Gracie Barra website. Let me explain:
Earlier this year I wrote a tournament report about the BJJ British Open in Birmingham and it was published on the Fightworks Podcast website as part of their regular Tournament Tuesday section. Material from Fightworks gets reposted in various places around the internet so I was not surprised to see my report republished on the Gracie Barra blog.
However, the title was changed from "Tournament Review Tuesday: British BJJ Open" to "Prof Braulio Estima and the British Open 2009" and my name omitted. Sure, the Barra version of the article is credited to Caleb and the Fightworks Podcast, but I repeat...my name has been omitted.
If you see the original version on Fightworks, my name is clearly credited at the top and the bottom. Caleb is very good like that. He is fastiduous in giving a writer or photographer his credit. That's why I like sending him my work. He even adds my website address and a little bit about who I am.
An honest mistake?
So I emailed the contact on the Gracie Barra website with a polite notice to add my name to the piece. No response. So I email Caleb and ask if he could chip in with his request. Still no change. Now I'm really annoyed.
So Mr Gracie Barra website news writer and webmaster, the one who decided to leave my name, Seymour Yang, writer of the blog Meerkatsu, out of your 6th July 2009 news entry Prof Braulio Estima and the British Open 2009, you leave me no choice but to resort to the only weapon I have left - my voice as a blogger to out you as a PIRATE OF THE INTERNET HIGH SEAS. Take that you swine! Grrrrrrr!
Seriously though, I spend many hours writing my articles. I do this voluntarily of course and I do it for the fun and to give a voice to my passion. But it does not cost you, the swindling copier and paster, to actually give the original author a name-check. And to actually delete said author's name from your version of the article, well that is truly despicable.
I await your amendments to the article and I will accept a written apology. I won't hold my breath however.
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