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Discussion in 'Tes Authors' Group' started by MissHallEnglish, May 20, 2016.

  1. MissHallEnglish

    MissHallEnglish Occasional commenter Forum guide and community helper

    Let's say, hypothetically, that you've been uploading resources as and when you can & you've been thinking very carefully about the wording of your resource description, to make sure it is informative & useful to a potential customer. We also might imagine these resources are selling relatively well.

    How might you then feel, (hypothetically of course) for another author to have copied some of your resource description (not all but it's clear to see the bits that are) into their resource description?

    Let me be clear, I don't have a problem with similar resources - this will be inevitable and healthy for TES and teachers, but should I be able to distinctively see my descriptions elsewhere?! (Hypothetically, of course...)

    Ideas/comments/suggestions welcome.
     
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  2. TheGingerTeacher

    TheGingerTeacher Established commenter Forum guide and community helper

    Hmmmm... this is a tricky one, seeing something that works and using it could be seen as good business sense, however I can see it being annoying if you worked on it and someone else used it. Personally I dont worry too much about description because I feel that customers responded to the products more than the description... just my opinion.
     
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  3. MissHallEnglish

    MissHallEnglish Occasional commenter Forum guide and community helper

  4. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

    Hi @cate_h ,

    On the one hand,"Imitation is a kind of heartless flattery"(Eustace Budgell,1714) ,
    "Imitation is the sincerest of flattery"(Charles Caleb Colton,1820), so your consideration to wording has proven successful.:)

    On the other hand, we are supposed to be
    professionals,so it must really grind - particularly as an English teacher - to (hypothetically )face being plagiarised.:mad:

    Solutions ( no particular order)
    Be happy that they feel the need to copy your success and take no action.

    Send a private message to the TES author involved.

    Review the product.

    Contact TES.
     
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  5. languageisheartosay

    languageisheartosay Occasional commenter

    I think there are sites that can pick up on 'plagiarism' e.g. for exams - how much copying is definitely a lift etc. If one is getting picky about copied stuff whether it's an image or text I think an informal cease-and-desist type note is definitely called for; but maybe on TES it could be couched in fairly friendly terms and direct to the OP before asking for official intervention.
     
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