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Five Reasons it's Wrong to Steal Other People's Content

Basic rules:

You can’t repost content from someone else’s blog without their permission. Period.

It’s unethical to take other’s people’s writing and pass it off as yours. Period.

If you read something and use the ideas for your content, cite your sources. Period.

Be original. Stealing other’s bios, content, words, ideas, photographs, or artwork is wrong. It’s not yours and as interesting as you think it is or as much as you may like it, it’s wrong.
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solid post.  I love your messages!
Totally agree with you - stealing content is unethical, unprofessional, ... disgusting. I believe that if not Google, then the karma laws will punish the thieves)))
No one should have to deal with this. Paws off people. You want to own and run a successful business? Put the time in to prosper and stop pilfering!
+Mallie Hart Have you had it happen to you yet? It especially burns me because the people that have done it from my site so far are selling social media services from their sites.
I've had ideas and themes pilfered, but not a full article yet. I'm sure some of my graphics have been shared incorrectly, too. It's a full time job to simply monitor this, +Peg Fitzpatrick. Sadly it's become our job to police it, rather than people simply realizing that's not how you go about social business!
+Mallie Hart Do you put your name or website on the graphics that you create? I know you create a lot for social media specifically and even though people can cut the name out, at least they have to think a little more about it. Have you used that Chrome Extension that lets you search images on Google? But it would be full time job to police it. Sigh.
You're absolutely right. Stealing is shameful.
I sometimes remember to "watermark" or tag my images as mine. I need to monitor more, as I'm sure they've been snagged, but that then takes away from my time doing valuable things for my clients and my own businesses. It's a vicious circle, to be sure. Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if folks knew to just keeps there filthy paws off, +Peg Fitzpatrick?
+Mallie Hart I know it's more work but I 'd hate to see your content pilfered. We've had a 12 Most post turned into a graphic (without permission) and it has like 16K views on a Facebook page. Maybe more.
+Peg Fitzpatrick The best thing to do is put a copyright notice and your contact details into the metadata of the image. I'm not a great fan of watermarks, they kinda get in the way.

Also, have a copyright notice on your blog/website. I know nobody ever reads them but if it's there you're covered. Please note: I am not a lawyer! ;)
Yikes! I appreciate you telling me, nicely, that I'm being naive. I'm on it. Chrome App set up and I'll start checking. Will let you know if I find any nefarious ne'er do wells.
You're actually "covered" the instant you create something. Enforcing your copyright is quite another thing. You can sue, of course, if you have the budget and the stomach for it. Or you can shame them online... cheaper and ultimately just as satisfying.  :0)
+Peg Fitzpatrick Thank you for sharing my posts in your article. I appreciate that. Also, just wanted to point out that if someone does remove your watermark from a photo it increased the potential liability AND makes it much easier to sue. Removal of Copyright Management Information (that's lawyerspeak for watermarks and the like) is high protected and comes with a minimum fine of $2500 and when you sue you can recover attorney fees. I know watermarks to a photographer are like nails on a chalkboard for most of us. But, it could be worth it if you're having constant problems of people taking your images.
+Jen Olney Wow, you've had so many problems. I love the way you do your branded graphics, they look great. It's really a horrible problem. I probably need to do a little more with Google alerts.
+Jen Olney, do you mind sharing your anti-theft Google Alert tactics. I'm assuming it's not just your name/company name? I'm honestly more worried about content theft than images - not that I'm not worried about both.
It does. I have certain phrases I repeat and just wan't smart enough to create alerts. Thanks, +Jen Olney. 
+Peg Fitzpatrick I am dealing with it right now.  2 blog posts were taken by 2 different people and reposted on their sites with not even a  mention of me.  The real kick in the arse was that Google replaced my spot in the serps with the site that stole my content.  Luckily both parties were apologetic and provided links back to the source which seems to be fixing the serps. 
+Annie Maloney You didn't ask them to remove your posts? Did they steal straight from your blog? I can't believe how much this keeps happening now.
+Peg Fitzpatrick yes they stole straight from it.  Copy/Paste, removing links of course.  I went with the approach of trying to get the link back first and if things settle in the serps then great. If in the next week or so i don't see the result I want then we will be asking for removal.
+Annie Maloney I just go straight for removal, it makes me really angry. I'm sure you felt the same way. I hope you checked out the resources in the post.
+Peg Fitzpatrick I did.  I was actually filling out the DMCA form when they emailed me back.  This is my first time dealing with this so we shall see what happens.
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