The Power of Blogging
About a month ago, I wrote a post about a so-called design blog stealing entire tutorial posts from other design blogs, hoping that more people will be aware of this culprit…hoping that those who are subscribed to their blog would unsubscribe.
Soon after my post about the culprit, Medhley blog started using excerpts with links to the original tutorial posts instead of stealing them by copying and pasting the entire posts including pictures. I have no idea if Medhley even knows that I wrote a post on my blog about their stealing. I don’t even know how many people have read my post but all I know is that Medhley has stopped stealing soon after I wrote about them on my blog.
On April 29, 2011, I noticed that Medhley stole another tutorial post. This time, they changed a few words here and there and used images that they saved from the original tutorial post to theirs instead of hotlinking them. Well, I guess this is a little improvement but this is still stealing and “plagiarism in the digital age”!
This time, I stepped up by writing a message to Psdtuts+ about Medhley stealing their original tutorial post. I’m not sure whether or not Psdtuts+ got my message because I haven’t heard anything back from them. However, I noticed that Medhley has stopped stealing again since I sent the message to Psdtuts+.
Many people think of plagiarism as copying another’s work, or borrowing someone else’s original ideas. But terms like “copying” and “borrowing” can disguise the seriousness of the offense.
I know that it takes a lot of time to write any kind of design tutorial and it’s absolutely wrong when one steals someone else’s original tutorial post and gets credits that they do not deserve!