Posts tagged with ‘copyright’

  • Weekend Reading: Content Theft

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 7, 2014
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    If you've ever run a website or blog of your own, chances are good you've had some of your content stolen. This can be an especially frustrating situation if you find that the thief took not only one of your articles, but the entire contents of your website or blog through scraping. I'm currently working on a guest post for […]
  • Avoid Plagiarism by Copying Yourself

    By Clint Osterholz on December 8, 2010
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    I discovered that I am one of the greenest people out there. See, last year I wrote this article about the holidays on giving gifts and maybe doing freelance writing for family members instead of actually giving out presents. Funny, as an article, but not great. I don't think I'd put together something like that now like I did then, […]
  • Don't be a Victim. Stop Content Thieves Dead in Their Tracks

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 11, 2010
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    If you blog, you'll likely come across at least one content thief in the process. They'll take your articles (usually in full) and they'll publish them on their own sites so they can either monetize your work or use it to build their own false authority. As someone who makes a living from writing, I find content theft infuriating. I'm […]
  • Should You Hold Onto Print Rights?

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 4, 2009
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    Let's talk specifically about Web content writers today, and the rights they give up when they sell their work. In many cases, when a client purchases Web content from you, their primary objective is to target search terms for traffic or online readers. Most have no use for your content beyond their websites or blogs, leaving potential non-competing reprint markets […]
  • Protected by Copyscape – So What?

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 2, 2008
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    I saw someone on a forum giving a blogger really bad advice today - essentially that sticking a stupid Copyscape banner (like the one below) will actually somehow protect their content for them. That's such a load of BS. Here's what sticking a Copyscape banner on your site really says: Go ahead and steal my site content, b/c I'm quite […]
  • Update on Your Friendly Neighborhood Scammer

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 27, 2007
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    If you missed it, one of my blogs was recently scraped entirely (as of June 5th) by some lowlife scammer too damn cheap and/or lazy to put effort into building a legitimate website. I have a couple of minor updates... 1. eNom did respond. Apparently I looked at the DNS info instead of the IP address, and assumed they were […]
  • Content Stealing Scum!!!

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 12, 2007
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    Now how ironic is it that I just posted to this blog earlier today about how to protect yourself from copyright infringement and people stealing your work, and just a few hours later I found a piece of scum stealing an entire site of mine??  The "real" site (mine) is ChickTech.net. It's one of my newer blogs (launched in April), […]
  • What to do When Someone Steals Your Work

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 12, 2007
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    It's so easy to steal content on the Web these days that it feels like "everyone" is doing it sometimes.  Whether it's through publishing your blog content from an RSS feed without consent (a debatable issue in and of itself) to blatantly ripping content from a site, what can you do to protect your rights when someone steals your work?  […]