Copyright in the 21st century or how “IT Gurus of Atlanta” plagiarized my and other’s articles

I thought this would never happen, but it did. I am not sure if I should feel honored that someone plagiarized my article, but someone did.

They did such a bad job at copying my article that they left one of the links in it that point back to my blog. I got a WordPress ping-back request – that is how I found out. If they put even the slightest bit of care and checked the links, I would never know.

“IT Gurus of Atlanta” is technology a consulting company in Atlanta area. A LinkedIn search reveals four employees. They may very well have more. They claim they serve both private and government clients. A couple of reviews on Facebook seem to indicate they have reasonably good customer service.

I don’t question their customer service or their technology. I question their ethics.

Consider my original article titled “JavaScript as the language of the cloud” here. Now compare it with the one “IT Gurus of Atlanta” posted. To make the matters worse, an employee of theirs named Andre Moulton (who is also a contact on the “WHOIS” records for their domain) posted the article as “written by Andre Moulton” to both LinkedIn and Facebook!

If my article were the only one “IT Gurus of Atlanta” plagiarized, it wouldn’t be so bad. Everyone makes mistakes. Consider this article that they posted on March 13th, 2017:

Intel is acquiring Mobileye, a company that specializes in chips for vision-based autonomous vehicles. The Marker and Axios first reported the deal, valued at $15.3 billion, and it will see Intel take over some key technology for its ambitions to lead autonomous cars. BMW, Intel, and Mobileye have all partnered to deploy 40 autonomous vehicles for testing on public roads later this year. Intel and Mobileye’s technology is to be tested on roads in the US and Europe.

And this original article on The Verge:

Intel is acquiring Mobileye, a company that specializes in chips for vision-based autonomous vehicles. The Marker and Axios first reported the deal, valued at $15.3 billion, and it will see Intel take over some key technology for its ambitions to lead autonomous cars. BMW, Intel, and Mobileye have all partnered to deploy 40 autonomous vehicles for testing on public roads later this year. Intel and Mobileye’s technology is to be tested on roads in the US and Europe.

How about this one, published by IT Gurus of Atlanta:

In organizations’ ongoing quest to become highly mobile enterprises, it’s become clear that Good – BlackBerry’s enterprise mobility platform – just isn’t good enough. As BlackBerry transitions customers from Good for Enterprise to Good Work, customers may want to rethink their options for mobile productivity solutions.

And the original on Computerworld:

In organizations’ ongoing quest to become highly mobile enterprises, it’s become clear that Good – BlackBerry’s enterprise mobility platform – just isn’t good enough. As BlackBerry transitions customers from Good for Enterprise to Good Work, customers may want to rethink their options for mobile productivity solutions.

“IT Gurus of Atlanta” claims to have 25 years of experience in IT. I dread learning what intellectual property they violated and how much of it that belongs to others, their customers, and their partners in those 25 years.

8 thoughts on “Copyright in the 21st century or how “IT Gurus of Atlanta” plagiarized my and other’s articles

  1. It’s a fake company
    The owner is andre moulton
    And they are trying their hardest to look legitimate but lack ethical and moral integrity .

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  2. Unfortunately in business there will always be individuals which try to take down a company because they are successful and because they are willing give the quality and services that others refuse or are incapable of doing. For that reason you get reviews such as this one being left.

    I know this company and they are truly ethical. I worked for them for many years and even though I am with another company now, it is people such as this that make me sick to think how they operate knowing in their mind and heart that they are wrong for writing such horrible things against this company.

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    1. Kevin, you can verify every claim I made. They copy, verbatim, word for word, articles from other websites and publish them as their own. That is called plagiarism and it is unethical and illegal.

      When I noticed they plagiarized my work, I asked Andre Moulton repeatedly to take down my articles and only when I got my publishers legal team involved did he do so. That is not ethical behavior.

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  3. Truly shameful is this article and the individual writing these negative statements. I have done business with this company and they are nothing short of exceptional. I cant speak on everyone else’s experiences, but my company has had great experiences.

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    1. Why don’t you take the articles they publish on their website and google them. You will find they are copied verbatim from someone else without attribution.

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  4. Mr. Dulin,

    If this company that everyone is writing about has removed the articles you claimed they copied, then why is your article still publicly bashing them? I believe that if they have done the favor or removing anything remotely related to your claim, then should you do the same?

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  5. Mr. Dulin,
    I believe you and I feel the others that posted on behalf of the company were either paid by the company or are the company. Perhaps they are good to some clients…I don’t know. What I do know is that they are disrespectful to their consultants, do not pay them even after a net 30 pay term, lie about reasons for non payment and ask for another 30 days to pay.

    I find these practices very unprofessional and wonder if Microsoft would continue being a licensed partner if they were aware of their practices. No one wants to be associated with this kind of behavior especially when many families’ well-being is put in jeopardy due to non payment. If they have truly been in business since 2006, as their article in Voyage ATL states (http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-andre-moulton-william-deforest-gurus-atlanta-buckhead/) then they should have figured out how to balance their books by now to be able to pay their employees on time, no excuses.

    After promising payment, then not receiving it, they had to come up with yet another excuse. Their latest excuse is that a client check bounced and they were dealing with a catastrophe due to this. Unprofessional, dishonest, and self-centered to think their lies and neglect are acceptable. I hope the consultants that already did the work will get paid what they are due. Maybe a class action suit would wake them up!

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