My first case of plagiarism….

May 19, 2007 — 5 Comments

Actually my second because some douche from Dartmouth stole the exact format of my Tucker Max article. (Compare the two here and here)

Anyways, this guy (who I won’t link to here, but I’ll show you if you email) took myFight Club Moments post and tried to pass it off as his own. He even changed the part about Rudius Media to “As I learned from my time in the Navy…” And then later he topped the whole thing off by stealing a post from Robert Greene and then another one from me.

Of course I want to freak out and get pissed, but aside from emailing him, I don’t think I will. Although I can’t come close to grasping the lack of self-respect it takes claim another’s work as your own. I mean, cheating on a test is one thing, but to pretend, with little incentive, to own credit on a creative work you had nothing to do with is low and lame.

Here’s the advice I got from Tucker last time and if I was smart enough to come up with something better, I would.

“Dude, welcome to the creative arts. This is life. Plagiarism happens, and you aren’t a big enough or good enough writer yet to have enough weight to stop it on your end. Life isn’t alway fair Just keep writing good stuff and get big enough that next time, you do.”

Related: If you’re dealing with plagiarism, this is a good site to help guide you through legal action.

Ryan Holiday

I'm a strategist for bestselling authors and billion dollar brands like American Apparel, Tucker Max and Robert Greene. My work has been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube and Google and has been written about in AdAge, the New York Times, Gawker and Fast Company.

5 responses to My first case of plagiarism….

  1. The same thing happened to me a little while back, but I got a little bit more pissed about it. Looking back, your course of action is much more reasonable and mature than my blatant overreaction. Have you had any reply from your emails to the idiot in question?

  2. That’s pretty shitty, especially because yours had legitimate business issues at stake. And believe me, getting pissed is what I did last time, so much so that Tucker’s first response was to laugh at me and say “young people are funny.”

    Anyways, yeah I just heard back from the guy, I’ll post it later today. I’m not sure if I buy it.

  3. Post it. Better to be open about such things if you have nothing to hide. Only thing you owe him (maybe) is to redact the email address.

    Good thing I can’t reed and right good enough to get my work copied.

  4. i saw a montreal comedian use of my bits word for word on a cable tv show. i was pleased because it got the most laughs out of all of his material.

    hacks are everywhere. if they are hacking you it means that you are good.

    personally i would email him and tell him that i am going to hunt him down and ravage him with an elephants tusk but that’s just me.

  5. Lorelle’s site is awesome. Thank you for this information. Definitely a good resource for ANYONE dealing with plagiarism.

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