AAA - Plagiarists Wanted, Dead or Alive!

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

Plagiarists Wanted, Dead or Alive!

Now before we go any further, please do not go out and kill or hunt down any plagiarists this week, or I will be the first to suggest that you are arrested.

The purpose of this post is to warn any present day or future plagiarists that there are people here in the rain that routinely seek out your sort, not to give you a pat on the back, but to put your butt in slammer.

Personally, I don’t care, life is too short to spend any of it worrying about what anyone else is doing, I just live and let live, unless they give me a reason.

But there are others who get very upset about this and can do a plagiarism check on your blog faster than you can look up how to spell Plagiarism.



If you have yet to grab someone else's words, pictures or snicker-doodle; DON’T DO IT!

It is just not worth it, AR will delete your post, audit your blog and maybe even delete your blog.

And that is only the minor part, if the person or entity that you borrowed the content or picture from catches you they may, make you even more uncomfortable with much more than a point reduction. 

This will cost you some serious real world points, like good old American dollars.



  1. Get permission from the owner of the copy or photo. 
  2. Edit your blog post, attributing the content and or photo, and check that little box that says something to the effect that this is not my stuff.

Or better yet.

Go back through your own blog, yes all the way to the beginning, and just delete any blog posts that may have a guilty conscience.


After seeing several plagiarism reports this week I really do not want to see another, so please ACT QUICKLY, and get that stuff out of the Rain!!!!


And a Couple of things to emphasize here.

  1. Stealing is ALWAYS BAD,  whether I make light or not!
  2. You MUST, get permission and Attribute any work that is not your own.
  3. Nobody expects you to be a great writer, just an honest one, so write what ever comes from you, not what comes from someone else.


ps, if you would like to know how to get some FREE PHOTOS, let me know, my goal is to keep you all above the law and out of PLAGIARISM PRISON.


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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

What Liz and Bill Spear said!  I think we've all been through high school & should know better.  Write your own stuff, or go away.

Jul 28, 2015 07:52 AM #34
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Actually it could cost you some real good old American Dollars.  I have now registered hundreds of my photos with the copyright office.  And I have a great attorney.

Jul 28, 2015 08:03 AM #35
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Bob, I used to have a program running to pick up on plagiarized material of mine on the Web. It really got to tiring to keep up with, and 90% of the folks gave me credit if they borrowed something without permission. So, I just gave up and stopped worrying about it. Once in a while I'll catch one using my material without permission, but even then I usually drop and email and ask them to remove it or credit it.

Jul 28, 2015 08:28 AM #36
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

I am in a photographers club and I know the big issue is copyright. Many have given up the idea of going after someone who steals their photo from their website because it takes too much time that could be spent on other things. If there are photos they are protective of, they either don't post on the internet or they watermark them. Watermarking is one way to solve the issue. I used to watermark mine but I've since changed that practice because the mark takes away from the photo, in my opinion. I tag the photo and that seems to work fine.

If someone doesn't want the possibility of a photo of theirs used they should do what Tammy Lankford does and pay to register them with the copyright office. 

There are many online news sites that cut and paste entire articles and often I find it difficult who the original source was because it looks like it is being passed off as if they wrote it. I would think that is plagiarism. If bloggers are cutting and pasting entire articles I would also think as others have commented that is going to water down this platform. Cutting and pasting truly is not blogging. Blogging is sharing something of yourself in your blog, it's personal. For new bloggers that can be scary, and so resort to cutting and pasting. Just have to take the pain of writing your own words if you want to grow as a blogger, in my opinion.

Jul 28, 2015 08:35 AM #37
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I've never understood people who thought that "...but I found it on the Internet" was a valid defense. I'm glad that AR has always taken plagiarism very seriously.

Jul 28, 2015 09:01 AM #38
Thomas F. Scanlon
Borgida & Company P. C., CPA's - Manchester, CT

Bob Crane - Well done. Just follow the rules of the road and it's all good.



Jul 28, 2015 10:47 AM #39
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Of course there will always be someone who is clueless out there. Great that you posted this to warn them. I recently had some branded photos stolen and the thief was still clueless why it would matter. I was called a few nasty names for complaining. I was trying to be nice and the broker intervened, but it could have become quite ugly. 

Jul 28, 2015 12:26 PM #40
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Starting here will only help these people maybe stay our of REAL trouble out in the real world.

Jul 28, 2015 12:46 PM #41
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Great post Bob, stealing is never nice or in great taste!

Jul 28, 2015 12:58 PM #42
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Copying, aka cutting and pasting, has been a no-no since I was in school (and since I'm in my mid-50s, that was a while ago). Permission is needed to use someone else's material, and attribution as well.

Jul 28, 2015 08:26 PM #43
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Bob.  Great blog.  Lenn Harley has been a great source of information about copy right laws.

Jul 28, 2015 08:50 PM #44
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Interesting to note that this all began when Adam copied Eve on apple eating

Jul 29, 2015 12:52 AM #45
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Great post Bob Crane .  I have to respectively disagree, though on ONE point.  Stealing isn't "ALWAYS BAD", as you stated.  There is certainly no harm in "stealing a glance" at a good looking guy, as he walks by in some tight jeans... especially if he is a cowboy!

Jul 29, 2015 12:57 AM #46
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Bob Crane A lot of discussion here on the subject. A reminder is always in order.

Jul 29, 2015 02:13 AM #47
Kate McQueen
CB&A Realtors - Cypress, TX
Tailored service for your real estate needs!

Excellent post and a topic that needs more discussion here on Active Rain.  

My immediate thought on plagiarists is that if they need to copy someone's work, they are lazy, insincere, dishonest, and not capable of doing what the plagiarized work might claim they can do.

There's a practice among political bloggers (many of them fake news sites) that openly share content, no copywriting infringement considered.  It becomes difficult to determine where the original content came from.  It's a ridiculous practice and I hope that Google will start penalizing those bloggers with zero rank.  However, they get the clicks by posting on social media.  People read these ridiculous headlines, click, believe everything they've just read, and share. Come on, Google!  Help us out with this and stuff these posts into nowhere land!

Jul 29, 2015 02:27 AM #48
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Bob Crane I love the movie TOMBSTONE which is where your picture above came from. Is it royalty free? How does one know if you can use a picture from a movie scene being each frame is not going to have copyright stamped on it. (having taken a 2nd look I see it's not from the movie but may have been taken from the set)

Jul 29, 2015 06:25 AM #49
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

hey Bob "RealMan" Timm , good point, yes it is royalty free, notice that I gave a credit to the source at the bottom of the post.


Jul 29, 2015 06:35 AM #50
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I can almost instantly spot a copied post. They are well laid out and have a certain font and look. Many are under the impression that if they give the source/attribution that is permission enough, NOT!

I had reblogged a great post by one of our AR members several years ago. I set it to go public. The system stripped the part about it being a reblog and made it look like it was my writng. One of her staff members was trolling the web and found her content under my name and asked me to remove it, it was hurting her rankings. I had done everything right, it was not my fault the system failed but I did remove it. Now I am super careful about reblogs and will make sure this wil not happen again. The copiers are hurting all of us in the rankings and don't even realize it. I am glad action is being taken. Our newbies are big offenders and probably don't know the rules and realize the liability.

Jul 29, 2015 11:42 PM #51
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

It's been quite a while since I've known that (plagarism) to happen in the rain (mostly because I've been out of the rain).  But I remember when it was a frequent issue and I hope it's not resurfacing.

Aug 01, 2015 02:29 AM #52
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Credit where credit is due! always the best policy.... you have to wonder if a person will steal photos or words how much can you trust them in other areas?  Great Post! thank you!

Aug 02, 2015 06:34 PM #53
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