Over the past few years there have been a few high profile cases within the SQL Community about Plagiarism. When I read those blog posts and the numerous tweets about them I never thought it would happen to me. Why, well to be honest my blog does not get that may hits and I have less than 100 posts not to mention; some of them are related to that database that starts with an “O”. Apparently that has no bearing though.
2 weeks ago I was working on one of my servers, trouble shooting an error that seemed familiar but different if you know what I mean. Using my trusty backup DBA I searched the intertubes http://bit.ly/HggKvD finding several posts one of them mine. Sweet! I love it when that happens.
As it turns out there were two others. One was not related to what I was doing and not like my post. The second post piqued my interest. Not because it was a good article quite the contrary. When reading it, it sounded very similar. In fact it was so similar to my post I started to investigate further. After further investigation and confirmation through another independent source, it appears they took my article and claimed it as their own. Granted it was a little different, but even with the bad grammar and misspelled words the overall concept and content was mine.
So I tried to contact the person through their blog the same day and I later found out the independent source did as well. Yes, you guessed it. No response. A few days went by and I contacted the website/blog owner quoting their Copyright page,
“If any article published on this blog violates copyright please contact me, I will remove it right away.”
After several days I was contacted by the website “founder”
“I Have forwarded below mail to name_withheld for his action.”
Now granted, neither my site or content actually has copyright restrictions on it but it is my content and fundamentally wrong to steal take it without providing attribution. Especially if asked twice to removed it or give proper credit. Oh, and your answer should not be something like this.
“I respect your concern and opinion.
The blog should match somewhere in order to give credit to you..
However, errors are always same, which are standard in sql server.
If you have any concern on duplicacy. please provide artefact/lines matching with your blog. I will re-work on those.”
Now, I may be wrong about this but if you take content from me, or anyone else for that matter, it is not for me (us) to tell you what is “duplicacy” or “lines matching”. It is up to you to take it down or give proper credit. It is plain and simple and not complicated. However, it is a blatant disregard towards others in the community.
I will not use names here. I will however provide the links to my post and the other persons post as well as the main site. If you feel I am correct in my thoughts within this post please send them a note from the community and let them know what you think.
Hopefully this will enlighten others to the issue and make them realize they are not helping the community by their actions. We are a forgiving community as seen in the past, but the first steps must be taken by others.
This post was written on 4/6/2012, before posting it publicly I sent a copy to the offending parties giving them one last chance fix mend the issue. Their responses are below, but since this post is now public. You can guess what was done or not done.
My response and some history and names and email addresses now added:
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2012 9:18 AM
To: “Amit Vaid” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Blog Post
delete your post
From: “Amit Vaid” <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2012 9:14 AM
Subject: Re: Blog Post
Please let me know next action on this now..I want to close this asap.
On 4/2/12, ajmendo wrote:
> It is unfortunate you take this stand. I have respectfully asked you twice
> to fix the issue. You leave me no choice but to take action against you and
> your hosting website and publically name you as a plagiarist and them for
> supporting you.
> I can assure you. This is severely frowned upon in the SQL Community.
> Regards,AJ Mendo
> From: “Amit Vaid”
> Sent: Monday, April 02, 2012 12:06 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Blog Post
> hi AJ Mendo,
> I respect your concern and opinion.
> The blog should match somewhere in order to give credit to you..
> However, errors are always same, which are standard in sql server.
> If you have any concern on duplicacy. please provide artefact/lines
> matching with your blog. I will re-work on those.
> On 4/1/12, ajmendo wrote:
>> Mr. Amit Viad,
>> I do not see any changes.
>> I requested one of two very simple things be done.
>> 1. Take down the post.
>> 2. Give me credit for writing the original post.
>> You took the information I wrote and posted it so others think you wrote
>> That is considered stealing. Within the “SQL Server Community” that is
>> frowned upon greatly. People, their blogs and hosting web sites have
>> blacklisted for this in the past. It is very simple and is taking way
>> long to have this fixed.
>> From: “Amit Vaid”
>> Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2012 2:06 AM
>> To: “ajmendo”
>> Subject: Re: Blog Post
>> Hi AJ Mendo,
>> We have made some correction. let me know if you are ok with this..
>> However, you are invited as author to our blog and share your articles
>> if you want.
>> much obliged.
>> amit vaid
>> On 4/1/12, Vivek Shankar wrote:
>>> ———- Forwarded message ———-
>>> From: ajmendo
>>> Date: Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 4:25 PM
>>> Subject: Blog Post
>>> To: email@example.com
>>> I tried contacting Amit Vaid via his comment section on Friday (3/23)
>>> last week in reference to the following blog post he did in July 2011.
>>> He clearly used information from a post I wrote in December of 2010
>>> months prior to his post in July 2011
>>> As you mention on your “Copy Write” page either remove the blog post
>>> entirely or have Amit Vaid give me proper attribution (credit) for writing
>>> the post.
>>> Thank you in advance for your timely action.
>>> AJ Mendo
>>> AJ Mendo | @SQLAJ