They say that imitation is the best form of flattery. For some, perhaps. The saying holds true in industries such as fashion, no doubt.
But when it comes to blogging and a writer’s intellectual property, I would strongly beg to differ. It is only flattering when a person imitates an author’s manner and flow of writing, but when a writer’s actual text is copied, regardless if it is altered ever so slightly, that particular form of imitation is nowhere near flattery. It infuriates!
Because, my dear readers, the deed becomes downright PLAGIARISM.
Plagiarism’s definition according to Google is this:
Pretty clear, right?
You’re all probably asking yourselves, “Why is The Tummy Traveler saying all this?”… Well, I’ll tell you why.
Earlier today, I was going through the net Googling a few things related to my blog. It was just one of those ordinary routine tasks I do to make sure my blog is in tip top shape for all you guys. Google suddenly showed me search results that led to a site with the same title as my blog! Coincidence, maybe? The URL was “http://thetummytraveler.wordpress.com“. I thought nothing of it at first. But I got curious and clicked on the link.
This was the banner of the site that popped up.
I was pretty weirded out already, considering we eerily shared the same title and that the site’s banner image was a bit similar to mine – it had images of utensils and an airplane.
To my horror, the text of the website’s WELCOME post was anything BUT coincidental! Go through the text of MY Home text below first…
Now, read the other site’s WELCOME text below…
It doesn’t take a genius to know that the owner of the site blatantly copied my HOME text! Sure, there were a few changes in the words and a few sentences were omitted, but nevertheless, these alterations were obviously made to deceitfully make it appear as though it wasn’t a ripoff!
It doesn’t stop there, unfortunately.
As I scoured through the creep’s blog, I discovered more of the same!
Check out my McDonald’s Ketchup Mystery post below followed by the plagiariser’s version:
Now, take a look at my “Pilipinas, Tara Na” feature followed by the plagiariser’s stolen work:
This nincompoop even went so much as to steal my very own sponsored post! Below is my sponsored post about the benefits of tea followed by the nitwit’s plagiarised post:
Unbelievable, right?! The gall to actually steal someone else’s work and think that he/she could get away with it!
So, who exactly is the owner of this website who has maliciously stolen someone else’s work/ideas and passed them off as his/her own?
This is what ‘s written on the site’s “About” section:
Her name is MC. She doesn’t give a last name. She’s chubby, loves to eat, bad in English and ALSO PLAGIARIZED Frannywanny’s own thoughts!!! Read Frannywanny’s highlighted text below:
What a jerk!
Upon visiting her “Contact” section, she apparently leaves her email address there so that visitors can reach her. Read below:
Boy, is she going to hear an earful from me very soon.
If you’re infuriated with stupid people that have nothing better to do than plagiarise left and right just to make a mark on the blogosphere, I would suggest that you email Ms. MC as well and give her a piece of your mind.
I will keep you all posted as to how this all plays out in the coming days. So, make sure to stay tuned.
I am reeling with so much anger right now, I wanna punch a chubby wall. Grrrrrrrr!