How Does It Feel To Be a Plagiarizer?

Reblogger Kat DeLong
Real Estate Agent with LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc DRE 01235311

Absolutely one of the most important posts you NEED to read.  THANKS Woo-Hoo Sally.

Original content by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman RS-#62825

We blog so we can give the consumer information regarding the Real Estate Industry, our Local Areas, Businesses while giving them a bit about ourselves. It's a shame when one of those consumers reads something and then Googles it to look for other articles and finds out it's on another website too...written by another person. Or they see the same picture from one author or site and then see it on another. Shame, shame, shame.

 It's stealing...it's plagiarism and you could be sued or heavily fined!

We talk about transparency and writing as if we're 'talking' with the person. Through our writing the reader will determine just how sincere and REAL we are. Especially when they finally pick up the phone and contact us. You better be like the person in those stories you're 'writing' lest the reader loses interest...REAL QUICK.

We write OUR OWN words and use our own pictures.

This is the whole essence of blogging with ORIGINAL content so everyone who reads will ‘feel' a bit of who we are as a person as well. If you cut corners and steal, borrow, copy or even think that just because you ‘gave credit' to the photographer or the writer...it's wrong if you didn't get written permission.

In our industry we get EVERYTHING in writing.

Following are wonderful 'oldies but goodies' for those that THINK they are above the law:

  1. Taking a stand of copyright violations by the Active Rain Real Estate Network This can have a very adverse effect on the community as a whole and must be stopped. 
  2. TLW (The Lovely Wife) wrote about If You Think It Can't Happen To You...You'd Be Wrong About That...ROAR! and copyright laws when it comes to PICTURES IN YOUR POSTS on your blog. Read why she and BB are very careful about what pictures they insert into their posts.
  3. PLAGIARISM, COPYRIGHT AND GOOGLE JUICE is one article of Lenn Harley'sthat IS a must read.  One of the points Lenn states is:     "Destain for the law.   The copyright law doesn't apply to them or it only applies of they get caught and then only if the owner of the intellectual property is willing or able to enforce their copyright."
  4. "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words? How About a Thousand Dollars?" Community Guidelines Re-Visited  Rich Jacobson explains that ‘this guideline is extremely important, and will help to keep your hard-earmed money where it belongs and your butt out of court. It reads as follows:  Respect copyrights. Only upload content/images that you have the right to use (what you have paid for or own), and whose copyright rules allow for commercial use.'
  5. Blog Photos: How to use images from the Internet and not get sued  Kathy McGraw opens a group in Flickr where they use the ‘Creative Commons License' for people who truly want to share and allow commercial use. Check it out here:  Foto Share Shop for Bloggers  

Just as in our business....... 

Think Twice and when in doubt......ASK!

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Kat DeLong
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This POST above, by Woo-Hoo Sally, could save YOU a lawsuit!

Oct 22, 2009 02:07 AM #1
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Mick Michaud
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I love it.

A reblog of a post that references other articles on copywrite infringements and plagerism.

They're all good information.  What a way to present it!  LOL.

 

Oct 22, 2009 02:46 AM #2
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Mike: LOL... good one!

Oct 22, 2009 02:57 AM #3
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Hi Kat,

This is a serious topic. I've seen agents "buy" articles and re-post it and just hope that no one finds it on another site. Really diminishes the person plagiarizing....and is plain old tacky in addition to being illegal.

Oct 22, 2009 05:33 AM #4
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Karen: There's a lot of tacky going around.

Oct 22, 2009 12:43 PM #5
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