Even though this blog is not as nearly as popular as Huffington Post or Zero Punctuation (meaning nobody reads it) I have an announcement to make.
I am not an accomplished journalist. Someone stole an article of mine. (I still have not made a penny out of writing, but that comes with the territory, I guess. And credibility. I can sneer over the rich journalists over my Frapucchino in Starbucks about how they sold out.)
A little backgroud: I wrote an article series about Florida, and life in the US as I experienced it for a Hungarian online magazine by expats (aimed for anyone, but mostly at other expats). Lo and behold, a US-Hungarian magazine also published the same article (under my name, so there’s that).
It’s really a tempest in a teaspoon, but besides feeling amused, I’m f£cking furious as well, as this is not the first time they ripped off our beloved little magazine. Had they asked, and perhaps even paid, they could have republished without any problems. A money-earning website (that actually claims to have been rewarded by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)) stealing material is definitely not cool.
Here is a screenshot as well, as who knows how long it’ll stay online. (Lawyers have been activated, as I heard.)
Oh well. At least they thought it was worth to steal, right?