Posted by: Jae | April 22, 2009

Plagiarism

I don’t have much by way of material possessions. I ride a jeepney to work everyday, don’t own a watch, and am using a borrowed Nokia 2110 cellphone because mine broke 2 weeks ago.

I don’t have much by way of talent. My videoke song is “Mr. Deejay” and even then, I miss more notes than I hit. I cannot dance. I cannot paint. I cannot cook.

I cannot even swim or bike or stand on my head or do cartwheels. I was six years old when I learned how to jump.

But I think I can write. Not as good as the best of them, but I dare say I can string words together.

This is my original blog entry, dated March 16, 2008. Endings and Beginnings

This is a blog entry that my friend Reggie Aquino stumbled upon, dated July 6, 2008. Endings and Beginnings: The Birthday Post. It also appears here The Birthday Post.

Please do not steal my words. It upsets me very much and I really do take it personally.


Responses

  1. *hugs* I can’t even repeat the cliche about flattery and imitation because I know how deeply this must have hurt you. But in any case…

    What most copycats don’t realize is that this form of stealing is as dirty, unethical and immoral as theft and its other cousins. And because it’s so easy to commit with just the use of hot keys on a keyboard, she must think her act can be shrugged off just like that. But plagiarism is a serious offense; the act is penalized by law, even here in the Ph. The copyright of your entry belongs to you (and maybe wordpress as first publisher… check WP’s fine print). With that as premise, it would be easier to complain about her (and her publisher’s) unauthorized reproduction.

    On a bitchier note, this girl doesn’t know that in her attempt to be “sui generis”, she just proved how unimaginative and contrived she really is by blatantly plagiarizing you. All the red lipstick won’t make it appear otherwise.

  2. shet. not even a smidgen of a hint of acknowledgment… kahiya. kalungkot. kaawa naman si “barbo_77”

    one wonders, tuloy, about the authenticity of her other “posts”

  3. If imitation is the best form of flattery, plagiarism is the worst. (Barbo, if you’ll quote this, please attribute properly. — Bobby G.)

  4. The sad big picture is…lots of her kind in our midst–brain-pickers, loud claimants to ideas which are not theirs and re-packers/freeloaders feeding on someone else’s hard work. Dishonest people. Kawawa naman sila, gusto kasi ng shortcut, thus missing many opportunities to grow, glow and go. Green, leafy veggies lang naman sana. ;-> (Uy parang tunog pang-Earth Day ito. :-))

    I send you positive energy Jae,
    Bubut

  5. Hey jae. I love what you wrote. I’m disgusted by the blatant theft of your words and I join your outrage.

  6. nakaka-awa naman ang plagiarist na ito.birthday post niya, di pa sa knya.how sad sad sad.and annoying kasi ung sa u pa ninakaw.erck!kaso kaso kaso.

  7. may i comment ako sa blog nya. gumawa pa ako ng Lj account, makapag comment lang. Grrrr

  8. Jae, in commiseration with your grief, I’m posting here a poem I wrote specifically for you.

    I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast.

    — By Bobby Garcia (aka Arnold Tarrobago)

  9. Bobgar — buti na lang you acknowledged that “fool,” arnold🙂

  10. Eto po ay isinulat ko sa aking account, para humingi ng sorry sa inyong lahat…

    I hope you can forgive me(all of you). Para ke Ms. Jae. Salamat sa lahat-

    For your writings-they uplift the soul and bring eternal hope.

    Salamat sa pagdala sa akin sa Caramoan at sa Palawan(sa pamamagitan ng iyong mga akda)…

    Kena Bobgar, Taroogs(fool talaga ako dahil sa ginawa ko), Jordan, Karen at Mitch, sorry at nasaktan ko ang kaibigan nyo….

    Last, a year a friend of mine stumbled upon a blog that evokes both passion and palpable honesty that I am sure her writings can only come from the heart.

    From the heart of a lawyer, an activist and a woman who lives her life to the fullest.

    July of last year, as my birthday was approaching, this friend said that I should write something about me getting a year older. Perhaps impart wisdom, say something that makes sense.

    I said naah… and began blabbering about my thoughts of getting older.

    she said I reminded her of your post- about your birthday being an ending and a beginning.

    and said write something about it. I said I am tired and there’s nothing to write about actually, it is still the same boring birthday. A number added to my years of existence.

    I showed pics at the office where I served cake and ice cream to my friends.

    she said, just copy the blog, post it in multiply and friendster and put in the pictures, viola, an instant birthday post.

    back then, not only did i think that it was plausible-it was a harmless idea.

    so, I posted it, added some words and sentences (since I am 100 percent convinced that I am nowhere near her caliber. lalagyan ko na lang ng kaekekan. even I wouldn’t be able to convinced myself not even for a second that I can write and weave words like her)

    this is the height of recklessness, stupidity and I am ashamed of myself for thinking that it is okay. i write myself and I know that plagiarism is more than robbery. it is in fact, taking away something so dear and precious that it is tantamount to killing.

    maniwala ka man o hindi, sampu ng mga kaibigan mo jae(at tama sila sa lahat ng sinabi nila, you are blessed with friends who came in full force today to indict me ) i did intend to acknowledge that it was an entry that I copied from you. but during that time, I thought that wala lang un. na okay lang un. an eh ano marami naman ang gumagawa nun.

    At un para sa akin ang pinaka malaking pagkakamali ko sa yo—-ang sabihing wala lang un at okay lang un.

    That is the bigger mistake here. More than plagiarism.

    at sa lahat pa ng tao, sayo pa. ikaw pa..

    ewan ko pero sana at gusto kong maniwala ka pa rin na—– di ako ganun.

    at pakiramdam ko wala na akong pinag iba sa mga pulitikong sinusulat mo sa iyong blog mo.

    Sa inyo pong lahat with all humility, patawad po.

    Patawad kina Mitch, Taroog, Karen, Regie(na feeling ko eh ka officemate ko salamat sa pagsusuplong-serious), Karen, Golda, Jordan, Taroogs, Bobgar at sa lahat… sorry…

    Alam ko na hindi ito sapat.. pero eto sa ngayon at aking makakayanan….

    Muli, sorry po Ms. Jae.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, si Ms. Jae— ang totoo at tunay na may akda ng Endings and Beginnings…..

    Eto sya….. Bisitahin nyo….. at magbago….

    https://jaefever.wordpress.com/

  11. eto po ay pinost ko sa aking account—kasabay ng pagdedelete ng blog entry “the birthday post”.

    medyo nahirapan ako kung paano mag-sorry.

    if I shower you with platitudes- ayoko naman na lumabas na insincere at insensitive

    ayoko ko namang “sumipsip”- i do not want you to feel na pina patronize lang kita…

    alam ko rin, na sa dami na ng mga taong nakilala mo, youre sure to detect if someone’s just pulling your leg..

    Kaya Ms. Jae salamat po at sorry….

    ————————

    Last, a year a friend of mine stumbled upon a blog that evokes both passion and palpable honesty that I am sure her writings can only come from the heart.

    From the heart of a lawyer, an activist and a woman who lives her life to the fullest.

    July of last year, as my birthday was approaching, this friend said that I should write something about me getting a year older. Perhaps impart wisdom, say something that makes sense.

    I said naah… and began blabbering about my thoughts of getting older.

    she said I reminded her of your post- about your birthday being an ending and a beginning.

    and said write something about it. I said I am tired and there’s nothing to write about actually, it is still the same boring birthday. A number added to my years of existence.

    I showed pics at the office where I served cake and ice cream to my friends.

    she said, just copy the blog, post it in multiply and friendster and put in the pictures, viola, an instant birthday post.

    back then, not only did i think that it was plausible-it was a harmless idea.

    so, I posted it, added some words and sentences (since I am 100 percent convinced that I am nowhere near her caliber. lalagyan ko na lang ng kaekekan. even I wouldn’t be able to convinced myself not even for a second that I can write and weave words like her)

    this is the height of recklessness, stupidity and I am ashamed of myself for thinking that it is okay. i write myself and I know that plagiarism is more than robbery. it is in fact, taking away something so dear and precious that it is tantamount to killing.

    maniwala ka man o hindi, sampu ng mga kaibigan mo jae(at tama sila sa lahat ng sinabi nila, you are blessed with friends who came in full force today to indict me ) i did intend to acknowledge that it was an entry that I copied from you. but during that time, I thought that wala lang un. na okay lang un. an eh ano marami naman ang gumagawa nun.

    At un para sa akin ang pinaka malaking pagkakamali ko sa yo—-ang sabihing wala lang un at okay lang un.

    That is the bigger mistake here. More than plagiarism.

    at sa lahat pa ng tao, sayo pa. ikaw pa..

    ewan ko pero sana at gusto kong maniwala ka pa rin na—– di ako ganun.

    at pakiramdam ko wala na akong pinag iba sa mga pulitikong sinusulat mo sa iyong blog mo.

    Sa inyo pong lahat with all humility, patawad po.

    Patawad kina Mitch, Taroog, Karen, Regie(na feeling ko eh ka officemate ko salamat sa pagsusuplong-serious), Karen, Golda, Jordan, Taroogs, Bobgar at sa lahat… sorry…

    Alam ko na hindi ito sapat.. pero eto sa ngayon at aking makakayanan….

    Muli, sorry po Ms. Jae.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, si Ms. Jae— ang totoo at tunay na may akda ng Endings and Beginnings…..

    Eto sya….. Bisitahin nyo….. at magbago….

  12. bago dumagdag pa tayo ng comments, please see:

    http://burntashes.multiply.com/journal/item/41/My_Heartfelt_Apologies_to_Ms._Jae…..

  13. apology accepted. longer reply later, as im still in sagada..🙂

  14. dear joan, thank you for your heartfelt apology. consider it accepted.

    wishing you all the best,
    jae

    • Dear Ms.Jae,

      Thank you. Salamat sa absolution. Makakatulog na ulit ako ng mahimbing.

      All the best and GOD BLESS,

      Joan


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