From the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation’s “Media Watch” (original here)
The leading plagiarist in technology media, SmartHouse’s David Richards, has been exposed on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Media Watch” program for the fraud he is.
In a story broadcast Monday, Richards’ plagiarism of numerous technology stories (including my own) was highlighted as a “Phantom of the Internet.”
What? No forthright accusation of plagiarism?
Richards, of course, claims he didn’t do it. Instead, “hackers” got into his site, he says.
An investigation by 4Squatre Media has revealed that over a period of more than 24 months the content engine used to supply stories to web sites such as SmartHouse, SmartHouse News, ChannelNews and Smart Office has been illegally accessed and in several cases content changed. Code has also been hacked.
Please note that Richards DID mis-spell the name of his own company “4Squatre Media” — really professional, right? (And I’ve got the PDF saved for when he changes it and claims I lied.)
Beyond the absurdity of his excuse, here’s why there’s no chance it is true.
Richards claims he was “alerted” to the “hacker’s posts” (my quotes, not his) in early February. That’s impossible.
I have an email from Richards dated 12/19/2007, when he claims to have removed a story he stole from CE Pro written by Lee Distad.
Richards, not surprisingly, had not removed the article when he said he did. It took another email to him and his staff to get it down.
So, if you’re the publisher of a Web site, wouldn’t you be curious if a story showed up online that you hadn’t published? I know I would be.
Richards is a hack job. His excuse is pathetic, and his arrogance is even worse.
It Gets Weirder: Did He Submit the Story to Digg?
A commenter on my original story pointed me to the YouTube video below, which was uploaded by … “DavidRichardsAU.”
His profile says he’s 47 years old and located in Australia.
What? How bizarre is that?
I don’t know if this is him or not, but the image on his profile looks a LOT like the one I could find online.
Would he seriously try and promote his own plagiarism? (It totally could be him, especially considering the spelling of “plagiarizm.”)
That’s just weird.
The Media Watch Video
Check out the Media Watch video here.