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another lawyer ripped off my craigslist "legal services" ad

I have a new solo practice and figured why not use the free saulgoodmanwannabe02/11/17
That's annoying. I would probably write to him. I didn hous02/11/17
Write him a polite but firm email telling him how lame he is caj11102/11/17
Why recreate the wheel, when it is already invented. prodigy02/11/17
Mention copyright infringement.... (more or less as a bluff inho2solo02/11/17
plagiarism would be more appropriate, and doesn't require re dingbat02/11/17
That guy is a bum. You can email him and call him out on isthisit02/11/17
hahaha, there is no such thing as plagiarism in law practice kansas02/11/17
lets see the ad- (maybe it is worth stealing?) tttsolo02/12/17
Same thing happened to me once. I posted, well it was a hel bigbossman02/12/17
I fail to see what the problem is. --Milli Vanilli kramer71602/12/17
Maybe that person is going to refer to you any clients that fartacus02/13/17
And? I steal from other attorneys all the time. What you thi cocolawyer02/13/17
He ripped off your advertisement that took you two minutes t notiers02/13/17
saulgoodmanwannabe (Feb 11, 2017 - 1:26 pm)

I have a new solo practice and figured why not use the free advertising CL offers and I've gotten one client from it so far.

A few days ago I was browsing the other lawyer's posted ads and noticed this guy copied my material almost verbatim for use in his own. My own ad took me about 2 minutes to draft and contained the standard BS lawyer lines like "you need someone on your side to fight for you" and then had bullet points of various issues I could handle, but seriously, how low can you go to not come up with it on your own?

Should I e-mail this guy asking why he can't use his own ideas? I imagine if he ever did snag a client he'd just swipe some other lawyer's brief from online and file it as his.

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hous (Feb 11, 2017 - 2:02 pm)

That's annoying. I would probably write to him.

I didn't think there was anything wrong with copying another lawyers brief if its on all fours. I've never done it because I never find anything that is directly on point but I pull the law portions of others briefs all the time if their work is good.

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caj111 (Feb 11, 2017 - 11:01 pm)

Write him a polite but firm email telling him how lame he is, and then if he responds, post back here and tell us what he said or did.

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prodigy (Feb 11, 2017 - 2:03 pm)

Why recreate the wheel, when it is already invented.

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inho2solo (Feb 11, 2017 - 2:12 pm)

Mention copyright infringement.... (more or less as a bluff, though, because I think you have to register your prose with the C-office before you can actually sue? But still, copyright infringement could also be an ethical issue at the guy's bar.)

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dingbat (Feb 11, 2017 - 6:41 pm)

plagiarism would be more appropriate, and doesn't require registration.

Good luck with that, though

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isthisit (Feb 11, 2017 - 3:07 pm)

That guy is a bum.

You can email him and call him out on his sh!t but I doubt he cares about your opinion of him or his actions.

You can try to BS him with an ethics complaint or copyright but that won't work on this guy. He's not a civilian.

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kansas (Feb 11, 2017 - 9:38 pm)

hahaha, there is no such thing as plagiarism in law practice. Never reinvent the wheel, and thank god for pacer.
No offense, OP, good luck to you. But don't worry about people copying your ads. Get even by cutting and pasting good arguments from appellate briefs.

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tttsolo (Feb 12, 2017 - 11:28 am)

lets see the ad- (maybe it is worth stealing?)

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bigbossman (Feb 12, 2017 - 12:55 pm)

Same thing happened to me once. I posted, well it was a help-wanted ad but still on craigslist. I was looking for a person with a particular set of skills. Few weeks later someone else posted an employment ad that had the exact same language I used. I'd already hired someone so I didn't do anything but I did attempt to brainstorm things I could do at the time. Other than pointlessly sending an email I really didn't come up with much.

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kramer716 (Feb 12, 2017 - 1:15 pm)

I fail to see what the problem is.

--Milli Vanilli

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fartacus (Feb 13, 2017 - 2:33 pm)

Maybe that person is going to refer to you any clients that contact them, and expect a referral fee.

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cocolawyer (Feb 13, 2017 - 2:45 pm)

And? I steal from other attorneys all the time. What you think you are the smartest person in the room? Why would you spend the time, resources, and energy recreating the wheel if someone has already done it.

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notiers (Feb 13, 2017 - 3:40 pm)

He ripped off your advertisement that took you two minutes to write and post on the Same forum you can ask someone to come over and pee on you while singing a show toon. Not exactly high level infringement here. Let it go.

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