What Plagiarism Looks Like

Well, it happened again. I received an email from a friend about someone who has copied some of my stuff. Over the years, people have copied my text, photos (which is why every photo I post now has a watermark), and even my anecdotes. More than twenty-five times. I’ve always taken the high road, emailing them and explaining that:

  1. I write these things myself and don’t appreciate them being plagiarized.
  2. I won’t threaten them with toothless “legal action”.
  3. But they should take it down or attribute it to me because it’s the right thing to do.

But frankly, I’m tired of the effort of the high road. I’ve been thinking about how to handle it all day today, and I think my best idea is to post it. Post my original, as well as what I think has been copied, and let the readers sort it out.

Irony? This person’s site has two separate copyright statements on their blog. Irony indeed.

Here’s a link to their page, posted May 1st, 2012:


And here’s a link the page from this blog, posted January 3rd, 2009:

        – http://blog.jackmtn.com/seven-points-for-beginning-bushcraft/

I’ve never corresponded, met, or heard of this person until now, but I’ve got a pretty good idea where they came up with the ideas for their 7 points.

Also the quotation from Mors Kochanski was something he said while he was visiting in the fall of 2007.  It wasn’t published, except for in our student handbook (page 4), but wasn’t copied correctly by the site in question. If they’re going to plagiarize, at least get it right! What that original quotation actually says:

This is not wilderness survival. It’s fundamental knowledge of what it means to be an educated human.

What do you think? You be the judge. I’m just annoyed.

Note to bloggers; I’ve got no problem if you want to reproduce something I’ve written. A while back I even changed my copyright from an “all rights reserved” to a “creative commons” for this reason. If you want to use something I’ve written, please do so. Just attribute and link it back to me. You don’t even need to ask. Just don’t take my ideas and words and pass them off as your own. That’s not cool.

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