Friday, 3 October 2014
I've Been Plagiarised!
UPDATE: The offending blog post has been removed from the hitting on a double 1 blog. Presumably due to either this post or some of the messages left on that post. No apolagy has yet been received.
I'm annoyed, very annoyed, a couple of days ago I posted a post on the new Mars Attacks miniatures from Mantic Games. This has been a popular post and has generated a lot of hits in a small space of time, and too be honest I was quite pleased with it as a post. Please take a minute to read it here.
Now take a second to head over to Hitting on a double 1 and read Carl Packham's post on the same subject posted a day after mine.
He's changed some of the wording and added a few bits of his own, and at least has had the decency to take his own photos, but as I read it was still clearly my post that I was reading.
Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original work. (definition from Wikipedia).
Which is what I feel has been done here, it's the sort of thing you get when a 14 year old copies his mates English homework and I don't think it's acceptable.
My post 'The minis come in three colours, red for the heroes, tan for the US army and green for the Martians, again a good idea as not everyone will paint their minis and this looks better than them all being grey'
His post 'The miniatures come in three colours, red for the heroes, tan for the US army and Turquoise for the Martians (But with the Martian Hero in Red) again a good idea as not everyone will paint their minis and this looks better than them all the same nondescript colour'
My post 'The first thing to note is that a lot of the minis suffer from what I call 'floppy weapon syndrome' as can be seen in the top photo above. However I can also report that this is easily fixed by dipping the minis in a cup of hot water.'
His post 'Typically with the minis being soft! they suffer from the 'floppy weapon syndrome' as can be seen in the photo right showing the Heroes. This can be easily though by the hot water method, a few of the bases will need this treatment as well as they are slightly warped.'
My post 'The minis are in true 28mm scale, rather than the 'heroic' scale favoured by many manufacturers'
His post 'Sculpts are fairly good and they are true 28mm scale, rather than the 'heroic' scale favoured by many manufacturers'
My post 'There are of course mould lines, but these are no worse than on any hard plastic minis and a damn sight better than those on Mantics restic minis'
His post 'The ubiquitous Mantic mould lines are evident, but no worse than on any hard plastic minis and a damn bloody sight better than those on the restic stuff.'
My post 'There has been some talk on the internet about the undercuts on the Martian grunts, well they exist, at least it exists on one sculpt. Each pack of 10 Martians comes with one of the ones on the right in the pic above, which does have a ghastly undercut'
His post 'There has been some talk on the internet about the undercuts on the Martian grunts, well they exist, at least it exists on one sculpt. Each pack of 10 Martians comes with one of the ones at the front in the pic right, which does have a bad undercut'
It's not just the wording either, the structure of the two posts are so similar as that can't be coincidence.
Thank you if you bothered to read all this.
I'd really like some thoughts on this. Am I overacting? Should he have credited me at least? Are 'derivative' works like this fine? I put a lot of effort into my blog and having it taken like this just makes me feel angry is that right?