Sarah Pope Photo courtesy of The Healthy Home Economist’s Website
As Sen. Sotto said in an interview with ANC Headstart’s Karen Davila yesterday:
Sen. Tito Sotto
“Bakit ko pa i-quote ang blogger? Blogger lang yon.”
As a full time blogger, I can say that it is unjust for us to be irked by the honorable lawmaker. In one of my blog post about Plagiarism, as I quoted: “Plagiarizingsomeone’s blog post is a NO-NO in the world of blogosphere”.I was a victim of plagiarism last December 2011, as I discovered my blog post was copied by a fellow blogger and posted it on one of the Facebook group page which I am a member. I was hurt by the rude action of the guy who didn’t acknowledge me as his source and yet he copied every word of my blog post. On Sarah Pope As I read her blogpost, “On Plagiarism, The Pill and Presumptuousness”, she was disappointed on what Senator Sotto did to her article. But the lawmaker denied copying Sarah’s article, and his staff, Atty. Hector Villacorta confessed that they plagiarized Pope’s blog entry. I feel for Sarah. She deserved to be recognize as the source of Sotto’s speech. On Plagiarism For those who want to know what is plagiarism, according to Wikipedia: “Plagiarism means “wrongful appropriation”, “close imitation” or “purloining and publication” of anotherauthor‘s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions” and the representation of them as one’s ownoriginal work,but the notion remains problematic with nebulous boundaries. But in this case, Atty. Hector Villacorta, Sotto’s Chief of Staff said in an interview with GMA News Online today:
“You have a blog, it is meant to be shared, it’s in the public domain, so it’s not plagiarism”
They plagiarized Pope’s article. If they want to copy the article, they can rewrite it. Denying such action is so lame. Our blog is meant to be read, not just to be shared. Our blogs is public, but bloggers should be acknowledge or credited as their source. If someone want to have a copy of a certain blog post, ask permission first. Wala naman masama kung hindi ka humingi ng permiso. On Tirade Against Bloggers It’s unfair for those bloggers who want to blog in their free time and also for full time bloggers who are writing articles as their bread and butter. We love to write and sharing our experiences by posting it on our respective blogs. “Blogger lang yon”—hearing this phrase….they’re underestimating our abilities. Wala na ba kaming karapatan na magblog?
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