Letter to Romenesko
From SAL CHRIST: I’m a music journalist based out of Denver and a couple of weeks ago, I discovered that articles I wrote (and that my colleagues wrote) for 303 Magazine were lifted and re-posted to two other websites as their own original content.We received an apology from a “Dmitri Dercacenco” and the assurance that all of the stolen articles were taken down.
However, after pilfering through the websites, several other 303 articles were found and remain live. In addition, I discovered that virtually all of the articles on these two websites are lifted from other publications — Grazia, Styleite, several bloggers, and numerous un-credited AP articles. As of Tuesday evening, everything is still live. I have blogged about the situation here. There are far more plagiarized sources than I list in my blog post — I have not had time to assemble a proper list.
Additionally, digging around online (Whois look-up, googling the respondent’s name/email, etc) led me another website owned by the same individual. An example of the plagiarized work is below. There are a ton of plagiarized Guardian (UK) articles on the website in question.
I have contacted some of the publications, but have yet to hear back.