Someone recently pointed out that I have been writing a lot of philosophy on blog. The reason is simple - I don't have to think and write when I am writing faltu gyaan on the blog. It just comes naturally. Now isn't this a good term? This better be the header of this post and new label from now. I be a genius.
I have been writing same kind of stuff or taking part in contests. No I don't have any reason for doing so. I write whatever I feel like writing. At times I express what I feel about certain things under contests/reviews hood. But you have got to be smart enough to understand that.
Yes, no philosophy or personal post. This will be a general post. Something I used to write in those early days of blogging. Those times when I travelled, I looked at everything from a blog's subject point of view. People to things to surroundings - everything was worth writing about. I used to blog about whatever I observed. I used to observe to write.
Then time changed. Blog became more of a personal space. And I started writing about my thoughts. Observations still continued to happen as it had by then become a habit. But this blog became more of a ranting zone. So I decided to write a general post today, which has become a kind of philosophical too. Rather a ranting one.
So the topic is - plagiarism. I have been reading a lot about it everywhere. Blog posts are copied, tweets are copied, photos are used by people without permission or giving credit to the original photographer, designers copy the outfit designs, softwares and movies are pirated and what not.
I have even written about copyright laws in one of my previous posts. I had mentioned the legal provisions regarding that and what protection the author had. But I am surprised about one thing. I know stealing is not a right thing to do, but unless you are going to make money out of it or someone else is making money out of it, making it a life and death issue is foolish. Yes my posts have been copied too and I asked them to give me credit at least or remove them from their site. They removed the posts. That's it.
At times some lines, some status messages get copied too. I have received some things written by me as an sms. And I take that as a compliment. It was anyway a line. I was not going to use it anywhere. Some people copied it, some took the pain of sending them as sms forwards and tada. I am happy even if it doesn't have my name at the end of it.
When I was in school, I had written a poem for school magazine. It later on came on a very popular website then - bluemountain.com. It didn't even have my name, but that was the happiest moment of my life - to see my poem being published on a popular website. Internet was new then, and kind of not too common. So it WAS a huge deal.
Plagiarism is wrong, but you will have to face it. If you are too sentimental about your work, publish it in a private blog and be happy. Neither it will be read nor stolen. Yes I like to give faltu gyaan for free.