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Sunday, February 06, 2005
Today, unfortunately Mac had to help me prepare and send this letter to another blogger. I am going to put it here for all of my readers to see.
As you can probably see, she has pissed Mac off. Not wise. Not wise at all. His words coming from the mouth of '-evil-'? To quote Mac "Not fucking likely."
This was brought to my attention in an email I received from a third party that had followed links to the -pure-evil- site and after reading a number of entries that were similar to mine she left a comment stating that she thought I should be told about the similarities. By the time I had received the email, the blogspot blog had been removed. I did find a cache of it here and from that the blogger profile here and on those entries alone I can see three breaches of my copyright going back to October last year. If you check the profile, the entry made on the 27th of October 2004 begins:
My entry on the 26th of October starts:
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
-pure-'s entry for the 28th of October 2004 begins:
Busy -evil- (Not for the prudish)
And my entry for 27th of October 2004:
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
On the 20th of January 2005 on the cached page, I found an entry by -pure- that begins:
Thursday, January 20
My entry on the January 17th 2005 begins:
Monday, January 17, 2005
I think the saddest part of this for me was when Mac pointed out to me that -pure- had even copied the mistake I had made. Mac had said that I do not live in a 'debating society' and I had written that Mac told me I do not live in a 'debate society'. I chided Him for not correcting my mistake sooner and He said that He hadn't pointed it out to me before because it was a Sarah mistake, one of the little things that make Submissive Reflections a reflection of me. That just made this violation worse.
So why am I telling everyone about this? Because we cannot read every word written on the World Wide Web. We cannot be everywhere, but we can be aware that there are people out there that do this, that steal our writings and claim them as our own. I am not the first person it has happened to and I am sure I will not be the last. It could happen to any of the bloggers out there. It is theft. It is wrong, both morally and legally and the only way we can discourage it is to know it is out there and not tolerate it when we do become aware of it. This person obviously reads Submissive Reflections and I would like her to see that this will not go quietly. These are my memories, these are my expressions of them, when you copy them and claim my conversations as your own it does not enhance your relationship. It just makes you a liar as well as a thief.
UPDATE: -evil- has been in contact with me to both apologise and let me know that he was unaware of the theft, he thought the words were written as fantasies by his partner, -pure-. They now have things they need to work through themselves and while I will leave this post here to serve as a reminder that this is not an acceptable thing to do, I will ask that people do not send them any more emails.
The point was well made and I thank you all for your support.