… Or is it simply a copyright infringement.
Recently, an up and coming socially active, very hard working surgeon who is in the midst of building his media empire ran into a small issue.
A fellow surgeon appeared on Twitter and started a rudimentary WordPress blog (he needs a new developer :-)).
The new surgeon copied the up and comer’s twitter profile word for word… but also copied a post from his website word for word without any kind of attribution.
I don’t think that it is necessary to call out the players in question.
The offender publicly apologized on Twitter… changed his profile and took the post down.
The issue is … and here comes the grey hairs talking :-)
Some want to unleash the pitbulls and proceed with punitive actions … while I see this far more as a learning opportunity.
I love seeing new docs become Public Thinkers or contribute meaningful information to the Googlesphere… but sometimes they run astray. Poor offline preparation, poor coaching, or mal-intent from the get go… I’m not sure.
What steps would you take if your content was copied without attribution and the offender corrected it promptly?
I would hope that using it as a teaching moment would suffice — but would love to hear what the community thinks.
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