The Weirdest Revenue Assurance Plagiarism Yet

Regular readers know I have recently been complaining a lot about plagiarism in revenue assurance, which is difficult to stop, and which I thought had reached a peak of inanity when one plagiarist even copied the cover of a book. But that was before the discovery of the following video on YouTube. Somebody has used automated text-to-speech to create a video that is effectively reading out the content of the Amazon page for the revenue assurance book written by me and a bunch of other people. Occasionally the computer-generated voice digresses from the Amazon text to encourage people to buy audiobooks, even though this is not one of them. It may not be illegal to create a video of a machine reading this marketing spiel aloud, but it leaves me speechless…

To be fair, the computer did a better job of pronouncing my name than Tony Poulos ever has!

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others.   Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a founding member of Qatar's National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum's Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group, and is an editorial advisor to Black Swan. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.   Commsrisk is edited by Eric. Look here for more about Eric's history as editor.
  • tzortzo

    Geez Eric, I’m not the only one that can’t pronounce your name right! Some people pronounce it Airick, Earick,Arick, even Erica! As for your surname, what’s wrong Prizekun?

    • Are you implying my surname is spelt with a silent ‘t’ on the end?

      • tzortzo

        Hell no, if I meant that I would have typed that! It’s a typo. Obviously the ‘u’ should be an ‘a’.

  • tzortzo

    Anyway, plagiarism is the highest form of esteem, is it not?

    • Good point! Shall we agree that I’ll republish all your articles, and your reward will be the very high esteem I feel for you? ;)

      • tzortzo

        You sweet talker, you! ☺️

  • quebradita

    So, Eric is the founding blogger at tok-rah!

    • Tokrah is one of the lesser-known enemies of Godzilla. She’s a 200-foot long centipede with 200 feet. I first blogged about her after her partial victory in the 1959 B-movie “Godzilla and Tokrah Flatten Downtown Nagoya” and am looking forward to her joining the Avengers following the announcement that Godzilla will soon be added to Marvel’s MCU.