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If you are looking for "A Dad's Poem" it no longer resides 
on this Website.  Though over 90% of can still be read here, 
the lines that were added to the original poem have been 
removed and the Authors Name and copyright information 
has been added to the poem

It seems that a Poem copied and used on this website was 
 plagiarized and edited though it is clearly protected under 
copyright law.  The Author has contacted this website in order 
to help rectify the situation.

The Author has had the Poem published in several books:
Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul
Stories for a Teen's Heart book 2


A Note from the Author
 Cheryl Costello-Forshey


Dear Readers:

I need your help . . .

There is a special little girl that I know who woke up one morning believing that her daddy would come home from work at the end of the day just as he’d always done. Sadly, that would never happen, and that little girl’s daddy would never be home again. He wasn’t a fireman, and he didn’t lose his life during the 9/11 tragedy of 2001, his death occurred long before that time, but he was no less heroic to that little girl, and his death was no less painful to her. It was because of that little girl’s deep love for her daddy, and her unwavering faith that his life continued on in heaven, that inspired me to write, "Daddy’s Day". It has nothing to do with the September tragedy of 2001, and that is why I need your help.

Someone, a man who shall remain nameless because his name does not deserve to be mentioned, has added lines to my poem, "Daddy’s Day", lines regarding the 9/11 tragedy. My heart aches tremendously for all those orphaned children of 9/11, but the plagiarized version of my poem refers to a fireman who lost his life on that tragic September day. "Daddy’s Day" (although written because of one little girl) was written for all the children who’d ever lost a daddy, not exclusively to the children of firemen. And one man, by infringing upon my rights and adding those lines, has taken something from me, taken something from one special little girl, and from all the children that "Daddy’s Day" was written for; children of teachers, salesmen, factory and construction workers, etc., and yes . . .  children of firemen.

The man, who has tried claiming my poem as his own, felt justified in doing so because he’d found my poem displayed on the Internet as "author unknown". "Daddy’s Day" is protected under the copyright laws, and it does not fall under public domain no matter how many times it is passed around without my name attached. But that didn’t stop one man from claiming, "Daddy’s Day" as his own, or from altering my poem with lines pertaining to 9/11. I wasn’t even aware of this man’s existence until a few days ago, and unfortunately, he wasn’t the first to plagiarize my poem, and sadly, he probably won’t be the last. That is why it is extremely important to never display, copy, or circulate any material without the author’s name attached.

I learned from a journalist, who’d received "Daddy’s Day – author unknown" in an e-mail, that by typing in a line from my poem within quotation marks into the google.com search engine that she was able to track the author’s name (myself) down within four seconds. She made me aware that over four hundred sites were displaying, "Daddy’s Day", the majority without my name attached, and numerous of those sites were using various titles. It was from one of those sites that undoubtedly, those who have plagiarized my work viewed or received, "Daddy’s Day", and the door was left wide open for them to willingly claim my work as their own. Normally in the past, it has been fairly easy eliminating the damage of plagiarists, but this latest plagiarist has caused tremendous problems for me, and I could really use your help in getting his version of my poem off the Internet once and for all. I know that it won’t be easy. I know that in all likelihood that it’s probably impossible, but it’s something that I have to at least try to do.

I myself have found over 150 sites displaying the 9/11 version (there may be more). Of course, that doesn’t include the other sites displaying my poem without my name attached. Contacting all of those hundreds of sites will be a monumental task, but I’m hoping that some of you will be willing to help me with that task. By allowing the 9/11 version to remain, I’d be condoning the act of plagiarism, as well as copyright infringement, and by not getting my name rightfully on my work, the door will continue to be left open for more plagiarists. Unfortunately, some may even profit from my work without my knowledge. I’ve already been made aware of at least two newspapers that have published my poem as "author unknown". Those newspapers made no attempt to find me; it would have been easy enough to do, but I suppose it was easier to do the wrong thing rather than the right thing.

Will you please help me in getting the plagiarized version of my poem removed from the Internet? Will you please help me in contacting the sites that are displaying the correct version of my poem, but without my name attached, or perhaps under a wrong title? I know it’s a lot to ask, but your help would mean so much, not only to myself, but also to one very special little girl.

If you’d like to help, you can find the sites displaying the 9/11 version of my poem by typing into the google.com search engine the line, "You see he was a fireman and died just this past year".

To find the sites displaying the correct version of my poem, but without my name attached; you would need to type into the google.com search engine, a line from my poem such as, "Today was daddy’s day at school".

For all of those who are willing to help, thank you and may God bless you tremendously. For those that can’t . . . I completely understand.

Hugs and much happiness,

Cheryl Costello-Forshey

Author of, Daddy’s Day©2000


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