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.

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