Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Thief

update: Just got an e-mail, Helium.com has removed the plagarized post and banned Karter Sperry. Less than 24 hours, very good Helium.

I am so angry. I write on here to try and help others and to help myself. It irritates me when I found that someone has stolen my work and it using it to make money for themselves.

Yesterday I was searching the internet and found an article written by a Karter Sperry on Helium.com. Helium is a site where writers can published their work and get paid for their writing based upon the number of stars they receive. Mr. or Ms. Sperry plagiarized my letter to my son and published it as their own work. The stolen work can be found here: http://m.www.helium.com/items/1810574-addiction-and-recovery .

He copied my work from this blog location here: http://parentsofanaddict.blogspot.com/2010/03/message-to-my-son-or-any-other-addict.html

It is shameful when someone will steal your writings and make money from them. Even with a copyright notice you must be vigilant. You may want to check your writings also. The way I found this is to copy a paragraph of your article and go to plaragrism checker such as: http://www.dustball.com/cs/plagiarism.checker/ enter the copy paragraph and look for links.

I have no problem and it actually warms my heart when fellow bloggers use words from my blog to help others and I haven't found a single blogger that didn't credit "Dad and Mom". But Mr.or Ms. Sperry angers me!

14 comments:

Shen said...

I am absolutely sick to read this. How awful. Have you contacted the website?

I came by to ask if you would like to post one of your excellent articles to a blog carnival. I'll ask again when you are not so upset.

Dad and Mom said...

What is blog carnival?

Barbara said...

No @#$%! It angers me too! I am going to go over there and comment and raise a stink over it and call him a plagiarizer. The same thing happened to me years ago when I did a post on why Led Zeppelin was the greatest rock band of all time - several people that I didn't know took credit for it.

Ron - blog carnivals are legit and a good way to spread your message, get new readers and meet new bloggers. I've written for some on a different topic.

Her Big Sad said...

That's pure BS!! Call him on it! In other words, leave a comment with a link to your original post and call him the thief that he is, in the comment. Also, contact the folks who run Helium and direct them to this post which spells it out plainly!

Have a great day today ANYWAY!! Hugs!

Her Big Sad said...

*pout* I can't seem to leave a comment - it alludes to it being a dead page. Hope Barbara can figure it out! Perhaps emailing the Helium folks would be a start.

Dad and Mom said...

I have e-mailed helium. Plus I posted Letter To My Son article on The Partnership website too. I e-mailed my contact at The Partnership and they are investigating copyright violations and following up on this too.

Annette said...

Well it looks like helium took it down. I clicked the link and it said the page can't be found. Do the ways to rip people off ever end? Apparently not. You are so diligent though! Wow, I am impressed. It wouldn't even occur to me to check something like that.

Fractalmom said...

sorry that happened and kudos to helium for acting so quickly!!! and that plagiarism checker page is AWESOME !!!

CC (Mumsicles) said...

Dad and Mom, what a compliment, in a back-handed sort of way. Clearly, your messages speak. They speak to me. Thank you for being service-oriented in the midst of your pain. Thank you for being an encouragement to me.

Addiction--Mom trying to Detach with Love said...

That is BS and makes me super mad!! I am glad you found it and were able to take care of it. Shame on Karter Sperry!!

Syd said...

I'm glad that you caught it. I would not think to check on such a thing.

Heather's Mom said...

This guy must have broke his moral compass. I think you learn in 4th grade about plagiarism...
I'm glad Hellium took it down - maybe they will put it back up with PROPER credit given... and payment???
God bless.

Tori said...

So glad you caught it too. I don't know why people would do that. You are doing something amazing and I hope you know how many of us appreciate the time you have put in your writing. I read a lot of your writings yesterday after you emailed me. That letter prompted me to write one to my son. I am actually looking forward to giving it to him. Don't worry I didn't copy and paste it! :) But I loved some of the examples and words you used. Thank you for all you do for us.

parentofanaddictcdcb said...

Unbelievable what some people will do. I'm glad that this was found out and hopefully there will be consequences for this person.