How do I cope with an ex-boss's plagiarism?
June 21, 2014 2:04 PM Subscribe
I write product descriptions for a small online retailler. One of our directors left, joined a competitor, and promptly used all my product descriptions on this new site. I'm fuming, but my boss says to let it slide because we're "playing the long game". How do I cope?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (13 answers total)
I take a lot of pride in the product descriptions I write, I take the time to research it and write down as much detail as I can. This means I put a lot of time in, as we're in an industry where 90% of the products have next to no descriptions, or ones that are very badly translated into English.
This particular ex-director was very trying to work for, as he was responsible for the purchasing and pricing of these products, and would require even more detailed descriptions of the products to ensure that they sold at the rate he wanted them to. And now he's taken all that hard work, and applied to another site.
I'm infuriated. And I don't understand why my current boss is refusing to take action. It's been months since I first noticed what the ex-director had done, but we've done nothing, because, as I was told, "we're playing the long game".
No, I don't know what that means either. And I pointed out page ranking and potential DCMA takedowns (despite the fact that we're in the UK) and customer confusion and all that, and my boss still doesn't want to do anything.
So since we're not going to do anything, I need coping strategies. I know I shouldn't care this much, but it's my work. I would spend weeks trying to get these stupid products into a place where everyone understood what they were and what they could be used for, and now to just have all that work considered not worth fighting for...
So how do I cope?
(And, yes, already looking for a new job. Been looking for a new job for awhile.)