Thursday, August 6, 2015

Steal Worthy

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? 

Maybe. Only it doesn't feel that way when you hop on Facebook and see that a popular site has ripped and posted your writing. Of course, it is the most amazingly easy candy recipe on my blog. Really, it's steal worthy. But while the recipe is in the public domain now, my writing is not.

It happens often enough, but this is sad. How hard is it to attribute/link up?

You're better than this, Crock Pot Moms. 

See the original (and while you're there, make some candy!) by clicking here. -Brin


debbie said...

At first I thought it said crack pot

Rebecca said...

Now, that's just not nice. I'm "friends" with the CP Moms on FB too, and I get that they are posting unoriginal recipes (at least not THEIR originals) but they posted your post verbatim, Brin. If someone is going to "lift" someone else's blog post at the very least they should credit from where you took it.

deborah said...

As an English instructor always stressing "cite, cite, cite", I hate this. Lazy and dishonest. How hard would it be to link to your blog?

Terri Steffes said...

This is unethical blogging. A lot of the FB groups I am on say that they should be called out, and, this is not the first time they have been "credited" for doing this.

Sherry said...

i too am a 'victim' of this type action.
recipe? take it.
my words? back off.
i'm sorry it happened to you.
that recipe?! crack from the crock pot.
i darn't go there!!! haha

Susan said...

A simple link back to you and/or a credit ... have you let them know ?

rachel said...

I'm so sorry :(
But I have had this recipe on my "to try" list since you first posted it...unfortunately I've never seen almond bark for sale here in the UK...peanut butter chips are not easy to find either. It looks yummy though!

Dining on Delicious said...

Having stepped on the food blog wagon, it's hard to make sure your recipe is yours, but I totally agree with you, they should of known better or at least gave you credit.

Cindy Brick said...

I just messaged them...

Being a writer and blogger myself, I feel pretty sensitive about this whole attribution thing, too. (And it's happened to me before, as well.)

Maybe if we all write Crock Pot Moms to let them know, they'll start doing it right! I have to believe that you're not the first, Brin, nor the last.

Cindy Brick said...

Brin, the blogger at Crock Pot Moms messaged me back, and said she was in contact with you. I hope that's true.

She said she'd been making this candy for ages. I suspect that a staffer found it easier to copy yours, than write the original recipe down. But who knows...

At least she had the integrity to respond.

Crock Pot Moms said...

Hi Brin,
As we discussed, if one of our interns posted something wrong we had fixed it. We made slow cooker candy all the time but if the wrong recipe was posted it was removed and links to pages are always a must and will be linked. We get recipes from Moms all over the globe and post. Thank for writing to me.

Brin said...

Crock Pot Mom-

Thanks for responding to my (our) messages. While I certainly don't own the recipe-- I got it from my friend Debbie Sue, as I posted-- what I objected to is the fact that the recipe, as I wrote and published it, was used without attribution. It was a copy and paste job.

I have since been contacted by multiple other bloggers who attest to having their content published without permission on your page. Look, we all appreciate a good recipe. But continuing to use protected (copyrighted) work will ultimately result in unpleasant circumstances for you and your page, I have no doubt.

Bloggers are generally generous folk, and we love having our work shared! A simple link back or line mention of the original source would fix all of this. We don't feel that is too much to ask.

Again, thank you for responding.

Betty said...

I've heard about this recipe but haven't tried it yet. Do I dare?? :)