Discovering that someone has stolen your original content is painful and infuriating. You write based on knowledge you either gained through employment or personal interest or spent time researching and gleaning from a variety of sources. Then someone comes along and puts your work on their site with their name in the byline. They may take the time to change or rearrange words, but it’s clearly your work.
Understanding the importance of protecting your content, Andrew Dyhan, the expert of Semalt Digital Services explains the ways how you can reduce the chances of stealing your content.
A variety of tools are available to automatically check for plagiarism. These tools browse the internet and look at things like periodical databases to check for plagiarized content. They often identify specific words that were stolen and provide a percentage of plagiarized material in a given piece of work. You can find free and paid tools by simply searching for “plagiarism checker” in your search engine.
Creative Copyright Licenses
There are six kinds of creative copyright licenses. They control how much of your content can be used, whether or not someone else using your content has to attribute it to you, and whether or not it can be used for commercial purposes. If you are just launching a website, you may want to allow some use of your content with some restrictions, because your work appearing on other sites can draw people to your site and boost your business. Do some research on the different types of creative copyright licenses and choose the one that fits your current situation the best.
Among many plugins available from WordPress there is one called CopyProtect. It does just what its name says – protects your content from being highlighted, copied, and pasted somewhere else. It’s easy to install and, unlike some other tools that do the same thing, will not impact your SEO.
Protect Your HTML
Go beyond preventing copy and paste theft of what appears on your site by protecting the coding behind your site as well. HTML Guard is software that keeps hackers from accessing your source code and using it elsewhere.
Use a Watermark
Put your watermark on everything you publish. By doing this, anything that is taken from your site will have the name of your site attached to it.
Register with the DMCA
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 allows registration in exchange for the ability to put their badge on your website. This alerts would-be thieves that your work is copyrighted and they can be reported for stealing it.
Keep Original Drafts of Everything
This makes it easy to prove that you were the original author of stolen work. Like keeping tax records, keeping originals of everything you put on your site can come in very handy if you run into problems down the road.
If someone does steal your content from your site, report them as soon as possible. Contact their webmaster right away. Explain your creative license to them. Explain your copyright. If they fail to remove the plagiarized content, report them to the DMCA. They will reach out to the offender quickly.
It’s impossible to guarantee that your hard work won’t be copied, but by following the steps above, you can reduce the chances of it happening to you.