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Internet Plagiarism Copy Right Protection

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Has the senses of ethics been deleted with the creation of online media?

Teachers and college professors are continually trying to ensure that a student's work is they're own and not copied from the internet. There was a report about a high school teacher who had failed several students because she had caught the students cheating. The students had copied they're assignment directly from the Internet. When the teacher failed the cheaters, the parents were mad at the teacher and not the students. By the teacher's standards, it was cheating. By the parent's standards it's efficiency. But what happens when the words you write creates a blog entry or a website article? When words suddenly have a value beyond a high school letter grade, cries of plagiarism are heard in waves across net forums.

I'm new to content writing and blogging and I admit I have a lot to learn as well as accept. One of the things that upset me every time is when I come across one of my articles or blog postings on social book marking sites or writing community such as Live Journal. I use Stat Counter to track how well my sites are performing and what generates traffic. A couple of times I've engaged in some detail work to learn why a particular web site link was interested in my site. This was how I have found my work or parts of my work used on anther's site without a reference to me or the original work.

The first time this happened, I sent what I thought was a friendly email letting the person know how hard I worked on the particular article and asked for credit. This was sent to what was a friend at the time and I thought it was a simple misunderstanding. In spite of what I thought was a friendship between the two of us, he thoroughly chastised me for calling him on it and even went as far to call me insulting names for not allowing him to use my work and call it his own. I was devastated; this had been someone I had been friends with for almost ten years. I didn't know what I was supposed to do and I learned about the existence of plagiarism.

When a blogger takes the content of someone else's blog and than posts it into their own blog without crediting the original source, how can plagiarism be verified? I know some of the writing and social communities I use have Backdate Entry options. So who is to say that the plagiarizer didn't come up with the content first, and the other person copied it?

A career for those who love to write

As I researched sources for this article I discovered that Plagiarism is a fairly hot topic among Content Writers and bloggers. How can you protect yourself in an ocean of available content? One of the easiest forms is to always use a Copyright. What is a Copyright?

According to the website What is Copyright Protection?»» a copyright is: a protection that covers published and unpublished literary, scientific and artistic works, whatever the form of expression, provided such works are fixed in a tangible or material form.

The US Copyright department has a website which lists a variety of tools and resources. However there is a registration fee of $45.

Mark Evans wrote an article called Tracking Down Plagiarism»» where he writes about companies that monitor content on blogs and Web sites to ensure that your work is not being reproduced in someone's name.

Here are a couple of the online companies I found that can assist in preserving your original work.

Attributor
Attributor assist writers and publishers to ensure original accountability for online content use.

Blogwerx
The Blogwerx website says they have the solutions to blog content theft and plagiarism.

RepTrace
Rep Trace looks to be the higher end tool for writers. They're a self named intelligence tool in monitoring not only your original content, but your online reputation.

There is also, Plagiarism Today which offers some interesting and very helpful articles on finding and preventing plagiarism.

The mantra of "if you did not write it, then you should reference it" should be the first lesson for anyone who wants to be a Content Writer / Blogger. The elementary lessons of a sense of ethics, original thought and responsibility should have been learned in grade school, but apparently a refresher course is needed.

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