27/03/2013 by The Sorcerer
Yeah well… this happened!!A website owner of a PC Hardware review site TechofTomorrow reported that an Indian blogger who runs (the “CEO” of….) Hardware Pocket. Most of the content in TechofTomorrow is ripped (and some were re-written) by Hardware Pocket, even the base HTML codes and all.
TechofTomorrow has a massive fan following so this is what happened:
I wish it ended there!!! But Tech Pocket actually said the following:
All this happened within 3-4 hours. Someone even posted a VLOG to even express their anger about this.
Here’s a refresher: Rewriting content is plagiarism. Rewriting multiple content is also plagiarism. You may have the heart to rip other people’s hard work and mix it together, then use the word “inspiration”, but its not. Elric did actually contact his legal team. Well duh!!! Hardware Pocket had a “trademark” so that’s just not really cool. Fortunately he removed it, but the damage has been done.
This isn’t the only Indian tech blogger who has been doing this, but others have been doing in a clever manner. As pointed out in someone’s review thread, one of his writers (or so he claims) made some series of error, but after checking another post of his that blog, it was found that one of the graph was obviously ripped from toms’ hardware. not only that, the writer was smart enough to crop out toms’ hardware’s logo. many blogs have been doing this Writing reviews which are nothing more than features and specifications written in paragraph form and PR pictures, guides ripped from other website(s). Majority of the Indian tech blog is a sham!!! fake artists!!! They’re so good at re-writing ripped content, they might as well get a medal for it. Stop it!!! Don’t just start a tech blog but because you want to “lol” it out!
This is so wrong, and because of this, tech blogging in India is labelled as nothing more than rip-off artists.
grow up!!!!!! if you don’t know how to do tech blogging, please do people who are really doing honest tech blogging a favour: GET A JOB!!!!!
Edit: Well, looks like being crowd trolled and at least being taught a thing or 2 wasn’t enough for him as he has stolen benchmark graphs from Tweaktown. It reminds me when a particular forum (in India, infact those guys are not only Bangalore based, but Andy Ruffel at eteknix told me once that these guys ripped off their brand name few years ago to piggy back on their SEO… which btw the conversation happened face-to-face!! ) ripped my 890GPA UD3H and 880GMA review long time ago- before I started BBQ. I finally got it down, but I saw other contents being ripped off. I left it that that. But now I see those forum guys getting media samples and putting up reviews.
So it looks like this: Fill up a forum or a blog with re-written content and crop out website’s logo, change the image file name, maybe brightness, saturation, whatever, etc. and fill it up with content all day long and hope for the best you don’t “Get caught”. Go to a company and say that’ you’re a reviewer and all those awesome things enough to flatter a brand and they’ll hook you up. I am not saying its a bad thing…wait…it is a bad thing. That guy is being an asshole! 😛