Health Connection, which is a for-profit medical equipment supply company, has stolen from me. They have stolen my words.
My blog, “Today’s Reason for Occupying Something,” posted here on January 26, (https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/todays-reason-for-occupying-something/) has been reposted by them on their WordPress blog site (http://www.anactivelife.com/wordpress/2012/05/todays-reason-for-occupying-something/).
The administration at Medical Supplies News did not write it. I, ANNE C WOODLEN, did. I am the person who lived it and wrote it, and I am the person who is outraged by this theft. These words emanated from me as a private person, and a corporation has stolen them to boost their image and profits. Likewise, they are doing it to other people, including a father writing about his infant son’s medical equipment needs.
I am a writer and words are my product, and Health Connection has claimed them as their own. Writing is an act of creativity from the self, like the potter making pots, the soloist singing “Amazing Grace,” or the mother birthing a child, and it is a violation of one’s essential self to see that someone else has claimed your created product as their own.
At the very bottom of the article, Health Connection does post the link to my blog site but that is not acceptable. The true author’s name is posted right below the title of the article. Not, God help me, “Written by . . . administration . . .”
I am an individual, a person, a patient, and Health Connection has no respect for me. It is likely that as a customer they wouldn’t respect you, either. They are using my words to con you into buying their products.
I never have used Health Connection products. I have no affiliation with the company. I did not give them permission to use my words.
N.B. This blog was posted around eight o’clock Sunday morning. As of three o’clock Sunday afternoon, Health Connection has deleted my essay and replaced it with an “under construction” notice. The blogs that have been stolen from other authors are still posted.
I have never charged for what I write. Even my book sale price is real and actual costs for printing and shipping. I make no profit from my words. My writings are my gift to the community in the hope of making people’s lives better. All I ask in exchange is that my name be properly posted, and the link to my blog. As long as reproduction is true and accurate, as in the manner of photocopying a newspaper story, I am pleased to give permission for sharing.
But please don’t rip me off.