Feeling a Bit Disturbed about text from my Blog post being Copied and Pasted

Update on 18 August 2011: Sigh….the plagiarized text is up again

Update on 17 August 2011: Thanks so much to Yahoo Singapore, who very promptly removed the plagiarized chunks of text.

What I posted earlier:

Someone copied a chunk of text from my previous post and posted it under the user name ‘Chao Hai Roger’ under one of the comments in response to an article on Yahoo Singapore (my favourite Singapore news site by the way). Someone in my family pointed it out to me. I was tickled at first and felt she must be mistaken. Who in the heck would want to copy my rambling incoherent thoughts and pass it off as their own? I then wondered if it was just a link to my blog post, but when I saw it, I felt a little disturbed. Never been impersonated before and I wonder how often this kind of thing happens to bloggers.

My casual thoughts on my blog are sort of being taken out of context now, plagiarized and attributed to someone else? Just wanted to point out to anyone who reads this, that this Yahoo user ‘Roger’ is not me. I also like my comments to remain on my blog where I have control in moderating replies. As I have stated before, I am old-fashioned and am not comfortable with expletives, xenophobia and violent language. My blog is a journal about life in Singapore, not necessarily politics and sometimes I just feel compelled to vent. Incidents like these discourage me from being open with my thoughts.

And now I will let the matter rest as one of the casualties of blogging. Sigh – what an irony, and the joke is on me. If ‘Roger’ really liked what I said than I would just say, thank you. Imitation is flattery, but I would like to implore please – don’t copy and paste next time. Thanks so much.

An I being too melodramatic about this….sorry if I am.

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4 Responses to Feeling a Bit Disturbed about text from my Blog post being Copied and Pasted

  1. San says:

    Oh dear, that’s not nice 🙁 Too lazy even to paraphrase? But not surprising in this day and age (yes, I’m am old fogey, too) of imitation, fakery and plagiarism. Best case scenario, take it as a compliment that your rambling incoherent thoughts were so spot-on for someone, that he/she felt compelled to take on your persona and share your thoughts verbatim!

    • bookjunkie says:

      Thanks so much San…..the egotistic part of me did feel complimented 🙂 Glad to have a fellow ‘old fogey’ around 😉

  2. C says:

    Not an overreaction in my estimation.

    Back in the day, I had entire stories ripped off from my story page when I posted fiction online. I was googling for something and found another person’s story…except it was mine.

    It’s violating.

    Quote me, attribute the quote and we’ll get along fine.

    Rip off my words and there’s a word for that–plagarism.

    Sadly, there isn’t a ton you can do about it beyond calling them out.

    • bookjunkie says:

      Ripping off someone’s fiction is terrible….it’s awful to hear about it. If I ever do start on a book it’s gonna be offline.

      It makes me feel so much better to know that I am not blowing this out of proportion. I think Yahoo has since dropped that copied text from it’s site….thanks Yahoo Singapore.

      I also felt misrepresented because they left out the milder bits and only put in the stronger parts.

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