Copying, scraping, plagiarism, stealing, content jacking – whatever you call it, it’s an epidemic. As a blogger and writer, you care about your content. You work hard to create it and make it as valuable as possible before you publish it. Then someone else comes along, takes the entire piece and republishes it as their own work on their own site. Sometimes, search engines will even rank the stolen piece above your own, truly adding insult to injury! There often is a thin line between inspiration and plagiarism. Plagiarism impacts bloggers in two separate ways: When their own content is stolen; and when they receive plagiarized content from unscrupulous freelance writers or guest bloggers who are trying to pass the stolen content off as their own work. Why is plagiarism and content theft an issue? When your content is stolen, you can get hit with a duplicate content penalty from search engines. You can also suffer a loss of authority and reputation. And that’s to say nothing of the fact that it’s intellectual property theft and hence unlawful. Knowledge-based brands in today’s economy depend on ownership rights to their own content, and that means ownership
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