It has come to my attention that not one but TWO different professors (each teaching a different subject) here in Cluj-Napoca have been using either me, the writings on this website or some other material I’ve produced as teaching materials in their class. I have also heard an indirect report that a third professor in Bucharest is doing the same.
Furthermore, I happened to discover that someone used a clip of the footage I shot at the pro-Basescu rally just a week ago to make their own (amateur) clip on YouTube. Clearly this person had to have downloaded my film, sliced out the particular section (involving the man with the red umbrella, if you remember) and then added it to his (her?) own little clip.
Folks, is it really so much to just ask me for permission? I’m really not a mult-national corporation with a team of lawyers. If you ask me to use a clip from a video I shot, I’m guessing that 99% of the time I’m going to say yes. But it’s common courtesy to just ask and then use ATTRIBUTION. In other words, mention where you got it from. Did you think the Eye wouldn’t find out? Come on now. Throw be a bone here.
As for the professors, sheesh would it kill you to drop me a line, send me a little message, “hey we’re studying you for my course”? Don’t you think I’d be interested in seeing what you had to say? Or what you might find interesting about me or whatever it is I’ve done? I have to hear these stories secondhand from students with poor memories so it’s a little frustrating for me to know 1) what I did was worthy enough to use as a teaching moment but 2) nobody bothered to pick up the phone (or write an email, etc) and tell ME, the author of all this shit.
My videos don’t get millions of views but I do try to edit them as professionally as possible. My blog hasn’t had 1 million views total since I created it but I do try to write and produce high quality content for all of you, the readers. I’m clearly out here doing my thing as a one-person operation and yet people are ripping me off and throwing my material out there to the public without even so much as a “hey by the way”. Christ.
In case you’re a Romanian who is reading this now or in the future and thinking of using my stuff for your own purposes and you’re too retarded to have some common sense, here’s what you need to do.
1 – If you’re linking to something I wrote on the internet, you don’t need to do anything. Something called a “trackback” lets me (and others) know about it.
2 – If you want to cut and paste my shit, tell people where you got it from. “Hey this is from Sam at website blah blah”.
3 – If you want to download and steal my footage that I stood in the hot sun for two hours to film, write me a note and ask my permission. I’ll probably say yes.
4 – If you’re too retarded to ask my permission, put some text on your video “SOURCE: SAM CEL ROMAN” or something.
5 – If you copy 85 pages in a row word for word of my material for your doctoral disseration, be sure to use a footnote and identify your source. Oops, ignore that. That one was directed at someone else :P
6 – If you want to use me or my stuff, whatever it is, in some kind of classroom setting or anything else, hey how about a LITTLE NOTE? It won’t kill you. You can write it in Romanian. Just tell me about it. Maybe it’d be NICE for me to know something I am doing makes a difference to people, eh? DO YOU THINK IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE, PROFESSOR?
7 – If you want to translate something I wrote for your own blog/website, etc, go ahead. But please let me know, ok? Takes 5 seconds!!
Sheesh. I’m starting to get just a tiny bit of insight into why Ponta not only plagiarized like hell but also continues to sit there on my television week after week with a grin on his face. For some Romanians intellectual thievery ain’t even a crime at all.