When plagiarism becomes scary

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I am not going to make an enormous production out of this post.

It absolutely pains me to have to write publicly about this, because… yuck. I just don’t want to be in this situation.

The fact is, plagiarism? It sucks.

I’ve dealt with image, design, and text-theft several times over the years, but I have a continuing problem with one woman in particular who apparently refuses to stop stealing my content.

I have approached her privately via email from a place of compassion several times. I have asked her kindly to remove stolen content, and even offered her encouragement and tips to help her find confidence in her own voice, yet she continues to steal content from my blog (and others, too.) This has been going on for over a year.

I just want to say that when plagiarism reaches a certain level, it becomes scary, and actually begins to feel like a kind of cyber stalking. I mean, who recreates the photo and everything? I am really at a loss.

I’ve basically begged her to stop — what is the next step? What would you do?

My post: http://dearcrissy.com/baby-laundry/

3 Kids Plus Us Plagiarism

Her post: http://www.3kidsplusus.com/2012/02/29/wordless-wednesday-baby-laundry/

Another example of copy and paste:

My blog post: http://dearcrissy.com/full-term-pregnancy-belly-photo/

Her blog post: http://www.3kidsplusus.com/2012/03/01/full-term-an-elusive-belly-photos/

Like I have time to deal with this!

Would you pursue the issue if you were me, or just ignore it?

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Crissy Page

Crissy Page is the founder and CEO of Dear Crissy and Parent Pretty. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two spirited and super-cool kids.

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  1. Stacie — May 5, 2012 @ 8:47 am (#)

    If she is self-hosted I would contact her hosting. I’ve been in this situation before, but thankfully the person changed the post so it wasn’t an exact replica of mine. Its not a nice feeling though!

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  2. Ellen Christian — May 5, 2012 @ 8:52 am (#)

    I would pursue it but I’m not sure if it would work. She apparently doesn’t care that she’s copying your work or she either wouldn’t have done it to begin with or would have stopped when you asked her to. I think that is just awful and I hope you find a way to stop her!

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  3. Maggie @ Tethered Mommy — May 5, 2012 @ 8:52 am (#)

    That is freaky. I would press the issue, as much as it doesn’t enormously stress you out. I’m sorry you’re dealing with this – you’ve been much nicer than I would have been.

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  4. Tiffany Cruz — May 5, 2012 @ 8:54 am (#)

    I’m so sorry this is happening to you. Looks like this is something serious. I like Stacie’s suggestion. I hope you can eventually get her to stop. I’m sure it’s very frustrating. HUGS.

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  5. Rachel Cotterill — May 5, 2012 @ 8:57 am (#)

    How h0rrid :( I would try to ignore it, I think; your readers know where to find you, and anyone who tries to engage with her would soon see through the lies (I hope). Is she trying to get advertising money? I just can’t think of any other reason.

    As she’s copying the words, I’m really surprised by her recreating the photos as opposed to just taking yours!

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  6. Abby Murphy — May 5, 2012 @ 8:58 am (#)

    I would pursue it! She’s obviously trying to ride your coattails and you’ve been nice enough to offer her advice rather than be angry and threatening! She’s blatant about stealing from you! Crazy!! (Feel free to send some advice my way!!) :)

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  7. brooke adkins — May 5, 2012 @ 8:58 am (#)

    Oh my word! you need to do something about it that is creepy and stalking and not fair to her readers . Im shocked that someone would copy something at all but the worst part is she actually copied word for word ???

    Hugs
    B

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  8. Star A. — May 5, 2012 @ 9:00 am (#)

    Omgosh, that is scary! I mean that goes beyond just taking someone pics and claiming them as your own, she is just copying you word for word, wow!! Idk what I’d do in that situation, I’d be pissed but wouldn’t knwo how far I could take it, I mean you’ve already asked her to stop. What else can you do? Hope you figure it out, that is just creepy!!

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  9. Marci Campbell — May 5, 2012 @ 9:00 am (#)

    Totally creepy!

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  10. Marissa — May 5, 2012 @ 9:01 am (#)

    Can you file a DCMA? I had to do that with several articles I wrote.

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  11. Mother Mopher — May 5, 2012 @ 9:01 am (#)

    How did you find out that she stole your soul? Now I’m paranoid! Hahha Jk….kinda……..

    Also how weird, I mean we all hit a blogging bump or two, and getting an idea from someone is one thing, but REALLY?! That’s just stage 1000creepster status right there! Couldn’t she just do a lame slide show or a pinterest dump like the rest of us when we’re a little lost?!

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  12. brooke adkins — May 5, 2012 @ 9:02 am (#)

    it strikes me as odd that she actually watermarks her pictures NOT wanting someone to take credit for them ??? but then she steals.. I would link this post on her facebook ..

    Who knows if those are her kids at all .. I had a lady a few years ago that actually stole someone’s still born baby pictures and was telling everyone it was her baby .. :*( .

    B

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    • Marci Campbell — May 5th, 2012 @ 9:08 am

      I was thinking the same thing. It kind of scared me a little to think that those might not even be her kids. There is something wrong with this person.

  13. Maggie — May 5, 2012 @ 9:03 am (#)

    Oh my! That is too weird! I would definitely contact her host – it is so obvious that it is bizarre!

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  14. Samantha — May 5, 2012 @ 9:03 am (#)

    This is horrifying, especially when you consider that she might be profiting in one way or another from your work! Since you’ve tried to approach her privately via email and showed compassion and she still won’t refrain from stealing from you, you may need to consider legal action. Retain a lawyer who can draft a “cease and desist” letter on your behalf. In the meantime continue to make others aware that what she is passing off as her own is in fact your work. This is so wrong; best of luck to you and I hope the situation gets resolved sooner than later.

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  15. Sarah Coulsey — May 5, 2012 @ 9:03 am (#)

    I am sorry that you have to deal with this. I would try to report them as much as possible. You work very hard for your posts, and others should not be allowed to steal them.

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