Seeing Double

I note that of late, some of my reviews have been plagiarised by others in part or sometimes in full. Come on! The attempt to pass off the plagiarised work as your own is simply dishonest.

I’ve had my designs plagiarised and sent for print, and I’ve had my articles plagiarised by others. *Edited 26th June 2009 @ 11am: Merely changing the original sentence from active to passive or passive to active is also a form of plagiarism* As a writer, I feel that it is worse to have my writing style plagiarised than to have my photos used without permission. I spend a great deal of time describing the food I eat and the experiences that come with it.

When my writing gets plagiarised, I feel robbed. And cheated. It sucks even more when the plagiariser is better known than I am. Makes it look as though I’m the one who’s duplicating the writing style.

To plagiarisers,

“It’s better to fail in originality,
than succeed in imitation”

-Herman Melville, novelist-
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  1. sibu food diva says:

    i feel very sorry for you dear. nevertheless, i hope you still keep on writing despite this, luv your blog! during my undergraduate and also postgraduate days, i have "friends" who plagiarized my journals right under my nose! i just felt like whopping their hands with a broom. maybe this could be a tad useful to you too :)

  2. PureGlutton says:

    Lots of dishonest ppl around….sigh!

  3. foodbin says:

    send them to the gallows!

  4. UnkaLeong says:

    Off with their heads!

  5. on a side note, how irony to have this post on Foodlah! at the backlink segment. :)

    anyway, you didnt give him/her a pc of ur mind?

  6. thenomadGourmand says:

    dear, u jz came back frm yr hol..chill ya..

  7. Lyrical Lemongrass says:

    Sorry to hear that. It really sucks, but these guys don't care that what they're doing is wrong.

  8. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    LL – Haih…such people shouldn't be writing a blog if they have nothing to say! T_T

    nomad – Trying to…

    J2Kfm – I don't think that person will budge… =(

  9. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Unka – *nods head in agreement!*

    foodbin – Hopefully these ppl would stop what they're doing and actually write it "their way".

    PureGlutton – Ya lor…and they get away with it!

    sibu food diva – Thanks dear…it makes me feel better knowing you enjoy reading my blog! =)

  10. Precious Pea says:

    Well said babe…i am already 'numb' from all the shocking discovery of my post or pictures being STOLEN without permission. Some people..really kurang ajar.

  11. smurfette says:

    jahatnyer these ppl!!!! u go girl! fight for ur rite!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Name and shame 'em on your blog!

    Again, my thanks and appreciation for all your time and effort in writing your thoughts on the Malaysian food scene, and of course, for the beautiful pictures.


  13. Anonymous says:

    You forgot to mention that changing the sentences from active to passive or passive to active is also a form of plagiarism. I notice 1 or 2 bloggers did do that to your article.

  14. thule a.k.a leo says:

    stay true to yourself… and believe in karma. So someday those who plagiarised you would be in deep s**t!!! lol…

  15. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Anonymous – I agree! Edited that into my post…thks.

    DF – If the person were to continue plagiarising, I would do that.

    Thanks for your support! =)

    smurfette – Sh*t happens… =(

    Pea – Exactly! I still remember your stolen Tenji post! T_T

  16. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    leo – I certainly hope so! ;)

  17. Heyy well…this happens when ur good, so at least u know where u stand. but yeah, name 'em and shame 'em unless they remove the offensive material first lo.

  18. babe_kl says:

    sigghh its so sad that ppl resort to stooping so low. well i got my pic stolen by one newspaper co!!! horrible. well if the thief is earning money from advertisers, you can report IT to the advertisers and also their bloghost!

  19. Life for Beginners says:

    Happens all the time, dear. Don't fret too much about it. When this happens, the options are simple:

    1. Take action. Track the bugger down and disembowel the fler.

    2. Let go.

    I recommend the latter option cos these buggers? There's no end to them, and you have much better use of your time than chasing their worthless asses down.

    You can post more of your lovely pics and reviews, ferexample. ;)

  20. BaBy OcTopUs says:

    For me it's better to have your own style of writing as it reflect the writer mood and persona.

    No point duplicating someone else work and getting credit of it. What is the satisfaction in that.

    My writing might not be perfect and polish but at least it's my own.

    You go girl. We will support you~!

  21. i think you should name and shame them
    like scrangie does :P

  22. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    jeen – Hahaha…I'm going to if the offender does it again!

    BaBy OcTopUs – Thanks for the support!

    LFB – You have a point…but I feel better voicing it out, hence this post. ;)

  23. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    babe_kl – Annoying pests these copycats…hopefully when I report it to the bloghost, they will take action!

    EVo – Next round, for sure!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Well, didn't you expect this happen sooner or later? Ppl comes in all kinds of shape and manner, worse, more scums than buddies will always show up. So, don't worry, you can't do anything about it and more important don't let them get to you. Give the finger to these losers, get a bunch of good friends and go on a binge fiesta, you'll definitely feel much better!

  25. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Anonymous – I expected this, but not from someone relatively known in the blogsphere. Hahaha…thanks for the advice ya! =)

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