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Protecting Our Blogs’ Contents from Plagiarists & Intellectual Property Thiefs

Welcome to the first edition of Ask A.B.

A few days ago, one of the people who stopped by at this blog asked me the following question:

With having so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagiarism or copyright infringement?
My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any techniques to help prevent content from being stolen? I’d really appreciate it.

And . . . my answer is . . .

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No.

(What a blunt answer isn’t it?! But wait a sec . . .)

While can’t stop someone from plagiarizing or stealing our blogs’ contents; we can:

  • Make it harder for them to do it
  • Ask them to remove our exclusive contents from their sites or blogs
  • And, if they refuse, get them into trouble for doing it

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Like it or not, once we publish a picture or a blog post online, it will be up for grabs

People can easily copy it into their hard drives/flash discs/etc and share it on their Facebook/Pinterest/Tumblr/etc.

For some people, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some of us can use free publicity and viral marketing.

Plus, some of the people who copy & share our contents on their own blogs or social media platforms might simply be admirers of our works and have no intention to infringe any copyright whatsoever. If they don’t credit you or link back to your original post(s) or website, you can simply ask them to do it. Or, if you don’t want to see your materials in their blogs/websites, you can ask them to remove those materials.

But, if they claim our works as their own; then, there’s nothing innocent about it. Bring in the big guns & prosecute their big thieving arse!!! They deserve it.

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Now, let’s move on to the practical bits:

  1.  We can always start by writing the usual “do not use any material in this blog/site without our written consent etc etc” paragraph on our sites’ banners or on the bottom of each of our blog post. This will not stop people form stealing our sites’ contents, but it will make some [honest] people to think twice. [Personally I’ll opt for the “please credit me & link back to my site” type instead]
  2. We can make it hard for people to copy our contents by:
    • Using a script to disable the  right click function of our readers’ mouse. (Please use Google to find the specific instructions)
    • Using Flash (only) website. Though it makes it difficult for people to save your images or copy-and-paste your contents, they can always the screen capture function on their computers to save and then (if they want) re-distribute your materials.
    • By writing each blog post on a jpeg format and disable right click. That way, someone who wants to copy our written contents has to re-type everything we wrote. This can be a little time consuming because it’s recommended to split the written contents into several jpeg files. Otherwise, it’ll take forever for our readers to load the page.

Hope this helps~

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To all of my readers: Keep the questions coming. As long as it’s something I can answer, I will definitely answer it in my blog post :)

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