Acknowledgment of Source

May 14, 2022

Acknowledgment of Source

Padmini Arhant

In the information era, the internet is a data mine comprising good, bad alongside anything goes in any genre burdening the web surfer mind to exercise discernment and due diligence.

There is no doubt internet is a phenomenon for learning, exploring, experiencing and sharing knowledge within the confines of consumable facts and figures.

Social media viz. you tube and other platform with people from all walks of life and background contributing ideas, thoughts and skills to help others is an extraordinary aspect of human nature.

From basic to complex techniques and tricks exchanged to educate and assist anyone in need is a worthy cause. The culture promotes universal love and harmony deserving much appreciation. However, the accessibility need to reach the disadvantaged, disenfranchised and deprived population worldwide.

There are a vast majority in the world lacking primary education let alone introduction to technology. The tech giants with net worth in trillion and multi- billion dollars could easily afford assistance in eliminating illiteracy in many developing nations and lead in delivering technology to urban, rural and remote areas of the world.

The considerable progress in education and technology orientation thus far is concentrated in locations and territories that are economically ahead of other regions in the world. The  areas across the globe trailing behind the urban metropolis in education and simple to advanced technology would greatly benefit from free learning and technology improving their living standard.

Now in terms of internet source – there are many engaged in different types of service that varies between free and monetizing for livelihood, supplement income and even hall of fame. There is nothing wrong with it as long as it does not happen at anyone’s  expense.

Again the variation in this context is from altruism to narcissism. The latter is a major concern as that triggers tendency for exploitation.

Generally, good sense of ethics and rationale among human beings would naturally guide them to practice honesty and integrity. These individuals would attribute credit to sources upon materials and products or service availed from anywhere.

Then unfortunately, there are those members who unabashedly use other’s content, intellectual property, lifestyle, mannerisms and even identity for personal interests and exclusive benefits.

The trend is known as plagiarism, copyright infringement and identity theft whenever there is willful violation with the intended purpose behind such act being personal benefits through misrepresentation.

The tragedy is, the behavior more common among certain members declaring themselves highly educated, powerful and professionals in their own rights. The enthusiasm and overzealous cover up of these conspicuous flaws expose them at a greater level known or unbeknown to them. Such trait pose a major credibility factor for them.

There are several examples of such conduct in the sprawling expansive cyberspace and physical world.

The case in point as proof in this respect is the topic 108 Number significance – published on on June 11th, 2019.

The Meaning Behind 108 in the Universe, the Divine, the Body, the Tradition and the Practice


Subsequently some self-proclaimed theorists and researchers have attempted to explain this concept just merely changing the title as 108 – The Secret of life and The Secret of 108 etc. in the video format or vlog published on May 2nd, 2020 – nearly a year later.

The content from the original publication in 2019 in this topic absorbed and reproduced later by someone else without any mention or reference to the original source raise legitimate question on the extent of copyright breach. 

Similarly, tips on healthy living from specific you tube channel narrative on lifestyle captured in unlawful unauthorized surveillance and presented as own substance for profit and popularity is yet another intellectual property transgression.

Such violations are the norm in the exploitative means  to beguile trusting eyes and minds unapologetically claiming proprietorship.

The demeanor misleading audience could only last for limited time and sooner than later the toupee flying off unveiling reality leaves the subject the laughing matter.

Acknowledgment of the source duly ascribing credit where credit is due as basic courtesy and importantly mindful of legal implications on any monetary and personal enhancement from such infraction aptly define human character.

Failing that, karma inevitably catch up with flagrant conduct and contravention.

Padmini Arhant 

Author & Presenter 


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