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I was plagiarized

Published 19 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader,

Chet emailed in to say a guy plagiarized me on Medium.

I was plagiarized.

I wrote an article about comedian George Carlin’s odd note-taking system a while ago.

The article went viral, and Medium paid me a few hundred dollars.

(You can read my article here)

A few days later, a plagiarizer copied my article into his Medium account.

He changed the picture and republished it under his name.

When I heard about it, I left him a snarky comment and moved on with my day.

I used to worry a lot about plagiarism.

That’s not the first time someone copied my work.

I found a PDF of my writing books on a torrent site a few years ago.

Dozens of sites have copied articles from my sites onto their own.

Sometimes, I issue DMCA take-down requests, but I don’t worry much about plagiarism.

You see…

That article was part of a series of articles and content promoting my course about the Zettelkästen Method for Writers.

I earned several thousand dollars and attracted some high-quality students from the launch.

That ahem writer copying one of my articles is like taking a single piece from a jigsaw puzzle and passing it off as a finished work.

If you’re creating content online and attracting any kind of audience, you’ll be ripped off at some point.

It could be a human.

Or it could be AI.

You can waste hours getting angry.

Or you can move on.

Whatever you decide, here’s what’s far more valuable:

The relationship between you and your audience.

No one can copy that.

Write on,
Bryan Collins

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