Excuses People Make After Committing Plagiarism

Thursday, April 28, 2011 Stef dela Cruz 0 Comments

I’ve blogged just a while back about how my write-up was published on a blog after my name was deleted unceremoniously. Because of this blatantly plagiaristic posting, I asked for my byline to be published with my work, the way it should have been. (For the complete story, read this.)

The bloggers responded, but their reply did nothing to appease me. They said that press releases were usually published without indicating the writer.

What a terrible excuse! Since when did publications, whether offline and online, start publishing press releases without indicating who wrote them?!

In addition, the blogger responsible for the slight said, “Bloggers don’t usually quote, or if ever, we refer to the notes and then we do it in our own words.”

“Bloggers don’t usually quote.” Wow. Already, I smell the alibi of a plagiarist who feels no remorse for copying without quoting.

“We refer to the notes and then we do it in our own words.” So they do know that blog content needs to be original.

I seriously hoped that blogger was speaking for himself.

Unfortunately, I found out that it was not just one blogger who was guilty of having done this. How could not just one, but a handful of bloggers deliberately delete my byline? It’s just unacceptable. Not to me, and especially not according to the law.

Sigh. I need a back rub before my blood pressure kills me. Of course, a more decent apology is also in order.

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Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.