It was just last week that I noted in my blog how people stole photographs of Nurul Aini‘s wedding from some of my blogger mates, edited them and made it look as if it was their own. Well guess what??? I’ve just been a victim of such uncalled for online rudeness by a certain 19-year old blogger, but this one involved my last entry on the nominees of Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008.
Inquisitive to know if other online journalists had talked about them, I searched using the search engines and found a few sites which vaguely talked about the event. Online portals across the Causeway like Cari Forum and Faizal Tahir‘s fan site, have since picked up my entry and have credited me for providing the information. That is fine, even though they did not ask for my permission first hand. But this boy takes the cake for copying and pasting blindly. How did I know??? It doesn’t take an idiot to go through my list and see that some categories were not correctly updated. He, on the other hand, copied wholesale and pasted it as though it was already the confirmed list.
Some of you might say I’m kinda anal about this and that there are no copyrights to what one types in one’s blog. That’s true, but at least do not steal and make it your own, especially when the original sender clearly said the list was by no means the confirmed one. You are only misleading your own group of readers by providing the wrong information or without putting any first hand disclaimers. Plus you do not have any respect for the person who gave you the information first hand.
To this boy, I hope he grows up and learn some proper online etiquettes. If you think asking for the owner’s permission is too big for your ego, then at least give some proper credits where it’s due. I took the trouble to provide the yeoman service to my readers by giving them the necessary information and you were extremely kind to rip it off and make it look as if it was your own, without telling your readers the list is not a complete one. Very professional indeed!!!