A few years ago, our local museum hired a story teller to come tell ghost stories at a Chataqua type event. I was excited to go see her as I am very involved in the local haunted history. A few days before the event, I got a call from a woman on the board asking me about some of our local haunts and I was telling her some of the stories.
When I arrived at the event, the story teller proceeded to go up there and not only tell all my stories, but she also told ones that were ONLY posted on my website. She gave absolutely no credit at all. I was more than a little offended - one, that a local person like me wasn't asked to do it but they sure did use my stories, and two, that the teller didn't give any type of credit at all as to where she obtained the stories.
Is that normal behavior? I am new to this and don't really know what is acceptable and what is not, but being a writer, I am fairly certain it's not a cool thing to do.
After the event, I very NICELY approached her and said, "I'm so glad you told the story about So-and-So. My friend really spent a long time digging through that historical society's papers to discover that one - it's such a cool story!"
She immediately got defensive and said had she known I was in the crowd she would have given credit.
I never mentioned a word about credit to her - so it was clear that she knew I knew the only place she could have gotten the information was from my site.
So - do you not tell people where you get the stories? Is it common practice to scavenge websites or cull information and then repeat it as your own?
To me, doing all the research and work is a hard job and people shouldn't be allowed to just take it and do what they want with it.