Letter to a plagiariser…
I’m flattered that you found my post interesting.
It took me a while to process the conference about which I wrote in that post, as there was so much to take away. I find that blogging helps me unpack the big ideas, don’t you? The process of thinking and writing, rethinking and rewriting, helps me distil the essence and express it clearly and concisely. It’s rewarding to know that others appreciate my posts and it’s great when people comment, whether they agree with or challenge me. It’s pleasing to see my ideas shared and even re-blogged by other bloggers, adding their critiques or commentaries. I love the way social media affords the sharing and growing of ideas.
It was by chance that I came across your version of my post. At first I thought you had simply copied mine without acknowledgement. Then I noticed that you had in fact made a few tweaks, changed the title, removed the links back to my blog and passed the post off as your own.
Many people think what’s on the internet is free for the taking. It’s an easy mistake to make if you’re unaware of copyright. So I left you a comment explaining that my blog is licensed under Creative Commons, and that anyone is free to use and adapt my posts as long as there is attribution. I thought you’d simply realise your error and add the acknowledgement to your post, with a link back to mine. Instead you removed the post entirely. I wonder why.
Don’t worry about my cartoon, which you’ve used in another post. But do add a link to where you found it…
PS Don’t you think, as educators, we need to model what we expect of our students?
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