Have you ever opened the morning newspaper and found that the photograph staring back at you looks strangely familiar, like a family member you have met often but perhaps not recently. Or find words on column 4, page 5, ring with a recognizable note, like a quotation from a famous piece of prose. As the sense of déjà vu fades, you realise that photograph, those words, are memorable because they are yours, created by you but printed without permission from you or any attribution to you. It’s a bit like finding your stolen belongings in a shop window, your shirt on someone else’s back.
It can get even more frustrating when you find out that the thief is making money out of your sweat and toil…and you know that you need to do something.
If you are a blogger you might find this happening so often that it can become a recurring nightmare! Well, this blog plans to become a platform for all those voices. A platform which has ambitions to reach out to editors of publications and tie-up with other similar blogs and websites. We want to take this fight from the blogosphere out into the world. And for this we need all the help we can get.
So, go ahead and contribute your experiences…all you have to do is write a short piece describing your experience with plagiarism. You also need to attach visuals of your work and the work which has been stolen so that it becomes easy to convince the particular editor of his wrong-doing.