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You know who you are

There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft… When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.

Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner)

These words by the incredibly talented Afghan-born writer Khaled Hosseini capture the ugliness and cruelty of theft. If you believe in a god – any god – then truly all sin is rooted in theft. If you are an atheist (as I am) it surely should be core to your personal values that you do not steal.

The stealing of words is no less dirty (though perhaps not as brutal) than any other form of theft. It shows a weakness of character and an absence of morality. It defines the perpetrator as being without ethics, without honesty and without pride. It reveals them as a person who cannot be trusted, cannot be liked, cannot be admired.

It lowers their worth and standing as a human being.

To the person who is stealing from me – I know who you are.

I can, and I will, l expose you at any time. I enjoy that power I have over you.

But more important. You know who you are. You know you are nothing more than a common thief.

And you know that I pity you and I despise you.

Without my words you are a pathetic, empty, talentless nobody.

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Quote © Khaled Hosseini

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Posted by on October 22, 2017 in Quotes, Still Life

 

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You know who you are

Art by Fabian Perez

You know who you are.

Over the years I have been plagued by plagiarists.

People who steal my writing and pretend it is their own.

It is theft, it is illegal, and it is immoral.

And right now, I know that you are regularly coming here and copying. You are posting my words as if you wrote them. You are a liar and a fraud, and utterly without talent of your own.

So here is a warning. I will soon be devoting serious time (and I mean serious time) every week to finding you. I am buying software which will track every stolen piece down. I also have someone who will help me. It does not matter where on the web your site is, we will find you.

And when I do, I will report you to Facebook, or Instagram, or WordPress, whichever host you use. Because you are breaking international copyright law (in all countries), and also the host’s rules. Your site will be closed down.

But before I do that, because when it comes to protecting my work I am a vicious, vindictive, vengeful bastard, I will make sure that you are truly humiliated first. I will ensure that all your followers who have been conned by you into thinking you have half a creative brain will know what a sad little fake you are.

And if your site is successful, or even more, if you have published anywhere on the web, I will take legal action. Believe me I have the money, the balls, the contacts, and the bloody-mindedness to do it. In short, I will make you feel so small that you will crawl away and wish that you had never heard of me.

So, if I were you I would delete what you have already stolen, and stop taking any more. Right now.

This is your only warning.

I WILL be coming to get you

And I will be brutal in completely fucking destroying you.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Fabian Perez

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2016 in Still Life

 

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