This is Why You Don't Steal from Cracked
Like Professor Young, I don't like plagiarists. Also like Professor Young, I am an ardent supporter of less-than-conventional means of punishment. Unlike Professor Young, though, I do not want to get fired, so let me state for the record that I had nothing to do with any of the immature examples of retaliation you will soon read about in this article. I can't imagine who might be responsible. Someone handsome and witty, I'd guess, and with just a hint of Spider-Man-like qualities.
El Grafico, a Mexican Newspaper, stole Jeff Kelly's article on Sex Myths Explained by Science. Even though they're getting traffic and ad sales due to the article, El Grafico didn't come up with the idea- Jeff did. And they didn't do the research- Jeff did. Hey, you know what else they didn't do? They didn't upload their own images. They linked directly to our images. The images in
...and subtly alter it in anyway.
Nope. Wouldn't know anything about that. I'll admit, it sure is funny, though. And clever. Let's see what other neat little photoshopping tricks I wouldn’t know anything about. Before proceeding, I'd like to point out that, regardless of whether or not the
If this was the first time someone had stolen from us, perhaps I wouldn't have reacted this way. But that's just not the case. People have been ripping us off for a while, which may come as a surprise to you. Maybe you think plagiarism is reserved for Scientific Journals, or Physics Tests, or, really, anything other than a site that deals largely with pop culture, celebrities I want to have sex with, and dick jokes. You'd be wrong. A while back, FM 105.1 ripped off an Ian Cheesman article and was
Needless to say, they took it down. Both the Northern Star and some Croatian website, the name of which I could not pronounce without some kind of profound tongue surgery, stole Lisa Skye's article about Music Trends That Must Be Stopped. There's more, but, the bottom line, folks, is that people like stealing from us. Maybe they do it because they think it doesn't bother us (it does), or that we won't catch them (we will), or maybe they just think "Hey, it's the internet- Regular laws don't apply here," an argument I will be sure to remember when I'm beating them to death for stealing one of my articles. A lot of the sites who have plagiarized simply remove the stolen article once we send over a menacing, legal-sounding cease-and-desist letter. The Northern Star went as far as to fire the stolen article's "author." So what do you do if you're tired of sending cease-and-desist letters, or if they're just
Did you think this picture just happened?!Getting furious whenever someone lays claim to creative work that is not their own is