japonisme: parasite

06 February 2009


many of you know that this has been bothering me for a long time. i have been extremely reluctant to point a direct finger, but i feel i must do it. i had a new post all ready to go, pictures uploaded, but i am just too angry to go on.

the parasite, as parasites do, finds images on my blog, then after a bit, sometimes only one or two days, posts it on her blog. a few examples above.

i seems that since i asked her to please not lift images directly from my blog without crediting them, she finds it on my blog then, i assume, finds the image and posts it on her blog. not once has she said 'via' my blog, nor credited learning about something, nor being inspired by my blog. nothing.

she has visited my blog 16 times in the last 20 days. i never counted up before, but i've found her visits about that frequently all along. for a while there, she was spending hours every night. still no credits -- and not one single comment on my blog either.

though she's featured identical 'comparisons' as i have, always after i have, and even run poems after i've run them, her commentary i think frequently is her own. i'm sorry -- that tempers my anger only very very slightly.

ask her about this and i'll bet she'll lie. i've seen her do it. (gotta say, though: i stopped going there because of my blood pressure, so i haven't read much. but sometimes something comes up on a search....)

what came up today is arthur wesley dow. in the middle of my series on dow, she, having visited every day this week, does a post on dow. this is not a coincidence. this is a parasite.


Blogger PIGNOUF said...

Hello Lotusgreen. attention to blood pressure and visit my blog! ...:)

07 February, 2009 03:06  
Blogger n said...

This is outrageous...

07 February, 2009 04:58  
Blogger Anastasia P said...

I had no idea this was happening. It is wrong of her not to source you as a reference. I will take her off of my link list.

07 February, 2009 08:06  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

I am so sorry, lily. It is very clear that her work is directly inspired by your originality, thoughtfulness and creativity. (But I'm sure it does not make you feel better to be her "muse".)

07 February, 2009 09:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really really sorry to hear this. When I was blogging, find this keep of people used to make me sick again. I never liked that kind of person or those bloggers that posts tons of images and not even a single link to the original site / product / artist. That's too sad. I hope she stops with that.

Put a simple via doesn't hurt anyone and doesn't make anyone loses the visitors. That's just stupidity.

07 February, 2009 10:27  
Blogger balsamfir said...

Always amazing that people do this. See Aesthete's Lament for similar problems with someone else this year. Decorno had a problem a few years ago. I guess a certain percentage of people are plagiarists, and too insecure to post credit or add a link to their commentary. Of course you are the original, and eventually people figure it out.

07 February, 2009 11:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phishing scams (dA got hit hard) & outright thievery- sad comment on the state of the virtual, & by extension, "real" world. I confess, I save images from your blog all the time- but for my own personal reference & inspiration, not to be transplanted elsewhere...the idea of taking one person's hard work & translating it into work being passed as their own, minus perhaps the actual commentary- plagiarism. It sucks big time, but speaking for myself & everyone else who'c come to your blog & discovered the beauty your hard work has uncovered, don't stop because of some twit (twitess?) Please, don't make me (us?) beg.

07 February, 2009 11:20  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i'm so grateful to you all. thank you. a bunch.

i guess one of my fears is that someone could think i stole from her.

07 February, 2009 17:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lotusgreen, I'm fairly new here, but astonished and inspired by the depth of your thought and aesthetic appreciation.
Imitation may be the greatest form of flattery, but it never compares to the original.
Your work is first class, one of my very favorite sites, please keep it up! (not the blood pressure:)

08 February, 2009 12:15  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh christopher-- thank you, and welcome!

i'm really touched. by alla you.

and have resumed my practice in deep breathing....

08 February, 2009 13:23  
Blogger Martin Klasch said...

The advice I gave Pignouf in his comments, believing he was the copied blogger, I now give to you, lotusgreen. For what it's worth. ;)

08 February, 2009 18:56  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

then i shall take them to heart, with gratitude

09 February, 2009 11:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should take the time to comment more since I spend so much time here. My excuse is that there's something so blissfully serene about savoring your blog, that the clatter of my keyboard seems such a rude interruption.

Although I don't condone your follower's actions, she certainly has good taste. I'll give her that much.

Kudos to you, and many thanks for sharing such an evocative and inspirational blog with the world.

10 February, 2009 03:36  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

hi michelle-- i love your excuse and i love your comment even more.

thank you so much.

10 February, 2009 15:12  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

balsamfir--i just realized why i didn't get your comments--you were on my blocked list!?! this happened once before and i was so confused why i was never getting my neighbor's emails. that's why i checked.

happily, you are now in the right place, and, judging by your very kind comment, at the right time.

11 February, 2009 08:37  
Blogger Nancy Ewart said...

I am so sorry (but not surprised) to hear this. I try to be very respectful of my sources. I don't have any (or much) photographic ability but when I write an essay, I take jpegs from either the gallery website (with attribution) or from a common source like ArtEncyclopedia. I use quotes and also reference the books that I'm quoting - or as much as possible. That said, nothing that I write is anywhere as insightful or evocative as your website. What you have is truly original and it's a shame that somebody is copying you. Like one of your posters above, I do take images from your website but only for my personal art gallery. I have so many images in that gallery that I'd need a palace bigger than Versailles to show them and a fair portion of the images come from you. I've linked you via my blog and can't thank you enough for your presence on the web - of grace, scholarship and beauty.

11 February, 2009 10:55  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i am so touched by your comment, nancy, and grateful for it!

it means a lot that some of you actually save some of the images. me too, obviously. i think at some time (before the blog?) i thought i'd print them out and have them on my walls, and i never do.

i tried it once, turned out okay, but somehow the experience of it was less than having it here on my computer.

these are some of our riches, eh?

11 February, 2009 14:12  
Blogger Dogman2 said...

Here's a link you might like....http://www.copyscape.com/

11 February, 2009 18:57  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh my.... that *is* interesting.

thank you, dogman2!

11 February, 2009 19:38  

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