Update, 3 October – since writing this page I finally got around to asking directly, via the comments on the page, that the person in question makes it clear the text is a quote. He deleted my comment, and he hasn’t.
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I’ve not been able to add much of late, for various reasons. One of them is that I’m wondering how much I want to put on the web, for free, when there are so many people who take without credit.
On blipfoto.com, there’s a photo of that famous Bile Beans ad on Lord Mayor’s Walk. With accompanying text underneath. It includes two paragraphs lifted from my page Themes – Painted wall ads. It seems to be a straight cut-and-paste job:
It tells us that “Nightly BILE BEANS Keep You HEALTHY BRIGHT EYED & SLIM”. I think it’s the name of the product that makes it such a memorable advert.
It is obviously from a different time, when you could make such claims about health-related products. If it was painted now it would have to say something like “Bile Beans, as part of a healthy lifestyle, may reduce your cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease. It may also help with weight loss as part of a calorie controlled diet” – which doesn’t grab the attention quite so effectively, and would need a much bigger wall.
There are no quotation marks around this text. There are links to my website below, but in the context of this page it looks like the guy whose page it is wrote it himself. Anyone who visits the page would think so. I might have done if it didn’t look so strangely familiar.
This could just be a clueless mistake from someone who doesn’t understand the concept of intellectual property, crediting sources … (Though he’s a photographer, so also has creative work he’d presumably like credited to its creator.)
The text below mine is another cut-and-paste, apparently from www.thequackdoctor.com.
What suggests that this can’t be passed off as ‘not knowing’ are the comments below from visitors to the page.
One says ‘Great advert and love your accompanying text.’ Note the ‘your’.
At this point the response should have been ‘thanks, but I didn’t write it.’ But instead he just says ‘thanks’, and takes the credit.
It’s not just this page. This isn’t the first example of finding my words adrift. I don’t trawl the web looking for examples of my content being nicked, copied, plagiarised, but sometimes I find them by chance, as on this occasion.
It’s always slightly depressing.