My writing has understandably become very important to me, a life line of sorts giving me purpose and opportunity to contribute to society. Suffering from two chronic diseases, I write from personal experience and straight from my heart; my works are original and entirely from my own thoughts. Whenever I can, I support others campaigning in promoting awareness of a worthy cause, and I oblige by giving the name and link to the relevant site. If I share a piece of information or writing that someone else has written, I always ask permission from the person, accrediting their name and link to a website. This is how it should be done, if you understand the laws appertaining to "Intellectual Property" which refers to creations of the mind for which exclusive rights are recognised such as any artistic or literary works.
I was upset to find a site has been copying some of my articles and passing them off as their own. This is plagiarism in its purist form - in other words, and to be rather blunt: you are stealing my work. I will not publicly put to shame by mentioning the site's name, but would urge you, to please have the courtesy that I afford others and write to me asking my permission. If you like so much what I have written, that it's worth copying and putting up on-line, please have the decency to accredit who originally wrote the piece.In today's world, with the Internet at our fingertips, easy access to copy and paste anything on-line is temptingly easy - so in future stop and think a moment, please bear in mind the person who has spent the time and effort in writing. Parkinson's has robbed me of so much, my writing is one of the few things I have left and is what keeps me going. You wouldn't steal a bar of chocolate from a sweet shop, or a pair of sandals from a shoe shop, so I appeal to your sense of decency and ask you to show me the same respect.