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Created: March 19, 2010 at 01:53 am
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Tips to Catch Copyright Violators

If you are worried about, or suspect that your writing has been stolen or posted online without your permission, do not panic. There are several tools you can use to catch copyright violations and ensure that your copyright is not being infringed.

There is currently a multitude of commercial software available for catching copyright infringement and although they are wonderful (if you have the money to spend), there are also several free alternatives to tracking down your writing that are just as good.

1. Google Alerts:
Google Alerts is a wonderful, free tool that can be used to alert you each time Google finds a match to your “search term”. Simply create an account with Google Alerts and enter the search term (a line of text) that you wish to monitor. Try to keep it short or you may end up with a lot of false alerts.


2. Search Engines:
You can also use any search engine to do a quick, on the spot look up of any possible copyright infringement. Simply type in the one or two lines from your poem, article or story and click the search button to see if it shows up on any unauthorized websites. I recommend performing your search in 2 or 3 separate search engines as each of them index websites and pages differently.


3. Copyscape
Copyscape, The world's leading plagiarism checker, is a great search engine developed specifically for identifying plagiarism and copyright violators. To use this tool, you must enter a URL (web address) that contains a full copy of the writing you wish to check. It will then scan the web to find pages that contain the same content. For example, if you posted a short-story on Writers-Network.com, you can simply copy the URL of your public story page and post it into the Copyscape text box. Copyscape will then return a list of other sites that have also published your story.


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July 12, 2013
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Terriffic Information
Thanks for posting this information. I will be sure to use it often.

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February 15, 2013
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It was a sigh of relief that my writings are safe

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March 19, 2011
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June 15, 2010
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This article is very helpful. Thanks for posting.


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May 22, 2010
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Great Information
Thank you. I am very new to this site (and have never put any of my writing out anywhere before). After looking over a few others, I felt secure here and was very pleased to see your response to the security issues.When visiting your site (which is very nice and I hope to view more of your writing as time allows), I found this article very helpful. I don't have a lot of time to write, or to post, and your "Writers' Network" has helped to prompt me to begin taking more time for my writing, and hopefully, I'll be able to submit more. I really enjoy reading everything I can, all the different perspectives, and writing styles. Thanks so very much for establishing this writer's forum.

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May 10, 2010
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This is a very useful article. Although most Colleges and universities now use various software packages to try to stem the overwhelming flood of plagiarised essays I found that you could frequently tell because of variations in style. However, I have never (previously) thought of checking to see whether anyone is 'stealing' my work.

The only trouble is I cannot tell which feeling would prevail if I did find other people publishing my stuff; anger at the theft or a surge in vanity that anyone thought my work worthy of stealing. My real problem would be that many of the places that you can publish poetry insist on being the 'first' to publish your work. I know many poets, who are far better than I am, who refuse to publish anything on the net until it has come out in paper format. As I write for my own amusement, and have only been published by accident, this is unlikely to trouble me.

I see your point. It is definitely a boost to the ego that someone actually wants to steal your work, but it certainly would be aggravating that they went ahead and did it. With the internet today, it's best if we have these type of sites and tools that allow us to keep track of our hard work. In regards to poetry sites; if they insist on being the first to publish your work (without compensation) or they request that you transfer your copyright to them, I would steer clear of those types of sites. The only time that is okay is if they have purchased your writing for publication and have paid you for it.

  bianca replied on May 10, 2010

April 11, 2010
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Very Helpful Thank You.
It is good to know that there are ways to track copyright violators...and this aricle is of immense value to one suspecting such a thing..Bravo and Thank You for bringing it to our attention...Kind Regards..Dodeydee

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March 19, 2010
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good to know.. thanks

You are very welcome

  bianca replied on March 19, 2010

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