If imitation is the best form of flattery, then I guess we’re doing pretty well.
Every few days I stumble across something we wrote, word for word, with somebody else’s name on it. Mostly it’s Facebook notes and chain emails and cutesy adorable nonsense like people using our pictures without credit or something. And that’s kinda alright. I mean, if this were the US, I’d probably sue, but we’re in Kenya. Hakuna Matata and such.
But woe be you media houses who descendeth amongst our ranks and pick off our posts like we are slaves in the fields. I’m normally really calm and cool about this type of thing but your plagiarizing ways are getting out of pocket.
First, I heard about some random posts(plural) showing up in some newspapers and magazines earlier this year from our readers. I said nothing.
Then I saw the World Cup posts blatantly getting swiped by the Saturday Nation or something. Again, I said nothing.
Now it’s Black Sugar over at Capital FM taking a post I wrote and naming me Peter. Listen, broad. I don’t know you; I don’t want to. But clearly, you seem to know where to find us. The cordial thing to do, is to ask before you take a story about MY LIFE, for OUR BLOG and use it to get YOUR PAYCHECK .
And that goes for anybody anywhere who thinks they’ve got skill because they can copy paste and edit tenses. You see, unlike you, we don’t get paid for what we write. But we do work at it. Pretty damn hard. The whole DR Crew puts in more effort than some of you ‘digital media’ teams. Understand that we do it with a purpose. We are professionals. If you like our work so much, pay us for it. It’s really not that complicated.
Like I said before, I try hard not to get mad about petty things like this, but this may be the straw that’ll break this camel’s back. And I’m not a fan of backache. I’ve emailed the relevant parties and hope to get a response soon. The rest of you….stop stealing our shit.
This isn’t an attack at Capital or whoever. We don’t like drama around these parts. This is just a frustrated vents because, after all, what are blogs for?
That is all.
As you were.
Update(15th September): The folks at Capital have issued an apology and taken down the article. They were actually misled by the contributor into believing the work was legit. Now I’m just waiting for ‘Black Sugar’ to say something as it seems Capital has pled the 5th, and understandably so.