I included a copyright notice at the bottom as a matter of course, not because I thought that anything I would write would be fascinating enough that someone would actually want to copy it. Little did I know that there are people out there who are so desperate for something to write about that they would actually copy my work. Jeepers...there are much better folks out there to copy from!
On the other hand, I know that when I first started out blogging a few months ago that I read more experienced people's blogs in order to learn about how to blog, how to come up with ideas about what to blog about, how to take good photographs, that sort of thing.
Pioneer Woman is my blogging hero, that's for sure. I love her breezy writing style and her photos are to die for. Oh, and her recipes; I tried out her Chili Con Queso recipe last night and it was a big hit at my house. It's because of her that I'm including my family recipes on my blog; now I don't have to make a cookbook for my kids, I can just send them to my blog. But it would never occur to me to pass off some of her writing as my own...that's just not cool.
Notice the little banner on the sidebar from Copyscape? That means that I'll be using their service to keep an eye out for peeps who are too lazy to write their own stuff and decide to borrow mine.
So if you like some of my stuff (you poor thing!) and want to "borrow" it, don't even think about it. But if you would like to have permission to legally use all or part of one of my posts and give me credit for it, contact me and we can discuss it.