Being a creative of any industry, whether it be Graphic design, Photography, Illustration, Writing or Cinematography you’re always going to come across someone else taking credit for your work or using it outright without your permission.
I’ve come across this with my own work for years ranging from my photo’s being used as album artwork without any permission, to national papers using our video work online without credit and to promote something we were completely against.
Well this week it’s happened again. Whilst googling some info about an upcoming drone release I spotted a title of a result that seemed somewhat familiar. I didn’t recognise the website name so clicked on it to see what exactly had happened. The website seemed like a large professional website about drone reviews and tips. The page I landed on was a word for word copy from an article I wrote for Drone Mag UK last year in 2016. Not only had they ripped the entire article but they had also used my photo’s from the article as well.
In many ways this kind of thing is unavoidable and is bound to happen from time to time but they hadn’t credited the magazine let alone the author of the article. So I reached out to my contact at the magazine to see if the site was affiliated with them in anyway and sure enough they had never seen it before. Upon further investigation they discovered that my article wasn’t the only one lifted from their pages and that they had done so with numerous articles spanning multiple issues. I can only assume that the majority of the content on their website has been lifted from one source or another without any requests for permission.
This is clearly a website designed to build traffic to earn money from adsense and affiliate linking but with little to no effort to produce any of their own work. It wouldn’t take much to read my article and come to your own conclusions about the topic and write your own!
Anyway this was new to me as i’ve never had my written work stolen before, especially as it would be so easy to credit myself and the magazine without taking anything away from their website.
The bottom line is things like this will always happen and its unavoidable and I could well take this as a compliment as they felt my work was worth copying. Despite this I still can’t help but feel angry about this. I networked to get the connections to work with the magazine. I wrote about my experience that spans hundreds of hours with the product to give a concise review. I took time out of my other work and time with my family to do so and yet someone else spent two minute looking for it and copying it over for their own personal monetary gain.
Needless to say they are being dealt with appropriately.