Online writer? – Be ready for plagiarism!

The Internet is such a treasure trove of information, that it is incredibly easy to do research online.

As a copywriter, you want to create content that is informative, interesting and widely read, but you also don’t want your work to be copied and passed off, as somebody else’s. If you have worked hard to create content then the last thing you want is someone else taking credit for it.

There is plagiarism case in copywriting

Imagine you are surfing the Web, research your next article. You find an interesting Web site, where you will find an article that seems tantalizingly familiar. You read a paragraph or two – and realize that the reason it looks so familiar is because you wrote it! Why is the web site of another person, under the name of another person?

Sadly, the incidence of copyright infringement online seems to be growing more and more common. The following are just some of the incidents I’ve found in the past year:
• A writer finds his pet article published on a website related to pets without permission. The owner of the site says it is “OK” to publish this type of article, as long as credit is given to the writer, and refuses to get rid of it.
• A writer discovers that an item is sold through an e-zine is now included in the course materials online from a teacher, without attribution. Further investigation determined that the professor has published several articles taken from the websites of other authors in their materials without agreement, acknowledgment or copyright notice.
• Part of a writer is published in a newsletter by e-mail. A few months later, you see the same article in another e-mail newsletter, in another by-line.
• An editor receives a shipment of items that seem too good to be true. An Internet search confirms that it is in fact improvised from three articles published by three different authors, and presented with a new name and title.

Both of these cases occurred in the same time, and both follow similar arcs, but with one important difference. The Canadian conservative columnist Wente was accused of having copying and pasting the material verbatim older articles. They also said he copied materials of liberal columnist Zakaria. In both cases, the columnists were called out, but the difference was the response of publications. The Globe and Mail in circles around Wente and offered her support and defend an investigation and communication to the public front. This caused a lot of scrutiny for the aim of the publication and Wente herself. For Zakaria, Time Warner suspended him immediately and responded strongly, blunted the impact of the claim.

In the end, both completed their research publications and columnists have followed both their careers. However, the real damage could be done to Globe and Mail of the way they handled Wente slips.

So maybe better to check?

About the Author: Jane works as a Marketing specialist,on projects concern plagiarism and writes on this topic.
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