“I have no doubt he actually flew on the flight, but his plagiarism is infuriating,” “Andy” wrote. The blogger also addressed Derek Low in a separate post ‘educating’ others interested in his content on how to ‘share’ it appropriately:
“To the guy who stole my stuff: first off, thanks for reading Andy’s Travel Blog. Second, your theft was unnecessary, your post was already better than mine! You told a wonderful story and had beautiful photography. You’ve removed my images and changed enough of my exact text to the point that you’re probably in the clear legally, but those are still my jokes in your article, and I know that you know that I know. Enjoy the publicity from your post, I hope your wildest dreams come true from it.”
Naturally, netizens have been rallying around the bloggers that have apparently been taken advantage of by Low, whose supposed work has made him an overnight internet sensation.
One “monsieurlee” said, “12 hours later I’m still pissed about this asshole, and he didn’t even even steal my content. Fuck Derek Low. Spoiled little shit obviously didn’t take an ethics class.”
Others have asked “Andy” to report Low to University of California, Berkeley, from which he’s apparently graduated.
According to “Andy”, the plagiarised content has been removed from the blog post, which is still live.
Top photo: dereklow.co