Given the thousands of hits that we get to the CheapAccounting.co.uk Blog every month, many of you will know that from time to time I do suffer at the hands of plagiarists.
Plagiarism – the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own
The initial emotion I feel when I see my blog content and / or topics copied is one of utter frustration.
I spend the time coming up with the topic, the material, the relevance of the topic and some lazy urchin sweeps in, copies it and passes it off as all of their hard work.
Name and Shame
It has been suggested in the past that I name and shame them but this just draws attention to their web site and blog and away from ours so that cannot be right.
There is of course the legal action route and I would lie if I did not say that I do consider this from time-to-time.
The issue I have with this is that it diverts the resources (time and money) of CheapAccounting.co.uk away from positivism, forward moving activities into negative actions.
If I had a choice why on earth would I want to spend my time, money and energy on these activities – I want CheapAccounting.co.uk to be moving in one direction only and that is forward.
Mind you, one day someone will go too far and end up facing a very expensive court case!
I guess I could lower my social conscious and my morals to that of the plagiarist and accept that this is usual business practice in these days of social media and the internet.
But should I do this?
Do I want to do this?
Can I do this? – the answer to that is no I cannot stoop to those low professional standards
So sorry to say but my frustrations will continue and from time-to-time I shall have a little outburst followed by a nice cup of tea and a cream cake to calm me down.
Plagiarism – a topic I will not copy.
About the author
The copyright of these blogs belongs to Elaine Clark of CheapAccounting.co.uk and MUST NOT be reproduced without her express permission.
I am seeing numerous copies of my blogs appearing on the web sites and blogs of other firms of accountants. I’m afraid that it is now time for me to take a tough stance on breaches of my copyright!