Recently, there have been some very high profile cases of well respected photographers (Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon among others) who blatantly plagiarized copy from blog posts and tweets. At SLR Lounge, we have never wanted to “slander” or call attention to people in a damaging way. While it was disappointing news, we have tried to avoid these “industry drama” centered articles that called out individuals for bad behavior as most seemed to make mountains out of mole hills.
But, it appears that staying silent isn’t helping, and this go around we felt like we had a responsibility to not be silent. After watching the video below, perhaps you will agree.
Watch the Stolen Workshop Video
Today a video was posted by Pennylane Productions, which shows a Adam Forgione giving a series of workshops in 2011. Rob Adams, a videographer, slated to speak at WPPI 2014, took Adam Forgione’s workshop and then appeared on CreativeLive with his own wedding videography workshop. The following is video clip is a side by side comparison of Adam’s workshop and Rob’s CreativeLive appearance and the verbiage is astounding. Almost word for word in many instances and rather obscure references spoken line for line.
PASSWORD = stolen
After watching the video, we were quite shocked. Granted, we understand that it is possible to do a lot of “skewing” in the editing process. Video can be edited to make things appear to be much worse than they actually are. In addition, a lot of the subject matter of this workshop could be considered “common knowledge” type subjects.
But, that still wouldn’t explain why Rob happened to use the exact same microphone and drop demonstration. Why he referred to the same songs in his explanation of music timing (which he also did incorrectly). Or perhaps why the slides, and the equipment used was virtually identical. There was simply too much direct replication rather than an effort made to put it into his own voice.
Using someone else’s work as inspiration and trying to emulate with your own style and twist is one thing. We all “steal as artists” to some extent in that we are constantly borrowing and remolding ideas. Rarely is there ever something truly original. In addition, invariably, there are also the cases where a copywriter or a marketing team was hired and “they” take the content from who knows where and post it for the photographer. There are instances of “miscommunication” and so forth.
However, it appears that what Rob has done here is clearly not any of these things, it appears to be direct plagiarism. If you hold yourself out as an educator, if you put yourself in the spotlight in order to make money off of students, it is your responsibility to make sure that the content is indeed, yours.
We want to see if you agree whether things like this should be brought into the spotlight. If people know that their behavior will be made known to others, perhaps it will help in preventing unfortunate instances like this one from happening.
As always, your comments are welcome below.