July 24, 2011

Plagiarism: The Sincerest Form of Flattery

As the saying goes, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Copying published articles with acknowledging the author is called plagiarism. There are several sites on the world wide web that have copied blog posts from this blog and posted it in its entirety without any mention of the author or even a link to the original post. Some of the sites are selling illegal 'brain dump' question banks and that devalues the intent of this blog author to provide a forum for hard working certification candidates to prepare for exams and pass them with proper preparation and effort. There is no shortcut to success. Without publishing the URL of the offending sites, here are some snippets of plagiarism that pervades the Internet with links to the actual blog post below them. Plagiarism seems to be the sincerest form of flattery!

Here is the link to the original post: New OCP Beta Exam For Technical Track

At least there are some sites that provide links to the original blog post like the one from OraComp. Here is the link to the original post: Oracle Tutor Patches Revisited

It is heartening that there are sites like ITSNewcast that acknowledges the blog author for their posting. Here is the link to the original post: Get Certified on Oracle Unified Method (OUM)


  1. Mohan,

    Unfortunately this behavior is becoming more and more common. The good news is that all of us who do respect the amount of effort and energy it takes to be an author will stick together and keep the other sites on notice.

    Don't worry, I've seen exact copies of sections of my resume on submitted ones I was supposed to review. It's almost like 1999 out there with the lack of experienced talented resources.

    Keep up the good work! Don't let them get you down! :-)


  2. Mohan it is actually becoming more and more common for people to steal content. Tim hall has had to deal with this many times the problem is by not taking action u are just encouraging peoplevto do so

  3. Yes, agreed. Perhaps some technique could be implemented for this so that the easy way of copying the text is discouraged. works with pictures - where the author puts his/her kind of stamp on the graphic ...and used to see some sites not allowing to copy content...at least some thing to discourage copying...

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