It shocked me the other day when Mumsgather‘s blog was boldly plagiarised by another mother with a small daughter.Â This other woman took what MG wrote and boldly pasted it on her blog as her own.Â Freaky, I tell you.Â To me, it is like the movie ‘Single, white female’ where the tenant tried to copycat the image of her landlady.Â Â Wearing her lingeries and trying to seduce her boyfriend.
It beats me why a person wants to do that?Â Is it to improve the image of her own blog?Â Is it because what MG wrote strikes every chords in the copycat’s mind and soul that she just had to ‘adopt’ it?Â I still can’t figure out.
The same thing had happened to Minishorts before.Â And both times, it is one woman copying another woman’s thoughts.Â And also Simon got it before too.Â But his was more on ‘technical’ matters.Â So did Doc but that was from a diehard fan.
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You may also want to place a little banner or button on your site to warn potential plagiarisers not to take your materials.Â Just pick up one of them, save image, upload to your own server/free image hosting and link it.
Just to clear matters a bit, it is ok to copy and paste some materials you like from other webpages but credit and link must be given.Â Copying the whole thing, masking it like it is your own private thoughts is going to give you bad karma for 77 generations (according to 5xmom).Â Remember, don’t steal.Â Â Â Your momma is not going to be proud of you.