Blind Item: They Stole Our Deck!

By Patrick Coffee 


Here’s an agency ethics question from a reader to go along with the almost completely accurate stock photo above.

Reader’s former agency colleague has since moved on to a bigger gig as a consultant overseas. Good enough — but when this colleague shared the notes someone took from a recent presentation on the old social media, reader noticed that:


“…the presentation contained content that was lifted, word-for-word, from the old agency’s deck.”

Reader knows this because reader has a copy of the deck to which he/she refers from time to time…for reference, not as a source for new “thought leadership.”

The question: should reader call out former colleague or just sit in silent judgment of an industry professional swiping someone else’s work and calling it their own?