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Things to Do if Some one is Copying Contents from Your Blog or Website

Today, blogging has become so much popular, now large number of internet users have their own blogs, several of them have monetized their blogs to earn money from blogs. Bloggers, who are lazy or do not have sufficient ideas or lacking English language skills, copy the contents from other blogs and paste them as it as in their blogs. Some bloggers do not paste entire article or post and changes few lines or words in the article however this is still called "Stealing Contents" which is unlawful. If some one is copying contents from your blog, here are necessary steps you should take to avoid content stealing.

Step 1: Take a License

First of All, you must have license that you own particular contents and you do not allowed others to re-publish those contents. You can have such license either by visiting concern license department  but as most of bloggers do not bother to visit some Government office to get a license for the protection of their online contents, it becomes difficult. Some countries even dont issue such licenses. So, in such conditions, you can take Creative Commons (CC) License from Creative Commons Organization. This organization issues 6 kind of licenses allowing you to share your work or to protect it. Here is how you can get a license

  1. Visit their official website for licenses
  2. Click on ‘Choose License’ button in right side
  3. Fill a form and select the appropriate options
  4. This will register your Website’s content in free and generate a script
  5. Paste that script in all pages of your websits.
  6. Thats it !

Step 2: Who is Copying Contents from Your Blog or Website

Its important to determine who is copying your blogs, means where do copies of your articles exist. Go on following plagiarism-checking Websites and paste the URL of any of your post and press Enter. Within few seconds, these online plagiarism-checking tools will show you the results mentioning those websites where the SAME article exists. If these websites do not show you any result, this means your article is not copied anywhere, If it shows number of links, it means those links have copied you contents. So, here we Go, Now we know who is copying our contents.

Step 3: DMCA Protection

 DMCA stands for Digital Millennium Copyright Act. All online services provider companies such as Search Engines, Website hosting providers, Media hosting websites etc follow this act to protect copyrights of others. According to this DMCA

“DMCA Title II, the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (“OCILLA”), creates a safe harbor for online service providers (OSPs, including ISPs) against copyright liability if they adhere to and qualify for certain prescribed safe harbor guidelines and promptly block access to allegedly infringing material (or remove such material from their systems) if they receive a notification claiming infringement from a copyright holder or the copyright holder’s agent. OCILLA also includes a counter notification provision that offers OSPs a safe harbor from liability to their users upon notice from such users claiming that the material in question is not, in fact, infringing. OCILLA also provides for subpoenas to OSPs to provide their users’ identity.” ( source: Wikipedia)

You can take benefit of DMCA so that you could take steps if some one copies contents from your websites. First of All, go to DMCA Website and register your website with them, Now they will give you a DMCA badge, affix that DMCA badge in your website. Now, if you find out that some has stolen your contents, use DMCA Toolkit, using this Toolkit, you will be able to prove your ownership of contents and claim online service providers to take legal action.

If there are ways to copy, there are ways for protections also. You must follow above given tips to protect your contents and if some has copied then take the appropriate steps as mentioned in above article.

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