They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I don’t believe it. I think stealing someone else’s stuff is just plain lazy. It’s also against the law.
In August 2017 I published a blog post about Leona and Pearl O’Loughlin. Troy Taylor copied a section of my post and put it in his book, which came out September 2018. (Thanks to Maggie, a sharp reader of my blog, for giving me a heads up on this. She heard Troy’s version of Leona’s story on a podcast around the same time she read my post.)
Altogether he copied parts of eight paragraphs of my blog post text. Here’s some of “his” text:
And here’s the relevant section my blog post about Leona. Remember, I wrote this more than a year before Troy’s book hit the shelves:
I’ve messaged Troy through his Facebook page, but he has ignored me. Are there are other authors out there whose work he has, ahem, relied on a bit too heavily?
Then there’s All That’s Interesing. It’s a popular website that published my photo without my permission and cropped off my watermark. I’ve asked them to remove the photo. They haven’t bothered to respond to my email.
I spend a good deal of time looking for interesting mugshot photos for my collection and many of them aren’t cheap. I think the “ati” folks knew exactly what they were doing when they removed my watermark: cheating me and engaging in unscrupulous behavior. They also used my text without asking. Even though they credited me, it’s still not okay because they are using my work to draw eyeballs to their website, not mine. Here’s my photo as it was originally published:
So beware. Whether it’s an individual or a company, thieves are out there.