Plagiarism of the Compilation
of Philippine Medicinal Plants
Under the Guise of Fair Use
The compilation on Philippine medicinal plants has been my work passion for more than a decade and a half. The work involves the endless and arduous task of searching and adding new plants, editing and updating for new studies.
In the spirit of information sharing and for the purpose of educational use and occasional informational needs of plant enthusiasts, students, and researchers, I have kept the the “copy-and-paste” option available, and have occasionally allowed limited commercial use of copyright materials and photographs by starving artists publishing plant works. I have seen its content and photographs appear in many sites and publications, often with the appropriate attribution.
However, there have been recent flagrant thefts of StuartXchange intellectual property. While most have been limited thefts, one egregious abuse of copyright and plagiarism was a commercial site that stole the whole compilation of Philippine medicinal plants—lock, stock and barrel, a copy-and-paste theft of more than a thousand entries of medicinal plants, including typos and misspellings, together with hundreds of photographs, without any attribution—under the guise of educational and fair use, with no other purpose than the devious end of diverting traffic into their website.
A later addition of attribution after unauthorized use of more than a thousand pages does not justify or minimize the theft and deceit.
While StuartXchange seeks avenues of redress, in the spirit of information sharing, I am keeping the StuartXchange website format open and accessible to users.
I truly appreciate the time taken by some visitors to inform me of the abuse of StuartXchange information. I am also very grateful for the letters of appreciation for the compilation on Philippine medicinal plants and its free and easy accessibility.
© Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., M.D.