This week, I discovered that another true crime content creator (Jay JustJay Harris of The AFC Matters/The AFC Podcast) plagiarized several of my copyright-protected posts from this very blog. In at least nine of the videos published on his YouTube channel, Mr. Harris read entire segments of my stories verbatim, even passing off my personal commentary within the posts as his own opinions.
Making matters worse, Mr. Harris clearly profits from his use of the hard work of others; multiple times in each video, he points out the many ways his audience can donate money to him. His YouTube channel is likely monetized, so I will not provide the link; to put it bluntly, I don’t believe he deserves the extra traffic, nor does he deserve to profit another cent from the hours and sometimes days of work I put into researching and writing each blog post.
Mr. Harris has not responded to multiple attempts to contact him, including the cease and desist letter I sent via email. He has also failed to remove the plagiarized content.
The actions of Mr. Harris may constitute criminal copyright infringement, per the United States Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/archives/jm/criminal-resource-manual-1847-criminal-copyright-infringement-17-usc-506a-and-18-usc-2319
If anyone supports this “creator,” please consider withdrawing your support.