I’m so angry! I just got robbed.
I wrote an article, published it on my blog, shared it with a local marketing department. They said they would credit me or even help me get it published. They then sold an article two weeks after receiving my article to a local paper. Their byline, my stuff.
They heavily referenced my article, used key phrasing and structure, MY RESEARCH! and never told me they sold an article to a local newspaper. It’s not worth pursuing because they pay is so low. I was flat-out robbed. Be careful out there! if you’re a writer. Never share your work. Better to kill it or let it die, then have it stolen.
I’m nervous now about this blog. How many times have people stolen my work?
I can write more. Those of you who have to steal? God help you because that is a crazy train of chasing the dragon. I pity you, Thief.
I can’t help feel violated though. You could take my possessions, I can replace those, but my words? I built those from nothing. Those are my thoughts, ideas, research, and time. My kindness, care, intention, and effort. How very dare you.
Keep your shitty job and life. I have other work that needs my attention! Woe to you. Not from me or by my hand, you shall remain nameless by my account. But woe to you because you’re a cheat. The universe, IMO, does not forever reward cheats.
Let’s hope that’s true at all levels at this very cheat-y time in history.
I’ve counseled my daughter on intellectual property theft.
Be original. Totally.
She’s an artist and she’s very conscious of copying, plagiarizing, and borrowing. She has grown to hate it. She’s seen her fair share already on DeviantArt, YouTube, REDBUBBLE, and other places. They do their best to cancel cheaters, but it’s a massive problem.
So mad. But I have no time to waste on negativity from here. This very brief blog will be the only belly-aching on the matter. Learned a big lesson. Get it in writing (I did) and trust no one. If someone needs to steal my shit, I guess I’m really good, huh?
Ever had something stolen from you? Your work? Leave a comment!