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Cite and Fight Against Online Plagiarism

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

The internet has allowed many people to create their own websites. Bloggers are having a lot of fun coming up with things that others want to see. They are also making money off of their blogs. As a blogger’s site grows, so does the chance that other people are going to try to use it for their own advantage. The problem of plagiarism from blogs is much bigger than many people realize.

Plagiarism has been going on for a long time and it has always been hard to detect. Students have gotten in trouble if they plagiarize material, but that did not stop them from trying. It makes sense that there are plenty of people who are going to try to plagiarize the things they see on blogs on the internet. It is vital  a blogger knows how to protect their website from this practice often called scraping. There are steps that can be taken to detect and prevent website scraping.

Use the law

It is against the law to use someone else’s material without their permission. When you do use someone else’s material you are supposed to cite it and tell people where you got the material from. As long as you do this, you are not plagiarizing. Scrapers will not cite the work they take. They will use it as if it is their own. When they do this, a blogger can take legal steps to stop them

The scrapers are committing something known as copyright infringement and you can stop them by obtaining a cease and desist order. If you have seen your material being used by someone else, you can send them a cease and desist email. The outline for these emails can be found on the internet. The email will tell the offending party that the material in question needs to be removed and that they cannot use it again.

This will work if there is one person who is guilty of scraping your blog. If there are several people guilty of plagiarism, it could be a lot more difficult to use this tactic. It also only works if you are aware of the plagiarism. If you do not see it, nothing will be done.

Detecting Plagiarism

Since you have to see the plagiarism to do something about it, you need to find a way to monitor the internet. The size of the internet makes it difficult to prevent your blog from getting scraped, but there is help available. You can place a tag in your article that will set it apart from others. The tag is a line that is buried in your article that makes an important point. You can then set up a Google alert for that tag line. If that tag line is used by someone else, you will get pinged and you will know that you may have been scrapped. From there, you can take the actions to make the plagiarist stop.

You can also sign up for services that will help you get the credit that you deserve for the work that you publish. A creative commons license will allow others to use the material that you publish but it will make sure that you get the credit for the material. There are also limits on how people can use your content.

Is it worth it?

It sounds like a lot of trouble to go through to protect the rights to your content, but it is worth the effort. If you want people to read your blog and you have material they enjoy, you want to make sure that no one else is offering the same material. You want people to turn to your blog so you can bring in the visitors your blog deserves. Once your website is scrapped successfully by one person, others will follow, so you have to stop it as soon as possible.

A good blogger will take the problem of scrapping seriously and will make sure they are doing what they can to protect their work. If you wrote it you deserve the credit for it.

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