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Stealing content is wrong. And illegal Entrepreneur Magazine.

The ultimate in irony. Content thieves stealing my content for their article on content thieves.

Any time you borrow from an original source and do not give proper credit, you have committed plagiarism and violated U.S. copyright laws. ​

Additional note: Entrepreneur Magazine doesn't care if their writers cite any of their sources. Notes on this here:


Giving credit to the original author by citing sources is the only way to use other people's work without plagiarizing. But there are a number of other reasons to cite sources:
citing sources shows the amount of research you've done
citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

Olivia Rose published an article today on Entrepreneur on content thieves using my content that I published here:

Off to file another DMCA notice, which I explained how to do in my original post. Notice filed with Google.

#contenttheft   #dmcatakedown   #DMCA  
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wow. I wonder if Olivia is a real person.
but Ent mag doing this - no oversight? No editor? 
Am I missing something here? I can't see any similarities between the article and +Peg Fitzpatrick's articles, aside from the topic of course.
+Peg Fitzpatrick that is rough. What did she say when she emailed you back "I changed it to my name that made it different" 
+Thomas Mulrooney All the research and content are mine. The topic and how to handle are all based on my article. The author already acknowledged it to me. It just needed a link back to my article, that's all.

+Tom Arrigo She said that she used articles as reference and must have forgotten to add the link.
+Thomas Mulrooney She did. Honestly, all she had to do was to give credit in her article. I don't know why writers do this. I link back to every article that I use as references in my articles to make sure it's covered. I read a ton of material everyday. When I write, I add the links in the bottom and if I don't quote them directly, I add resources or additional reading at the bottom. It's ethically and legally the way to do it.
+Peg Fitzpatrick Definitely, it's just good web etiquette. I think a lot of people who are new to the game have made the mistake of not giving proper attribution in the past, and to be fair the majority of them swiftly correct it when you point it out. Still, there's little excuse these days for not doing it given the amount of content about this topic that anyone interested in online content writing should really read first. Plus, it's just good manners at the end of the day! Hope it gets sorted for you :-)
+Peg Fitzpatrick Well, I see an opportunity here for you to do a webinar to teach new (and old) writers your process. I research a lot, but don't have a system and now I'm freaked that I might have left someone out somewhere in some post. 
I don't see Entrepreneur magazine updating credits to mention you anywhere. They are on g+ too. 
+entrepreneur hello! Wake up! Smell Coffee! 
Peggy, I'm quite shocked that you haven't deleted this considering the fact that ...

a) My article is nothing like yours and not copied in anyway
b) My article was sent to KISSmetrics on 1st August 2013 and then waited in the queue to be published. 

Your post was published 11 days later on 12th August.

I showed you a screenshot of these emails in our conversation earlier which showed that it was impossible for me to have 'stolen' your article ... 

So now you've resorted to slating me on Google+ and to the editorial team at for something I didn't do.

Oh .. the DMCA notice for content I didn't steal was a nice touch - thanks for that.

At least have the guts to admit when you were wrong.

Would you like it if someone did this to you?

I don't think so ....

I'm utterly shocked - this is pathetic.

You have completely ruined my day and wasted a huge chunk of my time today for something I never did.

I hope you're happy with yourself ...
+Peg Fitzpatrick, I thought I would help promote "your article" by tweeting it and pinning it. You're so good at writing articles that help me, so I wanted to show my gratitude here...although I've done this with so many of your articles, just so I won't lose them when I want refer back to them...this one included. 
+Jay Popat They decided they don't care if writers credit their sources, whether it's my content or anyone's.
The problem with a DMCA take down notice is that it is only valid inside USA. US courts have no jurisdiction outside of USA. So depending on the country the websites is in (both the server and the owner of the site or company), you might need to use other means.

That said, some sites do respond to a DMCA, so it can not hurt. Just don't get disappointed if they don't respond or respond with a "not valid" comment.

Filing a takedown notice with Google is a bit like trying to put out a fire with a garden hose. Not very effective if the content has started to gain popularity. You will have to chase down all URL's. It is better to go to the source and get the ISP to take it down. Google can only take down THEIR index. Not the content itself. So if your jump over to another search engine, you can still find it.
+Svein Wisnæs Very good points but at least it's something. This is a very good analogy "Filing a takedown notice with Google is a bit like trying to put out a fire with a garden hose." Even if it an article is updated, it's already out there. 

It just makes you feel better when Google agrees with you. I guess it's a moot moral point given the extent of the internet but still once worth making to me.
I read through your article and her article ... and just don't see the similarities. Am I missing something?  
+Peg Fitzpatrick I'm confused too - I see some of the tools mentioned but those tools are mentioned in a lot of posts that talk about protecting content. 
+Demian Farnworth +Andrea Vahl If you had done the research on the articles, as I know you both have done on content, you would know what I'm referring to. It's not a cut & paste of words but the idea from my article and all the resource links. There is not one reference to any source in the article. There are links to the resources that I have.

Yes, I know we all write on a lot of the same topics on blogging and social media but citing your sources is required, whether it was mine or another source.
I liked the way +Olivia Rose re-presented the post with screenshots although being 'inspired' by +Peg Fitzpatrick work.

It would have been sweeter or say professional courtesy if she would have passed on the credits for the 'inspiration'. I clearly see she denies that profusely.

Entrepreneur says Olivia Rose works for CNBC. What's Kissmetrics? Sounds more like dating site!. So, how does her article get posted by Entrepreneur while she wrote for Kissmetrics!. This is so much like content flea market!.

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