I Hate Plagiarism

When I say “I hate plagiarism” I mean it. I mean it not only for my work but for others work as well. If you look closely at my blog you will find that I have mentioned copyright where it belongs. Plagiarism on internet is really a matter of concern and even though there are licenses or banners to warn people from copying, plagiarism still continues. It is fine to copy-paste someone’s work but one must show some respect and mention the author at the end of the post.
Few of my poems have been copy pasted at sites I never knew existed but then my name was mentioned at the end of the poem, a complete stranger from Brazil wrote to me asking for permission to post my poem at his blog, I gave him the permission because he said he will mention the copyright and he did mention.
Hence I got the shock of my life when I found out that one of the fellow bloggers who also happens to be a regular visitor of my blog had copied one of my poems without mention of my name. This definitely upset me but what hurt me the most was the poem he chose to copy.

He copied the poem I had written for my dad and made it into a love poem. I left my reaction at his blog but he tried to turn the tables on me by saying that he had asked for the permission to copy. I had clearly mentioned though, that he can keep the poem for collection. I never expected that he would change the gender of the poem and make it into a love poem. A poem written by 29 year old daughter for her 65 year old father was made into a love poem, just imagine!
When I read different blogs I find a few interesting poems and I write to the author asking for the permission to copy the poems, it does not mean that I will post their work as my own. I can never do that. If someone else inspires me to write, I make it a point to mention the name of the person who inspired me to write. If I learn new things from someone I mention about it. Am I a fool to be so specific about everything?

Anyways, finally a friend stepped in and commented at his blog; it was after my friend’s intervention that he chose to delete the post. He neither published my friend’s comment nor mentioned that the concerned poem was copied. I decided to let go the matter because he deleted the poem. He also mentioned that he simply forgot to mention my name at the end of the post whereas the fact is that he wanted to show off the poem as his own, perhaps to impress someone or else he would have at least mentioned in the comment section that the poem was not his but he simply kept thanking people who commented that the poem was wonderful, beautiful, made them think of someone, etc. I was in tears when I read the comments. Just imagine how one would feel when her poem for her father makes someone think romantically about someone!

The next thing that surprised me was that he left messages for me at yahoo messenger telling me how I had betrayed his trust in me by mentioning about plagiarism in public instead of writing to him personally. It was after his offliners to me that I decided to check on the rest of his posts as to why he did not want me to go public about plagiarism. What I found out shocked me. When I checked the url’s of his poems using copyscape I found out that mine was not the only poem that was copied. He had copied many more poems and the moment I found out about it I knew I had to do something. I did not want him to feel that I am exposing him for personal reasons hence I shouted in his shoutbox as “copyscape”. I knew there was no use commenting on the posts because he would never publish my comment. I mentioned the links of the poems that were copied and personally wrote to the original authors telling them about his blog and their poem being copied.
Back to his blog I found out that he had spammed his own shoutbox to hide my messages. This was amateurish thing to do. Later on, another person joined me against plagiarism and then I took a back seat. I just wanted someone to know that this guy had been copying other people’s stuff without respecting the efforts the authors had taken; once this was achieved I simply watched silently hoping that some action would be taken. The best thing he should have done was to mention the copyrights or delete the concerned posts but he simply kept spamming his own shoutbox. Finally, what he considered as the final step, he removed the shoutbox. Now, he thought, there was no way anyone would raise their voice against his copying act. There was no shoutbox and comments are moderated, which gives him the power to publish only the posts he wants to be seen. But he failed to understand that removing the shoutbox from his blog does not delete the shoutbox from the net. It is still accessible. The other person posted comments at the shoutbox that no more existed at this guy’s blog and left links of file-sharing sites where the PDF of the plagiarized poems has been uploaded by someone for circulation. The link of 4shared works… I have downloaded the PDF myself and don’t be shocked to see that there are 16 poems in the list.

One of his blogger friends who regularly commented at his blog has joined me as well. She usually comments as a poem and then posts the comment at her blog as post along with the link and author of the original poem that inspired her to write. When she found out that this guy had copied my poem she kept the post with strikethrough.
Also, after knowing that he has copied most of the poems at his blog she went one step further and in addition of strikethrough she even mentioned the original authors of the poems. I really admire such people.
Taking her example and word, I am going ahead and making this matter public.

My only intention of publishing this post is to spread the word about plagiarism. Though his act of copying my poem for dad did hurt it is not the sole reason for all the things I did. I contacted the authors because I felt they deserve respect for the time they have spent writing. I want people to fight against plagiarism. I know I cannot change the whole world but I can at least do my part by raising my voice against plagiarism that I have noticed.

Perhaps a few people might be of the opinion that I should have not written this post. Perhaps there will be some back lashing from that guy or his friends / supporters but I do not care. I know in my heart that I am right and I am true to myself. I have been truthful from the first word to the last word of this post hence I am ready to face the consequences, whatever they are. I do not have comment moderation at my blog and I will not delete any comment other than advertisements.

A friend suggested that I go and comment at the blogs of all those who comment at this guy’s blog and tell them that all the wonderful poems they thought were his are actually copied. I am not really sure whether I want to do this.
I do know in my heart that I want this matter to end, sooner the better. I personally hoped that the guy would admit that he has copied poems but by not accepting it he has landed himself in deep trouble.
This has to stop and only one or two people cannot stop it. We all have to join hands and fight against plagiarism. Those who wish that something has to be done about this, please follow the links mentioned at the end of the post and step in! Those who do not wish to follow the links at least express your views in my comment section so that if ever my blog is searched in google, it will be known that people have raised their voice against the wrong.
If anyone knows how to tackle this matter then please write about it in the comment section.

Please note that I have not mentioned any name in this post. But the name of the person will be disclosed in the following links. I have done my best to show respect and not defame someone’s character.

I had left a message at his shoutbox saying that I would be writing an article on plagiarism, I wanted to warn him once again and see whether he deletes the poems he has copied from others but instead of doing the right thing he wrote to me using the contact me form. This is what the message read:
[I have "hidden" the name and email address of this person]

MESSAGE SENT THROUGH YOUR WEBSITE

This form was submitted:  Sep 06 2007 / 11:04:00
by a visitor with this IP Address:  202.63.168.35

userid = artihonrao
FirstLastName = hidden
Email = hidden
Message = Arti why do u all these things. What will you get from this??????


I want to tell him that I am not doing anything to get something out of it. This is nothing personal. IF I want something from him it is apology to all the concerned authors for copying their valuable work.

He has even left messages for me at yahoo [yes he was in my friend list]

the guy: Arti what do u get from all these
the guy: why do u do all these
the guy: arti come on yaar dont be so strong yaar
the guy: and i dont know that u were the one with the name Plagarisim-Squad
Me:I AM NOT THE PLAGIARISM SQUAD ... IT IS PERHAPS ONE OF THE AUTHORS... I AM NOT ANSWERABLE TO YOU BUT I THOUGHT I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW.
the guy: arti r u online
the guy: pls talk to me yaat
the guy: yaar


UPDATE

yahoo messages after the post was published.



the guy: i did mention my e mail address i dont know why i did not show up
the guy: hey if u want i will delte all the posts
the guy: arti reply me
the guy: talk to me buddy
the guy: arti u dont want to talk to me?
the guy: arti soory yaar
the guy: sorry yaar
the guy: this will not happen again
the guy: please stop all this yaar
the guy: i have related all the poems with their author names
the guy: thanks a lot for all such actions
the guy: i will never forget u in my life
the guy: good bye
the guy: for ever


I checked his blog, he has deleted a few posts and labeled few others with author's name.

Related links

My poem that was copied
Snapshot of the poem at his blog
Forum where I raised my voice against plagiarism
The link to this guy’s shoutbox that was removed from his blog
[Do check the older messages too]
Link for download of PDF of list of plagiarized poems
Copyscape link of responding to online plagiarism
Link to the blog where his friend has strike-through all over his poems

Comments

  1. gosh .. this is really childish .. how can he be so stupid. I think the wise thing for him to do, would be to show some maturity and come clean.
    Give credit where it is due, a beautiful poem copied and changed just to suit his purpose.
    How stupid !!
    If I was you, I would be bombarding him with emails with the subject line "you copycat" :)
    What is really sad is, he is claiming all credit for the poems in his comments section .. really really immature to underestimate the people who read his blog. How could he think that people would not find out that he has copied.

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  2. Totally unrelated comment ->
    your blog has become very confusing to navigate with the introduction of "Table of Contents", the old design was better :) or I would suggest you display either the Top posts or recent posts somewhere on the sidebar ?

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  3. Good job Arti...I am really happy that you came out with this post...I wonder why don't ppl understand that one's blog has to be as unique as the person himself wherei u can admire a lot of people but cannot be a copy of them. phew...some ppl will never grow up...I guess its time they come out of their monkey habits.

    Somya

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  4. This is very heart breaking. Plagiarism should be prohibited. Everyone should cooperate. Ones hardwork should be recognised.:(

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  5. Utkarsh [about plagiarism]

    You are right, the wise thing was to come out with it but he kept hiding. Now, as I posted this article he's been sending messages to me at yahoo apologizing to me and saying that he will remove the posts if I wish and he will not repeat it. Perhaps he will delete the posts now.


    [about Toc]

    Sorry to know that you are facing problem with ToC. I had it "on" only for the new comers so that they know what Straight From The Heart contains. Things will be easier if you collapse the ToC :)

    GBU
    Arti

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  6. Somya -

    I agree. Unfortunate for him, one day even if he attempts something original its authenticity would be doubted.



    GBU
    Arti

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  7. venus66 -

    Yes, it is heart-breaking. It is no joke to create something from zero and then know that your valuable work has been copied.
    I did forgive him once for what he had done to me but he had been doing this on larger scale and this is NOT accepted.



    GBU
    Arti

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  8. Arti..
    Glad to see you come public with this act
    Mostly when these things get sorted out in a discreet manner... the impact goes un-noticed and un-acknowledged

    I brave the person who has striken out the poems respecting the original author's sentiments and efforts

    The person in question has mentioned the author name in the LABELS of each post... as "poem by --xyz--"... but has not linked to the original post... (Lables links to ones own blog)..
    I only hope other authors pitch in as well

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  9. Cheng_Kurinji -

    Glad to see you come public with this act
    Someone HAD to do it.

    Mostly when these things get sorted out in a discreet manner... the impact goes un-noticed and un-acknowledged
    Agreed. Still, had he acted when he was being warned this would have not gone so far. I do not like defaming someone's character in public.
    If you are wrong, you should have guts to accept it. That is what I feel.

    I brave the person who has striken out the poems respecting the original author's sentiments and efforts
    Yes, I agree. That was a brave thing to do. Hats off to her.

    The person in question has mentioned the author name in the LABELS of each post... as "poem by --xyz--"... but has not linked to the original post... (Lables links to ones own blog)..

    Yes, I saw that. I hope he corrects this as well. He's been reading this post constantly and hence the messages at yahoo.

    I only hope other authors pitch in as well
    I hope so too. When I had searched for poems in copyscape, I did contact the authors through contact me forms but the authors of additional ones in the PDF have not been contacted.




    GBU
    Arti

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  10. hi arti

    very sad situation ...

    I have looked at his version of the poem .... now understand why you felt violated. I felt that this "particular adaptation" should have been shown to you for permission before he could post it.

    I do hope that you can forgive him in your heart despite this being a serious matter.

    Last I'll hope that he search his heart and realise the pain he has caused you. Mistake in life can be righted and true forgiveness can only be given by himself who made that mistep in life.

    I do think that your speaking out is an opportunity for him to come clean and understand that perhaps some part of his life is simply needing attention, it is a blessing and I hope he realise that.

    wishing the best for both of you.
    tim

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  11. Hi Aarti, glad to read this post. Lot of people do copy recipes and photos too, particularly hard for foodies.
    Unfortunately, except asking them to delete and threaten actions against them,we cannot do anything I guess.You can red flag his blog.
    Good luck to you, hopefully he gets his acts together and stop copying.Some people are shameless and wired wrong!:)

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  12. well i came across his poems and felt it didn't have his heart...and guess i was right...

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  13. I think its height of craziness!
    Good you put up a fight....
    Hope atleast a lesson is learnt -

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  14. Thanks a ton Arti for sharing this .... I really hoped I had the same intution tht Vishesh had ...

    thanks again

    alok

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  15. this is sad news...really good that u ve put up a fight against this..plagiarism is a huge problem and internet makes it easy for such ppl to steal other's works...its really shamefull that someone steals someone else's works and claims them to be his own.

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  16. Drips of paint -

    I do hope that you can forgive him in your heart despite this being a serious matter.

    I did forgive him once for what he had done to me but when I saw that most of his poems were copied, I could not stop myself from reacting.

    I do agree with what you said about forgiveness.




    GBU
    Arti

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  17. Asha -

    Lot of people do copy recipes and photos too, particularly hard for foodies.
    I do understand.

    hopefully he gets his acts together and stop copying

    I hope so too.
    He did label the posts with original authors, but he still has to edit the posts and link to the sites from where he had copied the poems.
    If he has forgotten the sites, the PDF can be used as the guide.




    GBU
    Arti

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  18. Vishesh -

    You are right, copied stuff can never have your heart in it, I must say you have a very good way of knowing things.



    GBU
    Arti

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  19. Praneeth -

    Yes, I hope a lesson is learned by him and others who indulge in copying.



    GBU
    Arti

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  20. Alok -

    You are welcome! I did this because I want to do my part against plagiarism.




    GBU
    Arti

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  21. Amrita -

    Yes it is shameful and I hope that someday Plagiarism will be totally wiped off.



    GBU
    Arti

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  22. Thanks Arti. Still cannot believe it. This is really sad!

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  23. Srividya -

    Yes, it is difficult to believe but I know because my poem was copied.



    GBU
    Arti

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  24. I am sorry to hear that this happened. I've dealt with it myself many times. I just want to say that I share your frustration and anger over plagiarism and am here to help if there is any way that I can.

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  25. I am so glad you stood up against this Arti...It was a shock to know your poem had not only been copied but changed as well...and an even greater shock to know most of the poems were copied with no referral to the author. Kudos to you.

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  26. Arti Im sorry he did this to u. I detest PLAGIARISM.

    At the same time Im not so shocked this happened...cos d u know that some loser has copied my entire net profile, posts and pics all over the net (in orkut and tickle etc) and is now pretending to be me? And he's also putting up porn etc under my ID! As much as I wanna report this person to the Police (which I can), I'm not gonna give them teh attention they r looking from me.

    In ur case it's a lil bit different...at least the guy didnt become nasty. but Im not saying thats any better than what Im facing on a DAILY BASIS...plagiarism is plagiarism, no matter how they do it.

    Im glad u stood up for urself. btw does he know that PLAGIARISM is a chargeable crime? plagiarists end up in jail. Let him know that.

    TC Arti,
    Keshi.

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  27. Seriously, my first question was, how did he expect to get away with this in today's age? And especially when he was copying from blogs?

    Anyways, nice of you to show restraint in busting him privately first.

    Personally, I follow the policy of your other friend. If a post/idea springs out from somebody's blog, either there will be a link to the blog in the post, or the P.S. will have the link. Apart from being polite, if I am commenting/expanding on something, the readers should know what I am talking about first, right?

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  28. Jonathan Bailey -

    Thank you sir for your visit and valuable support against plagiarism.
    I checked your site and found it really informative. I will visit once again to go deep in the archives.

    As far as your help is concerned, your presence here has done it already. The concerned person seems to be following this article closely and I am sure he will visit your site too.

    I just wish we can get him to mention the authors in the post, instead of labels and link to the sites where he has copied the poems from. If he has forgotten the sites from where he took the poems he can use the PDF as a guide.

    If he cannot do this, I wish he deletes the concerned posts and then write a separate post mentioning the reasons for the deletion of posts and apologize to the authors. They deserve this much respect.

    I do not think we need to go any further than this, he has already apologized in a discreet manner in the Cbox shoutbox that is no more at his blog [so that his blog friends do not know of apology]

    Personally, I wish all this would have not happened. He should have taken the appropriate step at the right time.

    Let us wait and watch.

    Thank you once again for the support.




    GBU and Regards
    Arti

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  29. Janice -

    I stood up against Plagiarism because I found out mine was not the only poem that was copied. It is true that he had hurt my sentiments but this matter would have not been pursued further had the other poems been his original.

    He should have at least acted when he was being warned but he was adamant.

    I hope he takes the appropriate step at least now.



    GBU
    Arti

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  30. Fleiger -

    Seriously, my first question was, how did he expect to get away with this in today's age? And especially when he was copying from blogs?

    Even I wondered about this. Maybe he thought comment moderation would wipe out all the chances of reactions from the authors whom he was copying!

    Yes, he was warned before this post was published but he was adamant and did not respond in appropriate manner, instead of following the instructions he deleted the shoutbox from his site.

    I admire such people who mention the copyrights where it belongs and provides the links even if it is as a footnote.
    Hence, I admire you too.
    Be the way you are.


    Thanks for your support
    GBU
    Arti

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  31. Keshi -

    I detest Plagiarism too. Thank you for understanding Keshi. Your support is much appreciated.

    some loser has copied my entire net profile, posts and pics all over the net (in orkut and tickle etc) and is now pretending to be me? And he's also putting up porn etc under my ID!
    I can understand how you must have felt.

    As much as I wanna report this person to the Police (which I can), I'm not gonna give them teh attention they r looking from me.
    It is not about attention Keshi, it is about your identity. I suggest you act before it is late.

    In ur case it's a lil bit different...at least the guy didnt become nasty. but Im not saying thats any better than what Im facing on a DAILY BASIS...plagiarism is plagiarism, no matter how they do it.

    Im glad u stood up for urself.

    Yes, Plagiarism is Plagiarism.
    Also, here I am not standing up only for my own sake, I wish to represent the authors whose copyright was not respected.

    btw does he know that PLAGIARISM is a chargeable crime? plagiarists end up in jail. Let him know that.
    I don't think he knew, he'll know now after he reads all the comments closely.

    I wish he follows our instruction at least now and do the needful.



    Thanks again,
    GBU
    Arti

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  32. To All -

    I visited the concerned person's blog just now and saw that he has deleted all the posts and written a post where he has sincerely apologized for copying.

    I wish he had done this long back.



    GBU
    Arti

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  33. arti di

    plagiarism is pretty unfortunate and i m sure that the fact tht this person was once ur friend is the most heartbreaking part.but i m glad u decided to share this incident with us by posting about it. it must have made a lot of difference.

    following ur links, i saw tht the guy has posted an apology and has decided to quit blogging.he has also deleted all his previous posts. but sometimes the damage done is beyond repair. i m sure tht u and all the writers he has hurt have mighty big hearts and will forgive him eventually. but i'd really like to know if he'd be able to do the same.
    cheers to you

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  34. Kashika -

    Yes, you are right. Plagiarism is very unfortunate and it hurts more to know that the person involved is your friend. I wish he had not copied on such a larger scale.

    Anyways, as you read it yourself, he has corrected his mistake. Wish he had done this long ago when he was warned.


    I have forgiven him for what he had done to me, now he needs to forgive himself.




    GBU
    Arti

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  35. Hey Arti, I agree completely about this. Are forget about people and bloggers copying stuff. Few months back somone stole Swati's(my wife) photo from my blog and posted in Times of India(Bombay times). I send them email about it and the editor din't even respond to me. :( Anyway

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  36. Suds -

    Hi! Glad to see you here after a real long time...
    Thanks for understanding.
    It was the most disgusting thing that happened with you, very unfortunate that the editor did not respond to you. Really a shame to know that such people exist amidst us.



    Take care
    GBU
    Arti

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  37. Hey Arti, I know it has been such a long time since I visited. Actually was too busy wiht work, personal life and college. Finally college is over so I am hoping I will get some time to visit blogs and get back to reading. :)

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  38. Suds -

    Hi! Yeah I can understand being busy :) Glad to see you here



    Keep visiting
    GBU
    Arti

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  39. Good work Arti, you handled the situation really well. I think the guy must have learned his listen. I think everybody with an inclination of copying and has read this post will will think twice before doing so...

    P.S: I am not dead! :-D

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  40. Rockus -

    Hi! Glad to hear from you ...
    Long time eh?

    Good work Arti, you handled the situation really well.

    Thank you.

    I think the guy must have learned his listen. I think everybody with an inclination of copying and has read this post will will think twice before doing so...


    Yes, I hope so too.
    In fact he has and has sincerely apologized too. I seriously hope that people think many a times before copying.

    P.S: I am not dead
    Me too :p




    GBU
    Arti

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  41. Hi Arti
    Looks like i have missed much of the action..
    Every journey starts with a small step.. cheers to you for taking the the forst step

    Glad to see the plagarised posts off the blog and an apology rendered to the authors at the post and at the shoutbox

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  42. Deepa -

    Yes, a lot has happened after you went out of town. The small step came as inspiration from you after I saw the strikethroughs at your blog.

    Even I am glad that he has sincerely apologized to all the authors but I never wanted him to leave the blogworld.
    I still feel that he should make a new [sincere] beginning.



    GBU
    Arti

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  43. after a long gap... hmmm i learnt a new word plagiarism.

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  44. Known stranger -

    Glad to see you here after a long time :)

    i learnt a new word plagiarism.

    Better late than never :)



    GBU
    Arti

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  45. The apology post has now been deleted.

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  46. Anonymous -

    Hmmm, just saw that!



    GBU
    Arti

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  47. Arti, Very interesting post, though I only red the first few paragraphs because I find it hard to read long text. (That's why I like short poems.) I do have a comment though, and a difference of opinion. Personally I would feel honored to have someone reuse my work for another purpose, especially an honorable one. Was it not out of love that you wrote a poem for your father? Love is love. All expressions of it are mankind's recognition (though unknown by most) of a need for the highest form--divine love. Love is gentle, love is kind... as the scripture goes. I think it is in the bible, but I'm not certain. There is really very little that is original under the sun. Isn't every thing we speak or write because we have learned it from others. My father, my mother, my teachers--I give credit to all without footnoting every utterance and scrib. I too have a dream, but does it mean I have to say it was Martin Luther King that made it popular? Was he the first to say, "I have a dream."? We help each other out and move ahead ourselves. Your work, Arti, is advancing the consciousness of the world. I thank you. We thank you.

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  48. Hello Sir,

    I really respect your point of view. But, I would differ only for one reason that it was never about laurels. I would have not refused had he asked before using and modifying the poem. He converted the poem for my father into a love poem for his girl and had you read the kind of comments he was getting for the post, you would have understood the reason behind the ache and the tears.

    The most important part is that each and poem on his blog was copied from someone else!
    He has now deleted all the poems after reading this post and the comments on this post.

    Other than this "emotional" part of the entire matter, I do not have anything against him, in fact I do not have anything against him.
    I have already forgiven him.

    Your work, Arti, is advancing the consciousness of the world. I thank you. We thank you.
    I am really honored by this comment of yours.
    Thank you.


    GBU and Regards
    Arti

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  49. AnonymousJuly 07, 2009

    Great work Arti... It is good that you raised your voice against Plagiarism... Some people never learn and need to be treated this way...!! cheers..:)

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  50. Thank you, Anonymous.
    This guy learned it the hard way.


    GBU
    Arti

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  51. Any way it's in people nature to take short cuts and create duplicate content by the way:(

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