It Is Not Just Plagiarism It’s My Life
October 20, 2011 18 Comments
This TRICK set up a Facebook page that mirrored mine. No really, she copied and pasted my posts as her original material, stole my blog posts and turned them into “notes” tagging friends and celebrities, and even hinted that soon there will be a book, “Pocketbook Principles” from my “PooNannie Principles,” lessons from my Daddy.
Here are a couple of examples how she modified my posts:
On this one she removed “-Sam Green, Sr. aka My Daddy” entirely. No credit to him, at all for his quotes.
This was a post with comments on the Grown IS Sexy! page that she turned into a note, tagging people.
She’s copied some of my blogs too, including my Divorce Is Not An Option blog and creating a note.
As I scrolled her page, my “NEXT Decision BETTER” became her “Next and Better Decision”. My Daddy’s quotes, “Sam Green, Sr.” became just “S G, Sr.” and my “Lessons from the Barbershop” became her “Lessons from the Shop”. My “We’re Growin’ UP” became her “We’re Goin’ Up” and my “Grown IS Sexy” became her “Grown and Sassy”. She made these changes but EVERYTHING ELSE remained as I originally posted them.
Here are some examples of how she’s done that:
- This is probably the most egregious offense because it’s the longest. And while it’s all mine, she’s meshed them all together. Certainly not as cohesively as my soon to be published book.
- This is a day’s worth of related posts on “Opportunities Are Created” that she’s copied and pasted as a note…she did that a lot!
- This day was several related posts too on My Daddy’s Principles regarding the PooNannie, again copied and pasted into a note.
- Here’s MY blog post, It’s YOUR Life and here’s how she’s owing it – she calls it, Parenting: It’s Not My Fault.
Here are some single posts dating back to May 2010 that she copied and pasted:
- The Past Is Gone
- It’s Your Life
- Don’t Be Rude – this one says “Grown IS Sexy” but does not credit me.
- Don’t Be Bamboozled! – I signed “Grown IS Sexy”…she switched it out for “Sassy”
There are SO MANY of my single posts that she turned to notes.
I created the Grown IS Sexy! “fan” page on Facebook and everyday for the past 2 years I post and engage discussions on self development for self leadership integrating many terms I’ve created from seminars and workshops over the years that have taken on a life of their own. And I freely share my experiences and life lessons.
Flattered My Ass, I Am PISSED!
Some of you know the relationship that I have with my father. At 44, I am still Daddy’s little girl. Along with many other things, my father taught me everything I needed to know about sex much of which I learned growing up in his barbershop. I hold those lessons very near and dear. So, for this TRICK to claim my experiences as her own, even my Daddy as hers, PISSES me off!
I am not flattered that she wants to be me or that she is claiming my work. My daily interaction with those on my fan page is, kind of, my ministry. I love sharing digestible nuggets that help others “Courage UP” and make better decisions. And we have some powerful discussions on the Grown IS Sexy! page and now, frankly, I feel violated.
She has gone as far as extracting from the comment sections where I’ve clarified a post all the more or responded to people’s personal experiences to extract each of my comments and create “notes” on her Facebook “fan” page, which are the equivalent to a blog – all my words, verbatim.
I have myself on Google Alert (which I highly recommend), so whenever anybody posts, mention or repost my work I get an automatic alert and I periodically Google my terms. I started using “Sam Green-ism” and so I Googled it and found that she had been copying and pasting my work for over a year. I went back to July 2010 and was exhausted so I stopped.
We’re All Born With Talent
Well, not exactly! We are all born with natural propensities – a natural lean toward certain abilities. And it is every individual’s task to identify what those are (the easy part because they show up even if you’re not looking for them) and then to hone those skills which unveil our talents. It is then our job to develop those talents over time.
I’m very passionate about individuality, and so clear about the different traits and experiences that make us all different and valuable that I teach it; I’ve produced two audio books about it, Living in Harmony and Living by Design. If this thief would spend her time honing her own natural abilities, she’d find the wealth of value within her and would feel absolutely foolish stealing my work.
There Are No Shortcuts
Those of us who have known levels of success know that the path to success is not a straight line and there are no shortcuts!
I was a traveling speaker and trainer, literally in a different city every day teaching professional development – communications, interpersonal, and leadership skills. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and since age 17, I’ve been fascinated with temperaments, so in every session I’ve ever taught I teach temperaments; show people their individual value. It was all on the road when I realized that I loved teaching personal growth; seeing people have light bulb moments.
Bottom Line: my path, my experiences, my natural abilities and honed talents make me the expert on the things that I teach, including PooNannie responsibility.
While I am pissed that she would try to claim my work as her own, even hinting at a book of MY “PooNannie Principles” only she’s calling it “Pocketbook Principles” she is not me.
Speaking of no shortcuts…HELL, do you know how long it took me to put “PooNannie” in writing?!?!
I’ve been known for talking about the “PooNannie” in sessions for years, but I was so afraid of being known as “The PooNannie Lady.” People have been asking for my book, but I had to get comfortable with my ability to tastefully convey the messages AND, frankly, to be known as The PooNannie Lady before I would share them in such public forums.
The book is coming. I’ve been working on it and I’m not rushing it because of this. It’s my path, my experiences – it’s MY LIFE! I’m clear that nobody can tell, nor share my life better than I can. Nobody can steal that!
FYI…I have reported the page to Facebook but haven’t heard from them yet, but get this…just before posting this, another Facebook page surfaced with my posts called: Life After Separation and Divorce. From what I can tell it’s the same TRICK (it’s the nicest thing I can call her right now)!
There are literally more posts on her page that are mine than are not! I scrolled her page in absolute disbelief! She continues to delete my supporters comments but my content remains. You can see the page here.
Here’s to finding the wealth of value within you and developing the best, YOU! We’re Growin’ UP…Grown IS Sexy! 😉
UPDATE (October 21, 2010): Since I posted this blog, I’ve learned who she is and reached out to her. Many of my supporters after hearing about this covered her page, comment after comment, about infringing on my intellectual property. She’s so insistent on continuing that she is diligently removing all of their comments but not my content. Neither has she responded to me.
UPDATE: (October 22, 2010) Like many of you I’ve worked on my brand for years and this just does not sit well with me. As of yet, Facebook still hasn’t responded to my submission but we have self-policed and got her attention. But it doesn’t mean she’s repentant; she’s changed her settings so that we can no longer leave comments and as a result all of our comments were automatically removed, but my content still remains.
From what I have gathered about her, she has several businesses…a hustler! All I know is that publishing MY CONTENT had better not be one of them. Again, many many thanks to those of you who have rallied with me on this.
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All the best,
Speaker, Individuality Advocate
Author of Living by Design and Living in Harmony