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UPDATE 26-Aug-2009:


Read Stop Thief – It’s #blogtheft! for more details.  He’s the Alpha Wolf on this crime.


Last night, I received a tweet about a user who provided links to blogs online.  The expletive in text speak revealed that one of the original content authors was quite displeased to find his material reproduced on a non-SAP site with his name removed.


After a brief search, I discovered my own writings copied there as well, without my name, including my byline, which I have now changed to the following:

Jim Spath  is a technical architect working for Black & Decker; his opinions are not necessarily those of his employer. Reproduction of my material outside of the domain is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

I’ll take suggestions on how to improve this grammar – it was my first reaction…


The oddest part to me wasn’t removing author names; that is brazen and worthy of an advanced middle schooler mentality – it was keeping links to images served up from the SAP community network.  I guess they don’t want to pay for a little extra storage, or are just too lazy to think about it?


For 2 of my images (out of countless screen shots, event cameos, etc.) I’ve added watermarks and re-uploaded them to the SDN site.  You should be able to track these fairly easily:




I immediately notified SAP authorities, who will no doubt respond during business hours Monday.

My general attitude when I write code, or text, for publication, is “do anything you want with this, just don’t pretend YOU wrote it.”  That’s all I ask.

The blog title is the beginning of a well known Carl Perkins tune, covered by many artists.

For lyrics, and a story of a band that never covered it on released material, see:

Alas, on a YouTube recording/video mockup the song is attributed to Elvis Presley.


and, for the record, there’s a link to Carl Perkins singing and playing here:

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  • Hi Jim
    It's always interesting to Google your own SDN blog titles and see where they end up. There are a couple of sites that shamelessly copy the content, add some Google ads and then put a little disclaimer (from at the bottom.
    I suspect there's not much you can do.
    • Michael:

        There are copyright laws, and terms of use.  We are vigorously pursuing all avenues.  Stealing from me is one thing; stealing from professional bloggers is another.

        Should you find other rip offs, let me know privately, please.


  • Seems like too much effort to protect works.  It was put out there anyway to help people.  My 1st thought is who really cares if some joe copies my information that I put out there for other people to benefit from.  I don't think joe is going to benefit too much from doing that. Now if he was a popular individual I think I would out him.   I think most people know where to go for the original works.
    • Kenneth:

      1) Removing my name from content that I write dilutes my reputation.  I attach value to that.

      2) Google may be paying someone as if they were the artist, not me.  That's hardly fair.

      3) Fouling up my hand crafted HTML and making the content appear sloppy is offensive to me as a hacker.

      Otherwise, life is good.


  • Many thanks for the suggestions and alerting all of us Jim! To my horror, even I found my first blog post outside SCN on some random blog site.

    Following your tips, I've updated the images for my next post.