7 strategies to keep content safer from plagiarists

Lazy, dishonest people may attempt to republish your quality content in their name. Many article directories won’t tolerate plagiarism and neither should you. Be proactive about plagiarism. Here’s how:
1. Know your rights under copyright laws and work with a team to preserve those rights.
2. If you want your content to be shared, include a Permission to Reprint blurb that specifies how your content may be used—usually by quoting in entirety and concluding with your bio and a live link to your Web site or blog.
3. Choose some form of Creative Commons for particular pieces of work instead of giving readers complete freedom to use your content. People who use Creative Commons correctly still acknowledge your creatorship.
4. Always include contact information on your blog and Web site so your permission may be requested for quotes.
5. Keep track of what and with whom you publish and then monitor your content.
6. Publish with reputable people, sites, and directories.
7. If you discover a problem, contact the proper authorities in writing, establish your claim with the proper documentation,  and specify exactly what you want done:
a. Remove the plagiarized article
b. Ban the plagiarist from the site
c. Republish or repost your original material, quoting you verbatim and giving you an author by-line as well as a live link to your Web site or blog, track back to your original blog, etc.
d. Print a retraction or apology

If a plagiarist still persists, you have the upper hand because your valuable content reflects your voice, your expertise, and your relationship with your friends, fans, and followers. The plagiarist is simply demonstrating his/her dishonesty, laziness, and unprofessionalism in a very public way.

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