noun \ˈplā-jə-ˌri-zəm also -jē-ə-\
: the act of using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person : the act of plagiarizing something
From the Merriam-Webster online Dictionary

Why Care?

I’ll tell you why. It’s theft. Plain and simple theft. Your momma told you theft was wrong. She was right on. Every major religion on earth has a prohibition against stealing. Wonder why?


It is theft of time, money, creativity. People that create anything have an investment in that thing. Your clever use of it is anything but clever.

The Example

Yep. I’m mad. I’m going to name names and cite sources. That’s how mad. Take a look at the example below and see what you think.
The Original: It’s on Wendy’s Sweeva page. She took the original down as a matter of course and I don’t have a link for it.
The Copy:

Notice any similarity?

Yeah, you are right. Gary Waters very crudely hacked his face into another ad, by Wendy Browning. Her ad was titled “Christmas in July” and ran for most of a month before Gary got to it…and he announced it as a “Creative Work”.

But Wait, There’s More!

Wendy Browning is a member of Lucky 13. She was a member of Kore4. Since she moved to our team, Gary’s behavior has been convoluted at best, and probably obsessive. He just can’t seem to let go.

In All Honesty

Yes, Wendy photoshopped her face onto the image she used for Christmas in July. It is a moderately common technique. Please note that she took some time and made the transition very nearly seamless. She spent some time, energy and creativity on her ad.

And in the End

This guy (I’m all done using his name) violated the Prime Directive. “Don’t mess with My Team” I simply won’t allow that to happen

I’m just sayin’

Works Cited
“Plagiarism.” Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster. Web. 27 July 2014. <>.

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