Saturday, July 28, 2012

Plagiarism - the sickening truth

I was pretty shocked when a friend of mine sent me a screencap with my image used and then attributed to Aquapress Bleher.

The latest plagiarism stunt in PFK's Definitive guide to Channa.
I have great regard for the team at PFK for it being the single most source of a ton of information for hobbyists of all levels. Seeing the image on a PFK article is something I would've loved, but not in these circumstance(s). They were kind enough to respond back soon with a statement that the images came from Heiko Bleher.

The second image in the first row is mine

Did someone happen to "place" it in Aquapress' image library too?

Below is the link of the "original" image and the accompanying pictures during the field trip.

I willfully give my images to people who are courteous enough to ask, but instances like these are what triggered me into using copyright symbols in my images.

I am appalled seeing plagiarism at work from a name I've read so much as a hobbyist about. The levels the so-called "Explorers" can stoop down to can surprise you.