It hurts when you are betrayed by someone. It hurts more when that someone is an old friend who you really trusts.
As some of you might be aware of I did conduct some PHP + MySQL training in 2005 and 2006 – and of course I made some slides. Not a course ware. For some reason people refer to the training slides as course ware. Oh well that’s still OK.
Back to the story, this old friend was actually a trainer himself, looking for trainers in PHP + MySQL as he does not really give training on the subject. When I first provided the slides, he said to me that he is going to release them under Open Document Licensing which is fine with me since I like sharing. After the training sessions, I heard people mentioning that he sold the slides as “course ware” for RM600.00 – well I forgave him. Maybe he was desperate for money.
Since December, a representative from Iverson called me asking whether I am available for training. Of course, I am not since I am working full time now with a busy schedule. This week, I found out that the Iverson contract was released under OSS for training, and Iverson has already gain possession of my training slides – sold by the “friend” to them. I am going to call Iverson tomorrow to ask for the exact story.
So anyone out there who have been trained in PHP + MySQL and you have a copy of my slides, or it was used during the training not conducted by me – guess what? I never sold my slides as course ware. I would appreciate it if you could inform me. Of course it’s not your fault but this is my mission to find how many places he have sold my work to – without giving me any royalty whatsoever, let alone asking me for permission. I think I wouldn’t have ask for any payment if he asked me directly.
You will see my name on the slides, if he have not changed anything. I trusted a guy too much by giving him the PowerPoint source. It was my mistake after all.
But now, I am pissed. 🙁