"It is NOT PLAGIARISM to rewrite a story that has appeared elsewhere. ..."
- David Richards, "journalist"
I've never taken a journalism class but I'm pretty sure that David Richards is quite mistaken in this claim.
The faux journalist of Australia-based SmartHouse and ChannelNews used this line to justify stealing -- er, "rewriting" -- my story about Lutron's lawsuit against Crestron.
Granted, his ENTIRE story isn't lifted from mine verbatim. He has a few typos and he Australianised some words. The last time SmartHouse plagiarized us (and TWICE and others), David claimed that a rogue former employee hacked into the computer system and inserted the stories onto his server. (View the video -- priceless!)
But this excuse is even more priceless.
"Firstly this is not your story just because you wrote it first. ... My story is a total rewrite of a similar story that you had. ..."
He thinks he's not plagiarizing because the original story -- mine -- "was poorly written, boring and contained a lot of irrelivent "
Yeah, the guy can't spell either, or end a sentence.
Just for grins, do a Wikipedia search for David W. Richards.