Sunday, July 20, 2008

BEFORE YOU THINK ABOUT PLAGIARIZING......


......remember, that I will call you out. And I am crazy.

Returning home to emails telling me of people on the Internet who have been xeroxing my words from my AWAKENING post, as their own was not a very pleasing, "welcome back to the Internet world!"

My farewell from NYC was sad....and cut short due to flying standby (which blows, btw.) I managed to eat more than one cupcake, and pack up six months worth of stuff and carry it all down 6 FLIGHTS of stairs, and by carry I mean....I almost died 25 times while throwing 75 pound bags down 6 flights of steep stairs. I managed to only FALL down the stairs a total of 2 times. AND, I didn't break any ankles, instead I just broke the handle of my suitcase at flight number 4. Which made things extra interesting. This is also where I proceeded to BAWL and say, out loud, "WHYYYY GOD, WHYYY AM I SINGLE???!!! This is where boyfriends helllpppp...WAAAAAAAA"

Oh, yeah. I expect someone to write that into their next romantic comedy, then insert a "meet cute" where at that exact moment, a dashing man turns the corner and offers to help with her bags. Obviously, they go on to get engaged and have a series of bickering fights and perfect comedic timing, that ends at 2 hours and 15 minutes in a extravagant wedding with a Dana Glover song playing in the background.

That didn't happen to me, since, I live in real life.

So I'm back and here's to you plagiarizer, don't ever, ever do it again:

Oh Mia, Mia,

Needless to say I was NOT in the least bit happy when I received an email yesterday notifying me of being PLAGIARIZED. ah......Sure, maybe I should be flattered? That someone would take, literally, WORD FOR WORD, my thoughts, my ideas, my opinions and claim them as their own. Then I realized that I wasn't flattered but just sad for you, that you aren't proud of your OWN words, your OWN thoughts, etc enough to share them.

You didn't simply take an idea, but my exact WORDS. EXACT. Other than the fact that it is completely morally WRONG, I find it particularly disappointing because writing is MY LIFE. It's how I make my living and it's how I express myself, so for someone to blatantly take my livelihood and share it with their friends to seem original, it quite disappointing.

Obviously you aren't new to this, since LoraLee tipped me off and the sad part is, had she not, I would have never known....and you would have continued. Shame on you Mia. I expect an apology and a retraction and if you fail to do so, I have absolutely no problem handling this legally.

I hope that from this you have learned to trust your OWN words and your own voice. After all, I can't imagine it feels good to xerox someone else's mind and claim it as your own, because you know the truth.

-Chelsea Talks Smack




32 comments:

distractedspunk said...

Hey! That girl did the exact same thing to me! She took something I wrote (a prose poem) and kept some of the lines the same and minutely changed the others. It was called "Inspired by DS," but made no reference to the fact that she more or less copy and pasted the entire thing!

I contacted her, but she then blocked me from her page. It was awesome.

I hate plagiarism. Especially when other people are given credit for something I wrote!

(End rant.)

teabelly said...

I've read about this happening to other people and I just don't understand it. It makes no sense to me. Why even have a blog if you're not going to write it yourself? What do they get out of it anyway?

I'm sorry this has happened and I hope the person apologises or that you get some kind of closure from it. Hopefully they won't do it again.

moxie said...

How very rude. I'd try to take it as a compliment I guess--shitty to sub-pay writers don't ever get plagiarized. ;-)

should we egg her house?

nicoleantoinette said...

Ugh, that fucking sucks.

pbandrazz said...

who are these people? seriously, write your own shit.

and i have totally had that same "why am i single?" feeling in times of stress when having a boyfriend would really help.

Princess Pointful said...

It is weird to think that some good comments from your readers (on work that you can't even take credit for) are worth all those bad, bad karma points.

notthelifeiordered said...

Oh my gosh, that girl did the same thing to DS! W.T.F. This girl has no creative talent that she has to steal other people's creative genius.

This pisses me off. A lot.

Meeks said...

What a whore! I can only imagine how violated and enraged you must feel. I want to kick her in the shins.
And I had the same boy-breakdown over bugs. And my car. And the lack of sex. (Wait, who said that...)

kilax said...

You know what this means - you've made it big as a blogger :-P

bijougirl said...

Yikes-oh-rama!

Please don't tell me I have to copyright my insanely cool sayings like yikes-oh-rama? Not cool Ms. Mia whomever you are.

Jaclyn

Melissa said...

That is shit. My former editor once plagarized part of a story I'd written - word for word in his column. As writer's we all sometimes struggle with finding the perfect sentence but for frick's sake don't steal another writer's words!

Raz said...

I hate plagerism too. Sadly, though, I've never been clever enough to steal other people's clever stuff. I just write my own crap... Damnit.

Summer said...

You should Judo chop her in the throat... :)

Alexandreena said...

That sucks! I would karate chop her in the neck. Or throw my spikiest stiletto at her!

Boo!

just me said...

lay the smack down, mama.

Take her OUT.

raych said...

i say throw a shoe, because "honestly, who throws a shoe?"

Michael said...

That really sucks. I totally sympathize with the lack of significant other thing. Hey, if you did have one, you could sic him on the plagiarizers!

Dolce said...

This chick needs to be kicked in the chin. I understand we all read each other's post which may in turn inspire us to write on issues similar to others in the blogging world, but to take someone's post and copy and paste it onto their own site and claim it as their own is wrong. Very, Very Wrong.

Mel Heth said...

It's particularly interesting that she stole that post...doesn't that go against Eckhart's teachings? Wasn't she feeding her ego by getting praise or recognition from someone else's work? Oh, the irony...

Katelin said...

wow i can't believe there are such lame people that keep plagiarizing stuff. gah. at least you called her out on it.

well-intentioned heartbreaker said...

ugh. seriously? people fucking suck sometimes.

Tipp said...

Get her girl!

Marie said...

I say take her down if you can. Need help? Let us know.

Kim said...

OOHH! Not cool, at all!

I hope she's reading this, I hope she feels like the scum that was on the bottom of my heel this morning walking to work (ew, btw)

:-)I think we should all rally to have her site shut down.

Jenn said...

Plagiarizers are ridiculous. There's no point in claiming something as your own. Especially when it's very easy for the author to find out if their stuff is being used. Boo to them!

On a happier note, the picture you included is awesome!

Mike said...

Even though there's no copywrite notice on this site, I believe your work is still protected under the creative commons liscence.

Good luck with the stupid twat head.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

hahah well thank you to everyone for adding in their words of disapproval to her....she has since taken down her site... I'm sure to only start up a "new one" somewhere else, where she can plagiarize "anonymously." BOO.

Morgan said...

I'm so sorry that you were plagiarized! But can I just say that I love that you referenced Dana Glover!! LOL You're awesome.

Hillary said...

Ugh. I read about this on Loralee's site last week. So fucking gross. Good on you for calling her out.

redstaplernation said...

DS, who is this person? Post the URL!

Kris at "Not Yet a Wino" had he stuff nicked for someone's personal ad on effing Craigslist! I suppose this validates you guys as writers, but I can't imagine how irritating that must be.

It's almost no wonder the AP has its knickers in a twist about people posting their stuff on blogs.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Oh yeah, I love Dana Glover. lol

Mel said...

Fuck her!!! she has no life that's why she is using other peoples blogs.

 
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