Someone stole my blog post - what can i do?

Someone stole my blog post - what can i do?

It's lunch time, and you are browsing your favorite social networks. You notice your friend has just shared a post that looks interesting on Facebook or Instagram. As you click on the link, you realize that the title may be different, and the images used are not the same, but the rest of the article, word for word, has been written by you. About a year ago, you posted it on your blog. And your blog is not just a hobby - it's starting to generate good income, and in a few months, you even planned to quit your day job to become a full-time blogger.

How can I know? 

Don't hesitate to check if your content exists somewhere else on the web. 

Set up Google alerts for specific portions of your text

If your images are original, use reverse Google search to check if they have not been stolen

Copy and paste portions of your text into plagiarism checkers. Many free tools exist today, especially for students and professors.

This is easy to implement, and won’t take more than 30mn a week.

How to react in case of theft of an article?

Obviously, you are outraged.

Here you are protected by the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). If your content was published before the stolen article it belongs to you, and your country's intellectual property laws and the DMCA give you tools to fight against your content thief.

If someone bothers copying your content, it means it’s interesting, right?

Yes, but identical content elsewhere on the web means fewer unique visitors to your site - and less readers, less revenue for your products and less clicks for the affiliate marketing programs you may be part of. 

Optimize your post to avoid plagiarism

You can act proactively to reduce the risk of plagiarism.

 

You didn't do all this? It’s still all right !

Don't forget that a blog post can be reworked several months or years after its’s first been published. You can work on your site now, and include all these elements.

These tips will help to prevent your content from being easily copied. But it won't prevent all forms of plagiarism.

What is the difference between a blog and the Physics Nobel Prize?

It's not the same article, it's just the same idea.

Here, copyright laws are very clear.

You can't protect an idea from content. It's the same subject, but the treatment is different? There is nothing to do.

It may be plagiarism, but it also be what is called multiple discovery - two or more people working on the same idea, coming up with similar results. This is a phenomenon that has been known for centuries in science. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 was even awarded to two independent teams of scientists – for the same discovery. 

As for your article, you can always see what Copyscape thinks about it – it’s a tool that allows you to spot content similar content on the web and to detect plagiarism.

Should you react? 

Actually, it depends.

 

How to fight a content thief?

 

Remember to always document what you do. Keep copies of relevant emails and documents - it can be useful in the future.

 

Of course, you can always take legal action.

Do these steps seem complicated? Use a specialized company like Agence PDN to remove unauthorized copies of your articles and advise you about legal matters. 

Next week, we will tell you everything you need to know about copyright.


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