My composite image, my words... but where is my name?
Edit: I have since been contacted by the author of the offending blog, who despite thinking my response was "completely out of line" has since removed the two offending articles, as re-writing them with correct attribution must have again seemed too arduous a task. Hence the links to the Pickwick articles below will now display blank pages. I will leave this piece here in testament to the vigilance required by bloggers who strive to produce content in their own words, and do the right thing as far as giving credit and attribution.
I would like to draw attention to a recent discovery I made which was somewhat distressing. Plagiarism is a perennial concern for people who deliver web based content. As a result, many sites uses packages such as copyscape and attribute creative commons licenses to their work.
I love the idea of anyone reproducing parts aspect of my work, as long as they provide attribution and state "from H Niyazi, Three Pipe Problem." All my articles are clearly labelled as being authored by me, and appear prominently on search engines, so it should not be a problem.
Apparently, mentioning my name was too hard for Madame Pickwick Art Blog in a September 2010 piece on Simonetta Vespucci, which quotes entire blocks from my April 2010 article : Simonetta Vespucci: Real-life muse of the Renaissance?
The Pickwick Art Blog seems to be written by a Canadian by the name of "Dave", who runs an affiliated arts supply store in Quebec.
It is one thing to have your work stolen by a headless, auto-generated blog that exists to generate ad revenue, but when a dedicated arts site with a significant following does it - one needs to make note - which I am doing here. I find it strange because Pickwick seems to have no trouble quoting others, which I noted to Frank DeStefano when Pickwick recently did a series of posts on Giorgione and successfully attributed Frank's work.
Strangely, in another post on The Pastoral Concert, Pickwick quotes my work, but incorrectly attributes it to Frank! Immediately below my work is again quoted, and my own composite image used, but NO attribution! WHY?
Pickwick has no qualms quoting others... just me it seems. Maybe my name doesn't sound authoritative enough!
In the same piece, he does provide a link to my article(with the words ethereal haze) , but incorrectly attributes my words about emblem books(a pet topic of mine) to Frank!
Does Pickwick have no respect for other bloggers - is that it? Does he not view them as a credible resource - but still enjoys the content enough to steal entire passages without mentioning the original author?
I have tried to contact Dave, and merely wish him to insert my name into his numerous block quotes of my pieces (per article) If this is satisfied, I will update this post accordingly.
In the interim, I suggest people be vigilant, and look into something like copyscape for their sites. I actually found this example of plagiarism because of Pickwick's linking to my Simonetta composite images, but a (free) search on copyscape using the Simonetta article web address(URL) also successfully identified the Pickwick piece. Those wanting automated alerts are required to pay a small premium using the affiliated copysentry service. I presently haven't signed up, because I am very diligent at checking links to my site, but it may be worth the fee for those who do not monitor their stats as closely as I do.
Now I know what friend of 3PP UK art historian David Packwood felt like when his blog was plagiarised by pirates last year! Ahoy!