Link with Love

When you blog for business I want to you link with love.

link with love

When I say “link with love” I mean give credit where it is due.

I finally decided to write about a recent event which has been a real eye opener to both myself and my business.

I discovered my content and my images had been copied from my site and pasted into someone else’s site with zero attribution.

The owner of the blogs (yes multiple blogs) was passing off my content as her own to grow her business.

This is NOT ok.

I’m not going to tell you what to do if your content is copied as Personal Branding Consultant, Kimberly Bordonaro has already provided a fabulous resource on What to do when your blog posts are copied.

Why copying hurts YOU

When you copy something it’s copyright infringement, it’s plagiarism, and it is theft.

Copying something kills your creativity. And your brand and reputation.

By copying something you mute your voice, your ideas, and your ability to grow.

If you can’t say something better than some else has then cite them, link with love.

It’s not a sign of weakness to admire someone

It’s ok to be inspired by someone.

We all find inspiration from somewhere.

Ideas are not born in a vacuum.

Great artists reveal the source of their inspiration.

Musicians too.

Then they make it their own by sprinkling their secret somethin’ over it.

If you want to reference people who have inspired you, do it.

Link with love

And as a polite reminder;

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16 Responses to Link with Love

  1. This reminds me of many interviews with famous artists, one of the recurring questions is ‘who were your influences?’ and they say it, out loud.
    Mika’s “Big Girl” is clearly inspired by Queens “Fat bottomed girls”

    Take it, steal it, make it yours.

  2. It’s not just in business, arts, culture etc;, but I mean this should be normal everywhere. it’s called honesty, isn’t it ?
    I do LOVE your title and the way you get the positive our of a negative experience !!!
    Great post ! Thank you !

  3. Oh, Ameena – my heart hurts for you as a victim of a crime like this, the theft of your intellectual property! You’re very classy to not have called out the perpetrator here, but I hope you are pursuing her on your own.

    “Link with Love” is a great philosophy – I’ve just amended my own ‘Rules of the Game’ on my blog to include a reference & link to this philosophy of yours – this phrase should become a standard of common courtesy and internet etiquette for generations to come! http://www.monkeybarmanagement.com/rules-of-the-game/

  4. Ameena, I was so pissed when I read about that situation, it was as low life as it gets. All my sites have the no copy warning, but I was wondering if the Creative Commons licence you have here helps? That may be a good thing to put up, I have been thinking about it for a while now

    • Well, from my experience it is not something someone listened to. 

      But! I have had a few wonderful people email me and say they read it, used my images respectfully and asked me to check if they did it right … 

      So yes, it is something that is useful to have especially when it happens, at least it is something to refer to. 

  5. Ameena, thanks for the love link and kudos on my post. I found it so upsetting to see this blog thief try to pull one over on you with her multiple sites that I had to respond in some way.

    And your take on inspiration is spot on. Ironically, I wrote another post on the topic of inspiration called “How to Steal Your Way to a Successful Brand” http://bit.ly/J5BDXq. Of course, it talks about the proper way to ‘steal’ inspiration.

    I hope this ordeal is over for you and I’m wishing you a fabulous weekend! Xo

  6. Ameena, You are a leading edge thinker and an inspiration. Thanks for helping us to rock our ethics like we need to! And, I know it for sure: There is only one Ameena Falchetto in the world. Nothing can last that’s been built on a borrowed foundation. Rock on, Mamacita, Robin

  7. Hi Ameena,

    I’m sorry to hear about your experience. I read about it on Facebook as well. I don’t understand why someone would do something like that. Your quality and creativity is fantastic, so I understand why someone would be inspired by you. But not to steal.

    Stay awesome 🙂

  8. Sorry you had such an experience, Ameena. People these days do all sort of stuff to build a business, fast and easy. Some copy the content out of ignorance, others do it knowingly.

    Anyways, if it helps, I use Tynt to track when my content is stolen (it doesn’t necessarily stop the copy caters, but includes a link to our site along with the text they copied).

    Jeevan

  9. Hi Ameena,

    Thanks so much for this article. The great scientist Isaac Newton once said: “If I have seen a little farther than others, it’s because I stood on the shoulders of giants.” In other words, each of us are born blank slates and every word, sentence, concept and idea that we have was learned from somewhere at some point in our life. Our creativity simply allows us to build upon what we have already learned and add our own unique perspective.

    I agree that the creative mind is a wonderful mechanism and that theft of another persons work is completely wrong. You said it well! Seeing another persons work and being inspired to create something new and uniquely yours from it is what drives all creativity. But just stealing it outright and claiming it as your own is a disservice to both yourself and the original creator.

    Always aspire to be unique. 🙂

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