It’s Not Flattery, It’s Plagiarism!

December 2, 2014

Imitation my be flattering to some, but when it comes to written content, it is straightforward plagiarism.

Every so often, I run plagiarism checks against the content at StarrParalegals, LLC. I am amazed by the so-called professionals who think it’s okay to acquire my content and use it as their own.

Don’t they understand that reorganizing the sentences, changing the name of the company, and adding a few services does not absolve them of plagiarism and copyright violations?

Seriously, these are paralegals!! Did they miss the ethics component of their training??

This is what I found today:

Georgia Peach Virtual Paralegal Services is dedicated to providing its attorney clients an extensive knowledge of FAMILY LAW, PERSONAL INJURY, ESTATE PLANNING, PROBATE AND COLLECTIONS.

By offering professional paralegal services virtually, we increase the value of our clients’ billable dollars. As independent contractors; we complete the job more efficiently and economically.

OUR Mission is to provide results that surpass expectations through our dedication to our clients.

Our services appeal to attorneys that are operating as a solo practitioner or operating in a downsizing market while trying to decrease their overhead and maintain, or increase, the value of their billable dollars. We provide highly experienced, paralegal services on a transactional basis, thereby avoiding the costs and expenses associated with full time employees.

For comparison, this is the content from my website – content I have used since 2008:

STARRParalegals is a virtual paralegal service dedicated to providing its attorney clients an extensive knowledge of Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights practice (petition preparation, litigation, adversary proceedings and preference actions), including a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies (or perhaps annoyances) of the CM/ECF system, as well as a proficiency in UCC (review, analysis and recording), and commercial transactions.

Our services appeal to attorneys that are operating in a downsizing market while trying to decrease their overhead and maintain, or increase, the value of their billable dollars. STARRParalegals provides highly experienced, certified paralegals on a transactional basis, thereby avoiding the costs and expenses associated with full time employees.

By offering professional paralegal services virtually, we increase the value of our clients’ billable dollars. As independent contractors, we complete the job more efficiently and economically.

Our mission is to provide results that surpass expectations through our dedication to our clients by …

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the blatantly obvious.

The content, in part, appears on her Facebook page and Elance profile, and has been committed to a PDF brochure (GeorgiaPeachFlyer)  – I assume this is because her website has been frozen. Perhaps her web host caught the plagiarized content and took down her website.

website frozen

I have sent the offender a ‘friendly’ email requesting that she take down and stop using my content as if it were hers.

We’ll see what happens.

One Response to “It’s Not Flattery, It’s Plagiarism!”

  1. Pamela the Paralegal

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