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Why Not Protect Your Blog From Plagiarists?

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Ladies and gentlemen! It’s an honour to present you with the easiest and quickest questionnaire to test your luck. Just think of possible answers to the following: do you know what DMCA abbreviation stands for? what should be noted in disclaimers? what about the latest plug-ins designed to trace plagiarists? 

If you can’t answer all of these questions at once, don’t bother much, since you are the luckiest person ever, as your content hasn’t been stolen yet …

Why Do You Need To Be Cautious? 

When thinking that nobody will ever hanker after your content, you put yourself at risk. So many men, so many minds and so many attitudes towards intellectual property. Nowadays a lot of people are anxious about hitting the jackpot without making any slightest efforts to succeed. It means, that one day your blog may be attacked by plagiarists willing to benefit from what is rightfully yours. 

So, it would be better to take a number of safety precautions long before your blog gets ripped off. 

We Need A Plan … 

That’s for sure, because the outcome, which you would like to get depends a lot on what steps you will take. Agree? Then let’s think over what you can do to SOS yourself. 

Being Creative

It really means a lot. If you are a sole owner of the blog and the only person who posts on it, then everything is in your hands. The more creative you are when working under a new post, the easier it will be to detect its duplications either by means of Google or a plagiarism checker. Just choose a few rarely met phrases and look through the search results for perfect matches with your content. 

By the way, an efficient plagiarism detection tool may save much more time in comparison to search engines, as it normally should provide you with the list of sources most likely to have something stolen from you.

Dates Matter!

By indicating the date when a post was published on your blog, you may avoid possible authorship claims. Additionally, you can share a post on some of the social networks, where the date will also be put automatically or send your posts straight to your mail box, so that the date could be confirmed one more time.

Be On Friendly Terms With Your CMS 

Probably one of the most frequently used CMSs is WordPress, isn’t it? Then why not make use of a few tools specially designed to help you fight with plagiarists, e.g.:

  • DMRights plug-in that “certifies and protects the copyright and original authorship of all the contents published on your blog” [1];
  • DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) Protection Badge created “to let you install protection badges on your site in order to deter content thieves and protect your content”  [1].

Do You Want To Know Who Cites You?

Well, if you are too anxious to find out who exactly links to your posts, there is another ready-made decision from WordPress, it’s pingbacks. This way you will also get to know who can be excluded from plagiarists’ list, since receiving a pingback means that the person citing you doesn’t violate your copyright.     

However, as many times you’d like to cite your previous posts, as many times you will receive self-pingbacks, which may turn to be rather irritating … [2]  

Google Alerts May Become Of Help!  

This notification system is very convenient due to the possibility to adopt it to your timetable and select the settings you require by defining certain key words, time intervals between the messages, number of the search results to be included into the alerts’ list you will get, etc. Generally, it helps greatly to have your finger on the pulse and resist plagiarism in time. 

What About Google Authorship?

It’s one more way to copyright your works by binding your posts with Google + profile, so that everybody will be aware that you are the author!   

Please note, that you’d better check the sources mentioned in the alerts for viruses (with the help of some antivirus software verifying links) before clicking them.

Let’s Add A Copyright Notice 

No doubt, that you often come across copyright notices right at the bottom of the web pages. Normally, they include the period when a website was launched up to the current year, the name of the website and a copyright symbol. 

Having this copyright notice on your blog shows that you strongly disapprove of illegal appropriation of your content and ready to act quickly and decisively to prevent plagiarists from stealing once and for all.

Besides, you can also make a separate Disclaimer page specifying why your website was created, what your target audience is, what the website content is designed for, what are the rules of proper usage of your content, endorsement and liability matters, etc. You can find a lot of samples of such disclaimers on the Internet and adjust them accordingly. 

Moreover, if you are not very much interested in composing a long detailed disclaimer, you can apply free disclaimers’ generator as well. As a result, you will get a general disclaimer without any particularities.

Still Don’t Know How To Protect Your Image? Use Watermarks! 

Why should you do it? The answer is simple. It’s free of charge and fast, provided you have Photoshop in your disposal and know how to work with it. 

Get A Super Weapon! Copyright License 

If you made up your mind to get a license certifying your copyright, you may address to special authorized offices (e.g.: the US Copyright Office, the UK Intellectual Property Office, etc.) or agencies in your country (e.g.: Creative Commons in the US or Copyright Licensing Agency in the UK). No doubt, that getting the license is not free of charge, of course, but may turn to be of great help, once you get into trouble.

Now Relax But Keep Watching

The moment everything you’re able to do to protect your blog is done, the only thing left is to keep an eye on your “treasury” and send timely notifications to all those trying to live off your intellectual property. So, good luck!

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