If ever I caught someone or a site plagiarized my work I just made friendship with them with my intention that in exchange of what they done – they should consider my author link to be linked on their sites and it worked...because in my thought no-one can stop thieves unless he/she controls the whole web!
There is no copyright on ideas, only on the exact way the words actually appear on the page. So unless someone lifts whole sections out of your article or story, word for word, there is no real way to prove you have been robbed. You can sprinkle copyright notices all over your work but it offers about as much protection as crossing your fingers and reciting a magic spell.
This sounds awful but in reality it is no big deal. The truth is that although writers are often derailed about having their ideas scratched, this happens so rarely that you have more chance of being savaged by a runaway yammer than of having a story line ripped off. It is not worth losing any sleep over. You will get sick.
Sometimes you will hear people mutter darkly that they know someone who knows someone next door neighbor had the idea for a best-seller nicked but it is just another popular myth. Honestly. There are plenty of people out there who genuinely believe they have been the victim of articles or stories muggers but more often than not they are bluffing themselves.
Look at the evidence. Believe it or not that nearly every tale is a reworking of the same age-old material – only the details altered and even then writers all tend to praise for fashionable social problems, dilemmas and issues they have read about in the newspapers or heard from radio broadcasts or from television programs, books and etc.
Is it any wonder that your article sounds a bit like someone else’s? It is not all surprising that there are suspicious coincidences between different story. The surprising thing is that it does not happen more often. So do not get neurotic about it. Covering your work with copyright symbols is pointless.
If you feel you must put a copyright notice on an article or story, only put one line, in small type at the end of the story (c) with your name and year. Do not put one on every page again, it screams that the story or article’s been submitted by an amateur. Yes. Your work is protected in theory but actually doing anything about theft especially in the Internet is virtually impossible.
Be philosophical. Ask yourself: is it worth trying to sue someone for breaching your copyright if he/she lives on the other side of the world and getting him/her into court would bankrupt you?
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My favorite Saying: “Dream big and don’t stop without giving it a chance to come true.” I am a father of 3 for 25 years, OFW for 17 years, a Blogger, sometimes a Poet, Self-motivated and Professional by experience. You can call me Paul or Pruel. I am friendly animal but can kick you off when it is needed. LOL. I have no specific areas where my writing will focus on. I write any subject that interests me under the merciless sun.
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