Some Palestinian Facebook Pages "Stupidly" Copy from Us
Open Source is about respecting others' efforts, not copying and stealing. In this post, Issa Mahasneh shows how several Palestinian open source Facebook pages are copy-pasting content from the Jordan Open Source Association not only without attribution, but claiming they did JOSA's work and making stupid mistakes.
Before some weeks I mentioned about how some Facebook pages and groups of several Palestinian open source communities are stealing content from us without providing proper attribution.
When we first converted our two-year old Creative Commons Jordan Facebook group to a page, we realized that after minutes, a similar page has been created for Creative Commons Palestine, although we know that creators of the page have nothing to do with currently almost non-existent Creative Commons supporters from Palestine.
A wider research shows that almost all the open source related pages from Palestine are just copying from Jordan Open Source Association and affiliated pages, the Palestine Free Software Community page for example has just a copy-paste description from our page, as you can see from the following image:
Copying without attribution is not only illegal, but it is ethically wrong and it is commonly known as plagiarism, see how the "Middle East Open Source Community" page -which is running from Palestine- copied from our page and changed our name with theirs!
But since we all know that who blindly copies from others is not just non-creative but he is also stupid, as they are consequently copying all our content even without knowing what it is about, you can discover their level of stupidity and dumbness from a status they copied from us two days ago:
They have copied a link from the 2011 Status of Mozilla Report that states that Mozilla Jordan organized the Arabic Mozilla meetup in Amman, in the description the "Palestine Mozilla Community" changed Mozilla Jordan to Mozilla Palestine, claiming that they organized the Arabic Mozilla meetup in Amman.
I restate that we have no problems with others that copy from our content but this should happen with a proper attribution, this is what Open Source and Creative Commons say, but they seem not to know anything about Open Source and how to respect others' works. They should educate themselves about Open Source principles before just creating these pages and stealing from us.
UPDATE WITH CLARIFICATIONS (Tuesday, Oct 18th)
1- I apologize if my article has been understood as accusatory in regards of the Palestinian Open Source Community, when the article was first published it had a title that looked as if it was assuming the Facebook page named Palestinian Open Source Community was accused, something that I did not mean and I was very happy to change when I was first contacted by Mohammed Jebrini from the Palestinian Open Source Community.
2- The Palestinian Open Source Community has released an announcement about the article, I invite you to read it here. I take the opportunity again to stress on these great guys and the good work they are doing in the community.
3- I was informed that the four pages I mentioned in the article (as well as others) are administered by a single person, who formally apologized to the Jordan Open Source Association. Regarding this matter, I would like to say that is now solved and closed, we agreed on how similar actions will not be repeated and we will be happy to work on future collaboration and shared activities.
4- The article (as others on the blog) represents my personal point of view, that even if shared by different members of our organization, does not represent in any form the official opinion of the Jordan Open Source Association.
On a side note, I would like to thank Mohamed Saleh and Saed Shela, two formidable guys in the Palestinian IT community, their feedback and good words were really valuable. Mohamed is a great hardcore IT professional who I more-than-respect, and Saed is, first of all, a long time friend, university-mate and we cheer for the same football team... which is always a plus :)
Again, all my respect to the Palestinian open source community and other ICT communities. I hope the Palestinian-Jordanian communities will stronger cooperate for the good of open source and the society.