Flattery, but not in a good way
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but sometimes this happens in ways that are not so nice. In the creative enterprises, like publishing, flattery can take specific forms of misappropriation of work. I have evidently been flatttered many times in this context. Currently:
- I am flattered that Scribd has taken my published set of notes for introductory heat transfer, which I furnish freely to students under a Non-Commercial Creative Commons copyright License, to sell commercially from their website (in violation of the CC copyright). Evidently, the good people at Scribd have graced many individuals with such flattery. You might choose to pay them for these notes, but it might be better to obtain them here for free.
- I am flattered that some of the good faculty members at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland have copied material from this same set of notes (published in 2005), without attribution, to republish in their own book in 2011; e.g. their example on page 19 is taken essentially word-for-word from example 3.2 page 19 from my work and they even appear to have scanned my figure directly into their book.
I would appreciate being made aware of any other cases in which I might have been flattered in such ways.