I noticed that a well-known art supply store “appropriated” some original content from this site, both graphics and text (see screen grab below, click to enlarge), to help sell their CalCedar products. While the Copland photograph is from the A.P., the one they used was taken from this site. The picture of the vintage Blackwings is certainly mine (original here), and so is the underlined text (original here). The remaining text borrows from some other sites too, yet there isn’t a single attribution—and on a commercial site no less. I think it’s fair to say that this isn’t due just to some careless online image search; it’s overt theft.

You can see this sort of thing happening between blogs here and there, but it’s disappointing when such an established company—one presumably devoted to art and the work of artists—cares so little about copyright.

The problem with stealing from a site like this one—whose content is so particular (and is so infrequently visited)—is that it’s easier to get caught.

[Here is the original link. Page removed.]

Update 2/29/12

I couldn’t help noticing that while the page for Blackwing pencils was completely re-written, the same author chose to plagiarize again!

That passage comes directly from Doug Martin’s account of the Blackwing at pencilpages.com. And not only was it copied word-for-word, but likely copied and pasted since the source material also has a comma missing from “1100”:

Doug Martin's Original

Even if once is a “mistake”, twice is a pattern.

Furthermore, this is not what Chuck Jones said:

Leslie Flax has embellished something that to my knowledge, was first referenced on this blog:

from Blackwingpages.com