Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Respecting Someone's Words

I am a little upset as well as humbled. I got a call from our FRSA this morning saying that she read something I had written and that it was beautiful titled "Memorial", it's the entry I wrote about the last soldier from our unit who was killed (on 9-11). Someone who is either new to my journal/blog or who's been here for a while took my entry and posted it elsewhere. My name is not anywhere on it and I was never asked permission if my words and feelings could be shared else where. If asked I would most likely give permission, but and this is why I'm a little upset...I was not asked. These words may not be legally copyrighted, but they are my words. No one else can write a journal entry on here, just comments. I would apperciate if anyone reads this and wants to share what I've written that they please come and ask first. Yes this is for now a public journal, and I really do not want to have to make it private because of fear that someone may take what I've written and possibly use it as their own or just not give ownership.


Often when you read an article or poem, etc there's no author, it's because someone took it without permission.


So, if you did take my entry and post it somewhere else, please let me know where and who you are, not because I'm angry, I'm not. I'm honestly humbled that you felt my small entry was worth sharing, but so that I can put my name on it. Those are my feelings and it mentions MY husband, so if there's something out there from me I want my name with it.


I hope this makes sense. I don't want anyone to think that I'm mad, I'm truly not. I guessI was just really taken back. I never had any intention for anyone here where I live to read my words. It's not because I write negatively about them, just this is something of mine that I don't go and advertise so much to a lot of people I see face to face on a semi-daily basis.

God Bless



deshelestraci said...

I have heard of others who have had this problem too!  It floors me that people think this is acceptable.  Why would you do this?  One I saw was writing her "own" blog and had plagerized most of it from a well read blogger.  What was she thinking?  Did she just want more people reading?  I don't get it!
you are handling it very gracefully, Traci

jckfrstross said...

How rude!!!  i hope you can get to the bottum of who did this and fix it. I always ask if i can pass along whatever before i actually do it. that is called common couresty.


scotthlori said...

I would be annoyed too ... I always give credit to author's I don't pen in my journal.


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hunybea4him said...

with the new "blog this" button feature (havnt used it too often) it is easy for ppl to share what they have read else where.. but proper edict that is stated alllllll over J~Land and the net says.. give credit where credit is due.. cite the author if you are going to use something they wrote and leave a link if possible.  I posted an article in my blog from one of those daily devotionals I get and added my comments with it BUT it states the Authors names on the on set of the post.

lv2trnscrb said...

I can understand your feelings, Christy. I'm sorry someone didn't think first before they published your words.


hunybea4him said...

ohhh and you'v been tagged : )  read my blog for the details

Much Love,

delela1 said...

Christy that really stinks!  It's a juggling act isn't it?  On the one hand being able to express ourselves in our journals can be so rewarding, yet on the other when we put it out there we are literally putting it out for all to see.  Most people know and understand copyright territory, but sadly there are those who haven't a clue.  I understand your frustration, but seems to me the time and date stamp on the entry you wrote should work in your favor.