When it comes to posting their content online, many people, it seems, feel that they are protected not by copyright law or technology, but rather, by a feeling on anonymity.
“No one would want to plagiarize me,” Someone once said to me, “I’m nobody and my work isn’t that great anyway.”
It’s easy to see why people think that. There’s an estimated 2.4 billion people using the Internet right now and a large percentage of them of them, whether through social networking, blogging, posting videos or uploading images, are leaving content behind. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would target one particular, blogger, photographer or other content creator among millions.
However, this idea that plagiarism is targeted stems from the debunked idea that plagiarism is a form of flattery and that plagiarists are little more than unscrupulous editors looking for the perfect work to claim as their own.
That’s simply not the case.
As stated in the article above, plagiarists aren’t looking for the best work or even great work, but rather, work that meets their needs. Unfortunately, for most, quality isn’t on the list of things that a plagiarist needs so, even if you are completely right and your work isn’t good, it doesn’t mean that it’s safe.
But if plagiarists aren’t looking for quality content? What are they looking for? Every person who sets out to find content to lift is in a different boat, but there are a few common themes that seem to hold true. By knowing those themes, you can understand just how much risk your content is under and, most importantly, see why it’s almost never completely safe.Continue Reading