Does this anger anyone else?

United States
April 2, 2007 2:34pm CST
I wanted to share my favorite poem with someone... I couldn't remember the name of it, so I typed in lines from the poem to find it. I found 5 people on the front page that were claiming - out writing saying "I wrote this" and they were lying! The poem is called Midsummer by Sydney King Russell. It was written decades ago. It really makes me angry. People do it all the time and think they can get away with it. They take credit for stuff they didn't write. This is why I won't put my writing out on the internet. I wish I knew who to report these people too. It's like stealing in my opinion. Has anyone else noticed? Has anyone ever stolen your work?
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17 responses
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
Well plagiarism is a federal offense.. if that poem has proper copyright. the plagiarist could be liable for that.
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• United States
2 Apr 07
Yes, I know how that all works - but who do I tell?
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I have seen that happen and not just on the internet. It's a shame that it does. I have a few poems up on my site but not much really. I just don't want to risk others trying to take credit for them. I may not be a great writer or anything but they are my work and that's what's important. You can try complaining to their hosting company, letting them know they are breaking copyright but other then that I'm not really sure what can be done.
• United States
3 Apr 07
I know plenty of people who have posted their stories on the internet, just to have someone else take it, change the names of the characters, and a word here or there, and claim it as their own. When confronted, the person usually insists that it's their story. It's especially hard when it's just copied from another site, and the story hasn't been published in any hard copy way. But with something like this...were they just claiming to have written it, or did they have it somewhere with their name on it? I was just wondering, because you said you only posted a couple of lines from it.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
oh, wait, never mind, I see what you mean. When you searched for it, you found sites where people claimed to have written it. I'm not sure where you'd go to report it, but you should definitely try to find out. And did you try emailing the people who posted it saying they wrote it? Sometimes, if people know that other people know they didn't write it, they'll take it down. That's how my friend got the person who took her story to take it down...a bunch of people emailed, and commented on the site, saying it wasn't hers.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
I couldn't email some of them but there was a place to leave comments on some of their blogs and I called them out on it there - giving the real authers name, and the date he wrote it, etc. They'll probably just delete the comment.
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@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Internet crimes department I think. For reporting people who're violating copyright on the web. No one's stolen anything of mine yet..because I clearly warn them: "If I find out you've stolen anything of mine, and trust me I WILL, I'll report your sorry butt for copyright infringement!" People can be jerks sometimes.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
Your local police should have an internet crimes department..pretty much all police have them now. You can call them or if they have a website (which mos do now) you can go there and contact them. I've gone there to report hackers before.
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@AnythngArt (3305)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I am guessing that it would be up to the poet or the estate of the poet to try and sue the persons that are using the poem as their own. Not many people would want to undertake legal action unless there was some money to be made from it (remember the Dan Brown cases?). It's really a shame that more people don't have any sense of ethics, but the Internet is like the Wild, Wild West. People will do anything to gain a little money or fame or whatever. Sad.
• United States
2 Apr 07
I wasn't planning on suing anyone... I just wanted to know if there is a site or an organization that handles this type of thing.
@KrauseHome (33806)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Unfortunately, this happens way more than you would ever really want to know. I used to have a Friend online that would claim Poems for her own sometimes that I was sure I had seen somewhere else. It is Sad that some people have to do this, and especially if they have been paid for their submissions without getting caught. I guess unless they are caught, it is really hard to do anything about it.
@eemee468 (446)
• Philippines
7 Apr 07
wow! that's so upseting.... made me regret on wanting to share it to others.. but i don't blame you.. it's me..if i were in your shoes.. i wouldn't have the guts to write again.. i would never even want to discuss anything about it.. it isn't copyrighted, it's not patented, i feel already defeated.. funny, yet i'll feel good inside that i have done something that others would like to have, though they're so upseting!!!!!..only the ones close to my heart can comfort me and make me feel like writting again..maybe i'll be needing a break!..a break that won't break me down, a break that would build me up, you know?..
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@Melody1 (968)
• India
3 Apr 07
I share the same feeling.Yes,it does make me angry.Theft of written material is known as plagiarism. While everyone of us quote other peoples articles etc.as and when situation arises,but in no case it should be passed as one's own.If putting a few lines in exact form,one must state the source or mention it as a quote. Gaining monetary benefit from someone else's written material should be strictly avoided. No I haven't yet found someone else using my writings posing to be their own. I don't know if it has happened. I can totally understand you and for the same reason,I too don't put my poems on the net,unless the site ensures to protect my copyright. A couple of poetry sites have published my poems but have always kept my copyright intact.
• Canada
3 Apr 07
I used to write poetry and I posted some of it on my old blog. Just last year I had a good friend of mine post a poem I recognised all too well on her blog - and claim she wrote it! I went mental, and I left a comment in full view of everyone "Either get my work off your blog or give me the proper credit for it!" She deleted the entire post but I never received an apology from her and we haven't spoken since then. I've more than learned my lesson, and yes it makes me angry. People may put hours of time into something only to have others claim that THEY wrote it. I find that it's good to ask them what their inspiration was, and watch them struggle to come up with an answer.
@tinam13 (840)
• United States
3 Apr 07
same here. i dont have the same story as u, but i wrote a poem and put it on myspace under my blog part and like a week later i went to read someone else's(an "old" friends) blog and they had the same one and said they "found it"....isnt that bullshit??....it made me so mad. she acted like she went and found it at some myspace sight and had nerve to go and put it on HER stuff. people are so stupid, and that just proves that there's a little bit of a lier in everyone.
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@diannebcrs (1549)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
i know, a lot of people just plagiarize and some even have the audacity to claim some classic work as their own and yes, it also infuriates me. i had a friend who bragged about her writing skills and she said she composed this poem but when we read the lines it actually belonged to some songs. she just cut some lines from one song, merged it with some lines from another. we were able to figure it out and i had a blast bursting her bubble. she never did it again. yep, someone claimed my work as theirs. i didn't mind though. i was flattered another person was fascinated by my work enough to claim it as his.
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• Canada
3 Apr 07
Well it's up to you to take up some actions but as far as I know, they'd just look silly & stupid claiming something that knowledgeable people know they didn't.
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3 Apr 07
Having only just plucked up the courage to actually put a piece of my own work onto MyLot, I would hate to see anyone claim it as their work. It does make me cross when people taking credit for other peoples work, whether it is writing, poetry or simply a discussion on here
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@Marie2473 (8523)
• Sweden
3 Apr 07
That really upsets me as well and actually it is a crime coz the poem is probably copywrited. I would never publish any of my own work, just because this might happen and i will not even be able to prove it then =)
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• India
3 Apr 07
ya it really sucks when someone claims our work to be theirs..this trend i seen every where be it in case of talents or at job..i don't understand what people gain after all by doing these..
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• India
3 Apr 07
It does anger me a ot to see tat happen and I can also say that its just not a problem with this blog as I have seen a lot of people lke this at other blogs as well. Its really sick of people to just bump in and start claiming stuff. Even if its your original and its never seen people will start claiming that they have either seen it with somebody else or else they themselves were the creator. Its really awfull. Anyways Take Care May GOD Bless YOU
@laowai (137)
• United States
2 Apr 07
It really is disgusting. I'm sick of seeing the lack of ethics in writing. I've been fortunate with my writing (or maybe people just don't understand my work enough to steal it). Anyway, I hope people like this are caught and made to pay for their terrible actions of copyright theft.
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