plagiarism vs. honouring

Vicki Robin (radiantly pictured here) is one of the most brilliant women I know. I was recently reminded of a brilliant article she wrote all about the increasing dynamic of plagiarism online and how we respond to it.

As Your Money or Your Life hits the bookstores and nearly the top 100 bestseller list on Amazon – and as I become more active in support of it (blogging, website, emails) – I’m visibly reemerging from my 5-year ‘sleep’ (to heal my body and life). More light is shining on me. Several times in the last month or so I’ve winced at how my words and work are being picked up by others. More than once something I considered “mine” – words, website, name even – is used by someone without request or attribution. Part of me wants to say, “Hey, wait a minute, that’s mine” and another part knows that no words or ideas are mine – they are just my unique re-mix of language and thought honed over thousands of years by my ancestors.

I pondered this. When is it wise to defend what is mine, and when is it wise to just let it go?

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  • Megmccready

    Thanks for sharing Vicki’s comments on plagiarism — a trend unlikely to go way, especially online. I don’t know the answer either, but I enjoyed following her thought processes.

  • LC

    T, I didn’t want to be a ‘windbag’ on your wall with my long comment but here it is.

    ‘Honour the source’ struck a chord with me. While personally, I am VERY
    careful to acknowledge any individual whose words of wisdom I bring to
    the attention of others, I’m offering this alternate perspective for
    consideration (and I’m not talking about deliberately swiping something
    word for word out of published material, we all know that’s going to hit
    the karmic bank account!).

    Vicki talks about being “an originator of many things”, “If I put my
    name on a combination of words and ideas, that makes them in some way
    part of my identity.”

    No individual here on this planet is the ‘source’ of anything. Our
    thoughts, creations and ideas are not stored behind an impenetrable
    firewall, hidden from all others until such time as we birth them into
    the public domain. We are all accessing the Universal mind and being
    guided to birth that which we are asked to create. Should we assume that
    no-one else has been guided to express similar concepts/phrases/ideas
    in similar ways? Should we assume the Universe isn’t asking anyone else
    to bring an idea to fruition on it’s behalf?

    In a nutshell, I’m simply suggesting we not ASSUME that something we
    find on another site has been lifted from us and ASSUME ourselves as
    owners of that which we create. Particularly if it is conceptual in
    nature.

    Are we still friends?

  • Givingtreebnb

    Thanks for sharing this post!