PLAGIARISM….Are Those Words REALLY Yours???

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Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

 

The bottom line is this…IF YOU DID NOT WRITE ITDon’t copy and paste it in your blog!!! Nothing is more profound than showing the entire world...who you are. We do this by writing about our local areas, our real estate industry/profession and even about the history of our neighborhoods.

My blog contains all this and more. I AM the person behind these words and my information is true and correct...to the best of my knowledge. But, let's get back to the topic.  Did you know that copy and pasting the work of others is STEALING?

Think about the following BEFORE you hit that POST BLOG ENTRY button. 

1)    You might be able to post it IF you click the “This is not my content but I have permission to repost it” and that’s IF YOU HAVE PERMISSION!  Is it in writing? 

2)    Then you may be able to copy/paste the Original URL Content link next to it in the box.Do you REALLY want to do this?

3)    Think TWICE, Three times even if it’s even worth it to ‘ask permission’. So you get a written authorization to 'use' someone else's words, pictures etc.  Does that make it YOURS? Be sure now. DO you REALLY want to hit that button????

walking in someone else's shoes

 

Why would you even think about using someone else’s writing in YOUR blog?

1)   What would the consumer think if your blog looked like something they had seen somewhere else?  ….and they found that other article that you DID NOT write 

2)   What would your peers think when they google that first phrase, only to find out the entire article was someone else’s??  You really look like a ….LIAR.

3)   Why would you copy /paste someone else’s words in your blog anyway? Don’t you want to be able to tell other people (when they comment on your blog) that YOU wrote it? 

Your words will also describe who you are. The way you write will show what kind of personality you have. Your transparency will show the reader how knowledgable you really are and the information we write has to be TRUE and Correct to the best of our knowledge.  You cannot vouch for another person's writing.

 

THINK TWICE…even THREE TIMES

Are YOU walking in someone else's shoes?

It’s the person behind the words.

WE, are the people behind out words.

 

I FOUND YOUR PLAGIARIZED BLOG.

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Definitely a defect in the human nature that is not going away soon. The jails and the courts are full of people who unsuccessfully pushed the limits on certain subjects this be one of them

Mar 11, 2014 11:18 PM #32
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
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I've read all your comments and as always the bottom line (that I believe) is this.... If you did not write it...it is not yours. I did not say anything about a snippet...but I suppose I should have 'clarified'.  I look at it like this. We use a snippet to quote what someone said....and then EXPOUND on it if we want a conversation. 

Is a WHOLE photo a snippet?  Half of one?  I had a loan officer here take my mls photo (with my signature on it on the bottom right)  and crop off my signature and use it in his blog (outside). I just happened upon it looking for specifics on a loan.  WOW.  

Let's all get real.  WRITE THE ARTICLE AND TAKE THE PICTURE ALL ON YOUR OWN and you get to give your own self credit.....AND.....your clients (who know the trick about taking a part of the story and googling it) won't be 'surprised' or 'disappointed' OR...the biggest...think you are just lazy for using someone else's words...and not your OWN.  

 

Mar 12, 2014 01:42 AM #33
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Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, Keller William Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
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I guess I'm having a hard believing that people really do this. Is it happening on ActiveRain? ActiveRain allows us a great option. I reblog when I see something spectacular. I can't imagine cutting and pasting someone else's writing. Why not reblog?

Mar 12, 2014 02:41 AM #34
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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I hope that if this happened on AR, that you reported it, and that AR took the appropriate action.  There's simply no excuse -- ever -- for plagiarism of text or photos.

Mar 12, 2014 04:54 AM #35
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Praful Thakkar
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Sally, some habits die hard! Fortunately, we are always warned here - again and again to do what is right. Thanks.

Mar 12, 2014 01:58 PM #36
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Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
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Curation or syndication is a way to use someone else's works. The biggest distinction is that this information is always attributed to the original author. Active Rain allows this in their function of ReBlog!

Mar 12, 2014 04:31 PM #37
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Apparently this needs be said because it is a problem, which is unfortunate. I ran into the issue a couple of months ago and called to confront the person, that is the only way I know how to handle this kind of situation. It is truly impossible to see every thing that is written.

Mar 13, 2014 02:29 AM #38
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I always hear that this is happening on AR but I haven't found any evidence of it as it pertains to my work. Unfortunately, those who do it will not be stopped with a simple warning. They already know it's wrong.

Mar 13, 2014 07:28 AM #39
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Jaci Clayton
Prudential PenFed Realty - Frederick, MD
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Super blog!!  Well written. I can not agree more. Blogging should be from the individual. I would not copy and paste and claim it as mine. I would also not like to see my written words expressed on someone else's blog.  Thank you for the great post!! And it is a feature post as well.... 

Mar 14, 2014 03:50 AM #40
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

Yes, it happens here, there and everywhere online. I am hoping that ONE DAY...'they' will finally 'get it' :)

Mar 14, 2014 04:14 AM #41
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Sally:  I'm mulling over such a problem right now .. as I know the writer and I know the content/post written is not their creation.   The post has been Featured recently ... and it's like getting smacked between the eyes every time I see the post.  Let it go?  Or take action?  I still haven't decided ...

Gene

Mar 15, 2014 01:47 AM #42
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Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Plagiarizing should get you thrown out. Same as in school. Called cheating. To easy to write or right your own.

Mar 15, 2014 04:56 AM #43
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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Sally-This was a constant complaint when I was first introduced to ActiveRain. Is it still a big issue? I don't read as many complaints now about plagiarism.

Mar 15, 2014 07:36 AM #44
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Obviously gaining lots of feedback on this one.  Definitely wise to write your own material for your blogs and DO NOT copy anyone else's photos, written words, or anything! 

Mar 17, 2014 02:18 PM #45
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sally,

You are getting some good feedback as you should on this post. Taking your own photos and writing your own material are always the most important when writing for anything..a post, an advertisement, a speech..the list goes on!

Mar 17, 2014 09:27 PM #46
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Sally. I really like this and suggested it. If it is yours you know it, and if you take it from somewhere or someone else without attribution and permission you are stealing.

Mar 17, 2014 11:36 PM #47
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Great article and I totally agree and how embarrassing or expensive if the person was found out. I sometimes get an idea and then do my own post with my own words and pictures.

Mar 23, 2014 08:22 AM #48
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John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
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Good evening Sally!  How true and can't agree more.  I do reprint a book of Custer County History that I have been given permission to use.  As the writer told me..."the more people that can read about our area...the better".  Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Mar 23, 2014 12:20 PM #49
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
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Wow...this conversation was going on a bit...and a lot of you agree.  Bottom line is this....our 'transparency' shines through our written word.  OUR OWN written words :)

Mar 24, 2014 02:27 AM #50
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Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
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It's just silly to think that copy and paste (in the day of the internet especially) would be anything less than foolish. These blogs live on the net forever. 

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