It’s called content theft! Check to see if you’ve had content stolen from your Website.
I did, and found that someone had plagiarized one of my articles and sent it to a Website that published it under her own name. It was copied word-for-word. After I contacted the Website owner, he gladly change the author’s name to mine and posted a brief bio and link to my Website.
Copyscape is the world’s leading plagiarism checker. Copyscape isn’t foolproof; it may miss text that has not yet been indexed by Google, but it’s a good place to begin.
Go to www.Copyscape.com – Copyscape empowers you to defend your site against the threats of online plagiarism. Copyscape provides a free service that allows you to easily search for plagiarism and identify instances of content theft.
Copyscape finds sites that have copied your content without permission, as well as those that have quoted you. Their “Resource Center” offers links to guidelines regarding Internet plagiarism. Simply type in the address of your original Web page, and Copyscape does the rest.
In defending your rights online against plagiarists, it’s important to be both vigilant and proactive. These four easy steps should help protect your content from being stolen (Source: Copyscape):
1. Place a plagiarism warning banner on each of your pages to deter plagiarists from stealing your work.
2. Include copyright notices on each of your pages to assert ownership over your content (© is © in HTML).
3. Use the automatic Copysentry service to detect and identify illegal copies of your content as they appear.
4. If your content has been copied without permission, take immediate steps to have it removed.
It’s a FREE service AND they also have a fee-paid monthly service called “Copysentry” which automatically monitors the web for copies of your pages, e-mailing you as soon as they appear.
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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com
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