9th November 2019

To The Man Who Stole My Work

There is a fine line between having the same idea and using someone else’s post to copy into yours.

Sam H Arnold
Nov 9 · 3 min read

First of all, I want to say, I am pleased you liked my post as much as you did. It has been my most successful post to date on Medium. Even though it was posted in July 2018, it still earns me regular money. Not that you knew about the stats when you wrote your piece.

It is, however, not okay that you copied large chunks of it for your post. It is not okay that you used some of the same quotes as me. Sloppy work if you ask me, it would have taken you ten minutes to come up with your own quotes. You should have known better, you write all those posts on how to write a successful blog.

It is also not okay, that you virtually used the same headline as me. I knew it was a good headline when I wrote it, could you not come up with anything better?

Respect though, you included enough new material, to make it impossible to prove, you ripped my work off. For a while, I wondered if I was being paranoid, I had to seek a second opinion to ease my worries. That is what you male writers want to do to us females. Label us as hysterical and paranoid, whilst you rip our work off.

You have more followers than me, why would you want to copy my work. You speak in many of your posts about the benefits of posting 2–3 times a day. Did you run out of material, or were you lazy? I have read many of your articles, makes me wonder how many of them have origins elsewhere. Why would someone who has such an established writing career, think it is okay to take someone else’s work. Were you too big, to think you would be caught?

Ironically, the first thing that alerted me to my post was your email newsletter. You quite simply sent me a link to my post in your words.

The thing that has super pissed me off though is you chose to make money from my work. Money from my work when you make three times what I do in a month. You chose to do this in a month when I stated how important my writing was to support my family. In a month when I told everyone that I had lost my full-time job and needed all the writing income I could.

True, we all write on similar topics. There is a fine line between having the same idea and using someone else’s post to copy into yours. You, my friend, crossed that line.

Sure, put me down as a hysterical woman. Many male writers before you have tried to use the same line and got away with it. But, we will not be silenced anymore.

All that is left to say is, find your content elsewhere. I am cutting off my profile as your resources base from now on.


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UK writer & mentor. I share articles on writing, LGBT issues, parenting, mental health & more. For additional articles & mentoring details, find me on Patreon.

The Everyday Writer

A daily journal that documents the life of a part-time writer, full-time teacher and mother.

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