I’ve come across yet another new pet photographer who’s re purposed text off my website for their own use.
This has been happening with such increasing frequency, I have to wonder if I’m the one who’s wrong to assume that most people understand how messed up copying is?
Isn’t that something you learn in like, 1st grade?
I can’t help but take this blatant plagiarism personally. I’m no writer. I spent hours and hours crafting every single world on my website. I’ve read every page so many times I think I have it memorized by now. I spent 2 long months perfecting my business plan, my marketing plan, my pricing structure, and my website.
Sigh. Now I feel like throwing my hands up in defeat. Slapping people with cease and desist letters just seems really crazy. Exposing the offending plagiarizers seems unprofessional and immature. But aside from feeling extremely disappointed and disgusted tonight, all I want to say this:
I challenge you, new photographers, to be fresh, be original, and most of all be true to yourself. If you’re busy copying other people, you’re not staying ahead of the game. You’re merely playing catch up with those ahead of you. And at the end of the day, you have to decide — Would you rather be a leader or a follower? I sure know what I want to be.
Copying someone’s hard work is not nice and extremely unprofessional. And Karma is a bitch!
And by the way, here is a good article I found on intellectual property:
How to protect your website’s copyright when someone steals your content