[Plagiarism] How To Protect Your Copyright With A Video Camera

Last year we told the story of how Noam Galai's self portrait image had been stolen and reprinted hundreds of times around the world without his permission. What people were shocked to find out was Noam did not threaten or take legal action of any kind (instead he used the momentum to propel his career). Duane Lester of All American Blogger decided to go a different route and film his confrontation with the paper who plagiarized his work.

You can read Duane's full article on his site here. I'm all for upholding copyright and believe those who copy and paste (or print and sell) other people's work should be held accountable. I'm not sure if showing up to the front door of a copyright violator and filming the incident is necessarily the best thing to do but that is exactly what happened in this case. Duane marched into The Oregon Times Observer and demanded that the publication of his original written piece be paid for on the spot. After some hesitation, the newspaper wrote Mr. Lester a check for $500 which might have been a small price to pay compared to the full legal battle that could have ensued.

After watching this video, it made me think, if I was faced with having to deal with a copyright infringement suit, could I ever stoop to this level? It might be easy to say "no" but without having been in Duane Lester's shoes, maybe I'd be surprised by my own actions to mend such a wrong doing. What do you guys think after watching this? Are Lester's actions commendable or did he exploit this old man in a similar way his own article was exploited?

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Mike Kelley's picture

Did he walk 15 miles in the snow, uphill, to school both ways as well? Gotta love the 'back in my day...' reference.

I like how defensive he got, and eventually how he didn't even bother to call his lawyer because he knew how wrong he was. 

Oh wow!!! Nice job!  Yeah that's pretty crappy... he was even saying that the article had even copied the spelling errors from the original article... that even goes to prove more than there is no way it could have been a coincidental identical work!

Patrick Hall's picture

well in his defense, stories get pushed around the web so much that he could have easily copied a copy of a copy, doesn't change the fact of what he did but I can see how it could happen.  

John Godwin's picture

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Chase Armitage's picture

Was that really necessary? Go put some ice on your vagina

Sorry Chase, but that one had to be said.

go put some ice on your vagina too Rob... and then you and john can go ___________ (open to the public to fill in the blanks)

Oh my god I'm devastated... Your almost verbatim re-iteration of Chase's scathing rebuke has wounded me mortally... I'll never voice another opinion again.

Still.... What I don't understand is why it offends you two that a thief got caught and publicly confronted with his crime? This particular thief didnt think twice about splashing the sheriff's "crimes" all over his newspaper... How is what Duane did any worse? Patricks opinion that Duane's act was immoral clearly suggests he considers himself above such reprehensible behaviour yet he's basically done the exact same thing by publicly taking the position that Duane's approach in reporting this was somehow inappropriate and using the pulpit of Fstoppers to do it!

Here's the irony... Patrick reported on Duane, because Duane reported on Bob because Bob reported on the sheriff. Seems to me everyone's doing the same thing. Publicly trashing the next guy down the line.

Kevin Garrison's picture

Actually, Patrick simply stated he felt that it was a bit much. It was uncomfortable to watch, but a good lesson. No where did he say that Duane is immoral, you asshat.

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Patrick Hall's picture

If you like reading or watching anything without the opinions of its writers, well good luck....it can't be done :)

Corey Melton's picture


Yes it can. It's called reporting.