- the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.
- “there were accusations of plagiarism”
It has not gone unnoticed that the so-called “Independent Voice” of the timeshare consumer, the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association) is using other people’s work, writings and court victories, then making it look as if it is their own.
Inside Timeshare for some time has been researching and reporting on one particular enterprise, Litigious Abogados. Although we applaud the fact this story is being published to inform consumers of this “Fraud”, we do however find that by not citing their source or even acknowledging where it came from downright reprehensible.
It has always been the practice to give credit to the origin of any information, either by naming who and where it came from and providing a link to the original article. In the past Inside Timeshare has done this when using information from the “old” TCA, pre Mark Rowe ownership days. TESS has recently done the same for Inside Timeshare when they published further information from one of our articles.
The latest from the TCA is the story published on their website on 16 January 2017, titled Network of Cunning ‘Lawyers’ in Tenerife. In this article they mention their has been “correspondence” from a third party, who they say were involved. In this they imply that it is they who have received this correspondence. The fact of the matter is, the gentleman in question contacted Inside Timeshare about Litigious Abogados, after seeing one of our original articles. He sent us copies of all paperwork and emails, including a statement of events.
In this statement he explained how he was contacted, the dates of the case, how much he paid and how much he had to pay in “Tax”. This information has not been published in any other place, it is exclusive to Inside Timeshare who has documents and statements from several readers.
This is not the first time this has happened, it has also been noticed by our readers in the USA, who have seen very close similarities to the articles written by our American writer Irene Parker. Again much of the information included in these articles is exclusive to the writer and has not been published elsewhere.
Link to the original Inside Timeshare article published 3 January 2017
Link to the TCA article published 16 January 1017
We leave you to decide.
This is Irene´s reply to the TCA
From Irene: Timeshare has enough warring factions. It does not help timeshare when those who are supposed to be on the same side are at odds. We hope TCA readers read IT and IT reads TCA. Like Charles, we are grateful for any dissemination of information. I am a Diamond owner and a member of the 7000 plus member Diamond Facebook page. Whenever I am asked about a TCA article posted, I note that two of my articles have been plagiarized. Following the conduct of responsible journalism raises both publications to a higher level of standard and accountability. I will pay closer attention to your articles and write on a similar theme crediting your work. As we say in America, United we Stand, Divided we Fall, but that is not working very well at the moment over here.
Another matter on this theme are two articles published on 20 December and 8 December 2016. These refer to rulings made by the Supreme Court in Spain, against various timeshare companies and resorts. At no point do they in any article refer to the law firm who brought these cases to a successful conclusion.
When Inside Timeshare publishes any article on this subject we will say who the law firm is, we have on many occasions congratulated Canarian Legal Alliance on these results and reported the court’s findings. This is true for any firm who has success and wishes it to be published. Obviously upon verification of the facts.
The TCA articles urge anyone to contact them if they have a claim, again implying they are responsible for these victories. Fine they do not actually say it is them, but the way it is written with no credits or links to original articles, the implication is there.
We wonder what their motives are and who they are passing enquirers on to, after all the TCA is now part of the Mark Rowe group of companies?
Inside Timeshare also emailed the TCA with the following on 16 January 2017:
Although I am pleased that you are using my articles on a regular basis to fill your pages, I do take a dim view that you are trying to take credit for the information.
It is a common courtesy and a fact in the world of journalism to acknowledge and give credit to where it came from. In this article you have used information supplied by one of my readers. This has not been published anywhere other than my site.
This is not the first time, many of the articles have been basically copied, with my writer in the US not very pleased that no credit was given to her or our site.
As for this company, I do agree that this information needs to get out.
But you do not do yourselves any good by this sort of action.
Research Journalist Inside Timeshare
All we received was an automated reply wishing us “Happy Holidays” and that their office will be closed until 3 January 2017.
This speaks volumes, to our mind they are not the association originally set up by the late Sandy Grey, or the new TCA set up after his passing.
Inside Timeshare leaves it to you the readers and consumers to decide who you can trust.