Protect Yourself From Copyright Infringement

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A while back I wrote an article on how to protect your published content from being plagiarized. Just recently, I read from Mary Moh at Keep Learning Keep Smiling that two of her recipes were copied and posted on two different blogs. One of the blogs is a new blog with 400 posts in one month. Must be a really hard-working blogger! Mary contacted the blogger to remove the copied content (which included her signature), the blogger removed hers as well as the entire 400 posts. There are some really great tips Mary highlighted in her post.

Working 15 years in the corporate world taught me one very important thing and that is document, document, document! Winning a frivolous lawsuit that lasted over a year taught me another valuable lesson, evidence! You can use plagiarism monitoring softwares such as Copyscape which also has a variety of banners for you to choose from to add to your site or alerts like Google alerts to monitor your published contents. If you caught someone plagiarizing your web content, make sure you document everything! Record when you discovered the plagiarized content and copies of communication between you and the other website or blog owner. You also want to be able to prove that the content was copied. Make a screenshot or print the copied page. This will help you tremendously if you are dealing with a repeated offender. The next step is to notify the infringer and demand the content to be removed. This usually takes care of the problem.

Copyright infringement can result in legal actions especially if there is loss of profit to the rightful author. If this is the case, then of course, you should seek legal counsel.  Google takes copyright infringement seriously. In their adsense page, Google defines copyright infringement as "making a copy of someone's work without their permission". You can contact Google if you believe someone has copied your work here which outlines their policy and steps you can take to contact them.

27 comments:

Gwei Mui said...

Great post with some sound advice. I'm as guilty as the next person of forgetting this. I habitually forget to imprint orignsal content with my monogram I should do something about it, thanks for the kick up the backside.

TK said...

Thank you for reminding..Some people are just so greedy and irresponsible.I've also read the tips from Mary Moh. Have to be careful next time..

Cheryl said...

Wow, these are great points to make.

Buckeroomama said...

Thanks for the tips! I cannot believe how some people do not have scruples when it comes to outright publishing something as their own when it is not really theirs. At the very least, give credit where credit is due.

CVmom said...

Now that blogging is so competitive and a money making tool, some people would do whatever it takes to succeed. Just like the blogger with 400 posts in a month...whatever it takes...

Very good tips and advice you listed here. Thanks for sharing.

Dora said...

ok this is good for my info & knowledge as well. Thanks for sharing Rose Belle!

Mei Teng said...

Good post! Alot of dishonesty going around these days. People are up to alot of copying and using what is not rightfully theirs...including the copying of images.

Lazy Pineapple said...

ouch..I am not using copyscape..will do it right away.
Thanks for the tips you have given in your post.

KN said...

A truly informative post! I think some people just don't know that they can't copy other people's work without acknowledging the source of their info. On the other hand, we do have many out there who are plagiarizing intentionally.

Mr. Stupid said...

400 posts in a month? That's crazy. I am sure most of the posts went unnoticed. Rightful owners of a piece of content never get any credit for it.

Informative post. Have a good day...:)

outdoor.mom said...

wow - these are things i never considered. thanks for sharing. you've given me a lot to ponder :-)

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I got to know you from your original work on this topic. I'm so glad you're still keeping us aware of it.

The Enduring Spirit said...

I've had this happen on a old blog of mine..Though the contenet waws not profitable... I mean it was a few posts, a series of posts about my times at a military boarding high school... and it was copied and posted by someone as his own experience.. thankfully, that blog is gone now.. though it's shocking to see your stuff that way.. !

Autumn Belle said...

A timely post filled with good advice which I need very much. I'm so sad, I have been hit too :(

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Rosebelle, good info....I too have my own precautions re my blog.....never can tell.
Have a nice day, Lee.

Alicia said...

I can imagine how frustrating that would be. The blog world can be a small world!

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

Oooh, just what I need to learn more...I'm so very new to blogging and this is definately useful. Thank you so much!

Gina F said...

Thanks for sharing Rosebelle! I consider my blog mine and I put alot of work into my blog also. The humor in me! Ha! Ha!

:o)

Gina
motherof1princessand2princes.blogspot.com

AVCr8teur said...

I can't believe someone would be so low as to copy other people's blog posts. Thanks for the information.

Ebie said...

Thanks for the link to Mary's post. So far, I have not had any problem of copyright. It is not right to copy our articles and photos, we spend time to put our post together.

Icy BC said...

I use copyscape for 2 years now, and it doesn't stop people from stealing my content, but it helps in finding out who steals it.

Great information..

ModernMom said...

Such a great reminder! Heartbreaking that we are forced to protect out work..but true!

Wendy said...

I hope they don't, because that would seem wrong, but I can't imagine why anyone would want to steal my stuff!! I should go check Mary's tips though...

Serline said...

I guess you are not fond of "Imitation is the sincerest of flattery" either ;-)

Marvelous Mommy said...

Great post!! I need to send this link over to Natural Mommie. She had some issues with someone copying tons of stuff off her blog. :-(

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting of the Father's day post.

Btw, this copyright post thing is great! I'm shocked to read about how daring (and shameless) that person is to copy other people's blog posts (not to mention the signature as well!)

MaryAnne said...

Thanks for these tips! Now I hope I never have to actually use them...