I told myself I was going to stay out of this whole mess, but when two bloggers I know, love, and respect are on the wrong end of plagiarism, it's hard to sit idly by. I won't mention any names anywhere. I'm just going to explain some of the situations and tell you why plagiarism is just so wrong.
In the first case, images were stolen from a blogger's site. Now, normally that's not a big deal, but when you pay for an image that was specifically made for you and someone steals it, that's not cool. I myself have never paid for anything on my blog, but I can see why people do it: to be completely unique. And the worst part is that the guilty blogger already had a great design that she had a friend do for her (another prestigious blogger), yet she felt the need to steal from someone else. The blogger the images were stolen from told the person to take down the images she found there. The blogger claimed to have no knowledge of HTML (whatever, that's a total lie), but she took it down and it seemed to be over. Sadly, the victim of this crime found even more of her images up on the site only a day or so after she asked the other ones to be taken down! Seriously? I mean, you have to be stupid enough to steal something from someone, but that takes the Darwin award right there.
In the second case, another guilty blogger was called out on copying nearly 90% of a very prestigious blogger's review. The blogger sent an e-mail to the perpetrator and got some backlash, but the review was taken down and, again, that seemed to be the end of it. No such luck. Sometimes you can tell the age of a blogger when all of a sudden their mom starts bashing the blogger on twitter. Yup, this girl's mom takes it upon herself to badmouth this blogger who's really the victim in all this and tell her how bad a person she is and how awesome a person her daughter is. I understand mama bear protecting her cubs, but this ain't the animal kingdom and when your child is in the wrong, you don't defend them publicly. Maybe if she had e-mailed the blogger quietly and not gotten the twitterverse involved, then I probably wouldn't even be telling you about this because it would have been kept on the down-low.
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!