Can we really stop plagiarism on internet?

@mimpi1911 (25454)
India
November 9, 2009 5:02am CST
Can we really do anything about plagiarism on internet? Suppose, you find out that your writings have been copied and pasted in other websites without giving credits to you. You are furious, upset, want to do sue the person BUT miserably helpless. Can we really do anything to stop plagiarism on internet? Is there any legal online procedure? Does it really work?
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
9 Nov 09
That happens right here in this site. I have seen exact same post copied and pasted. Different names. I have also seen people being shape shifters. Leave as one person and come back as another. It would be really hard to catch these people. I would think that at least here they can trace a copy and paste back to the original.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
Yes and we have successfully got rid of some here! It's difficult to find out if he/she is the same one when he/she comes up with a new user name but still the message gets across clearly. One user per IP address could solve it to some extent but then today we are dealing with numbers as in popularity score.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
10 Nov 09
Maybe they have more than one IP address.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
I agree dear. Even I work from three IP addresses but then that's it, I cannot use more.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
9 Nov 09
Just like viruses, plagiarism cannot be totally stopped. Even long before internet was develop, plagiarism already exist. That is why the copyright and patent laws are come to be. This laws are like anti-virus software which aims to stopped this bad habit but still they exists.
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
I agree with you there full thank, they have existed long ago before viruses in computers or computers itself ever developed. now, with the help of technology, such plagiarism expanded on a different level and most people will take advantage of your hardwork
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
That's so true Fulltank! Aptly juxtaposed! It cannot be stopped fully. However, the websites can follow stringent rules as in publishing articles and also if they can lock the contents, it could be improved a little.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
10 Nov 09
I see you are using a watermarked iStock.com photo on your profile, did you get permission to use that picture?? You have to complain to the person running the website telling them to remove the offending article as you are the copyright owner. If you have previously published it you can reference that as it will have an earlier date on it. If they do not comply you can go to the hosting company. Plagiarism is illegal. I think some people see stuff on the internet and think everything is free, music, articles and pictures. They are so used to stealing they see nothing wrong with it.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
Yes I am but the very idea of watermark is carrying the logo of the company and adverting for it. It's a two way process. Isn't it? istockphoto and many others allow you to use their stuffs and in return we have to endorse their brand. Thanks.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
I don't think we can stop that because people using the internet is living in different countries that have different laws. other countries don't have any law providing the use of internet and other countries have laws but limited only for something but not cover plagiarism... Here in country have limited rule and guidelines for using an internet. This is what they called ecomerce law but this is not cover plagiarism because this is under another laws which punish people convicted in plagiarism Have a nice day!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Nov 09
I agree aerous. It is the vast world we are talking about here and its indeed difficult to keep up with plagiarism.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
12 Nov 09
Yes! my friend. There is a vast of words and no law enforcer or lawyer will identify what that words coming from. I think that is depend on the countries law or constitution to punish those convicted plagiarist
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
12 Nov 09
so true!
@giegrace (214)
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Plagiarism on the internet is a very common issue. If you have your own site, or blog, you might want to consider using Copyscape. It prevents viewers and visitors of your site from copying your contents. Aside from that, you can copyright your works, or just use 'myfreecopywright'. Legal procedures are usually land-based or country-based. So if that person who copied your works lives in the same country/ territory as you, you can sue that person for copyright infringement. But this process takes too long though.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Nov 09
And expensive too. I have heard about copyscape but I thought its just for checking duplicate contents. Could you guide me with this one? Myfreecopyright is something I will have to study more about as well. Thanks so much for the information giegrace.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
12 Nov 09
Will have to study it thoroughly. There must be some way to lock your content. And if it is a small amount i do not mind paying.
@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
9 Nov 09
Hi dear! It is really very disturbing and disheartening thing to know if someone copies our articles and post the same on other sites. It is like stealing our hard earned money. I think there may not be some restriction on some the sites, where people submit plagiarized material. I think it would be difficult to stop this kind of piracy. Also, it would be difficult to keep a tab of the same. As there are numerous sites and new one keep coming everyday. We are just helpless, I suppose. Have a great evening!
@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
10 Nov 09
I fully agree with you!
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
16 Nov 09
As long as there are people in the world who are dishonest and do not care about integrity there will be plagarism.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
17 Nov 09
You are absolutely right!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
11 Nov 09
I don't really know what we can do. Being published gives a bit of rights but your right..what can we really do? I'm anxious to see what everyone says about it. Take care.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Nov 09
Its a difficult issue and even though you can prove your point you can never stop plagiarists.
• United States
11 Nov 09
Well this is what I do, go to the post where the stolen material is and post a reply to them, and tell them that they have been caught and then add the link to your posted material that would show the date you first posted the stolon writings, and then go to the administrator there and complain about their member. Works every time.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Nov 09
Thanks. Thanks. Thanks.
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
It's frustrating really! But that's the Internet. No one can really stop plagiarism on the internet. The only thing to do is to wait for that time when we recognize a plagiarist and that's the only time we can act. Well, that's the way I see it.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
11 Nov 09
I agree nengracia. So true!
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
hello mimpi, We can't stop it if our discussions had been copied and posted on other site, i have seen that kind of plagiarism and it's not a good impression when some one else is copying a part of your brain. how ever, if such acts is done only here in mylot, then the admin can do something about it. as of now, i have seen two cases of plagiarism here and both had been reported to the admin. sadly on the other one which had been a considered a regular had to do something bad, so he lost post. and been banned, we can stop them but certainly in limited ways
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
Yes Letran. We have had some banned here and mylot has been quite prompt in doing so. But, you have to have continuously active in the sites you are writing which means more time - something I am finding hard to manage of late.
@lindiebiz (1013)
• Canada
10 Nov 09
I think it is really difficult pursuing legal action on the internet. Remember that the internet is global and you can only sue somebody in his own place of residence. If you were in the US and someone in Africa plagiarizad your work would you travel just to sue. It sounds stupid when it does not involve money. I think the best would he for a body to be formed to handle such issues. Maybe the body would have reresentatives in every country where you can report to if you are a victim. What if you don't know where the person is from, I believe the body should have a way of tracking Id or domain and hosting details. Just a thought
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
That's a great idea! Forming a body with representatives in all parts of the world is a good idea. Strict internal policies of the websites can improve this and also I also feel an online grievance cell would be just fine. What do you feel?
@yuna15 (2707)
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Stopping plagiarism over the internet is extremely complicated. Especially if the parties involved are from different countries. If you are for example somebody powerful and well-known who can reach out to the concerned people who can address this then it may be possible.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
Power, money and fame make it easier just as it do in all spheres in life. Sadly, we have to live with it.
@rjvb26 (2518)
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Well that is the consequences of posting an article on the internet. But... there are some sites that are protecting the work of their uploaders/writers. Maybe we should just choose the site. But. again this protection is also very easy to break specially for hackers.. So i think it is really impossible. Or the best thing maybe is that, post your articles to lots of sites so that it will be famous and the people will know that it really came from you, so that if someone copy it, it's a big mess for him/her because people will think that, He/She doesn't have a brain to write his/her own article!!! O well that's internet and that is life, even in the real world it is happening not only in the internet.. Tsk tsk tsk.. i am very sad T_T
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
I really appreciate rjvb. Some websites do check for duplication before publishing, that's good. It would be really nice if they lock the contents as well. There must be some way of doing it, isn't it!?
@udnisak (610)
• Australia
9 Nov 09
we better do something about plagiarism on internet as this has become a sirious issue.. however i personnaly think it is difficult as anyone can uploada anyting form any computer if you have internet.. it is not like we have to submit our aricles to one place and get the approval etc etc.. however if there is a somekind of an internet police is there we would be able to stop plagiarism on internet...
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
Hi! I think, the admin of the website has to be more rigid as in allowing users to post anything and everything. And also, if they could lock the contents, the risk gets little low. Even though people with bad intention will find out ways but then it could be reduced.
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
9 Nov 09
If you have the money to sue then of course you can do something but as a whole, I think it can't be stopped. The internet is such a huge place it's hard to keep tabs on what everyone else is doing. If you have the proof that you are the original owner of an article and you have the money, you can try. Otherwise, as a writer, you should know that once you publish something you should have them copyrighted otherwise people can just freely take your stuff without consequence. Copyright it, own it.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
@ Mike: That's what I thought as well! Once you post anything original under your name it becomes your property, legally.
@drannhh (15065)
• United States
9 Nov 09
I think that would be near to impossible. The last thing we want on the internet, too, is more policing, but there are immoral and criminal minded people who see cyberspace as the perfect place to operate, so unfortunately we have to have some kind of enforcement of rules. But it would be like swatting flies one-handed in a barnyard.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
Exactly! There is little we can do about it.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
9 Nov 09
Oh Dear! This would be a horrible thing becasue I frankly have no idea how to counter it. I am just being my usual optimistic self and living ina world of mine.Hope you are not talking about your own experience and it si only a hypothetical situation.THere would be ways and means of dealing with this but I just do nt know.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
Hahaha.... That's a sweet answer, very Kalaish! . Love you dear. You must not think about all these now. You better go and have some fun shopping.
@getbrowser (1715)
• China
9 Nov 09
plagiarism on internet - Plagiarism on internet is very common in my country and there have been no legal online procedure that can help us stop plagiarism on internet.
If the current trend continues, I think it is next to impossible to stop plagiarism on internet completely. Plagiarism on internet is very common in my country, China. Most people tend to give no credits to others when they copy and paste in other websites, which is really an impolit way for others. In order to aviod such things appearing again, in my opinion, we should let people realize of the harm of plagiarism. As far as I know, there have been no legal online procedure that can help us stop plagiarism on internet.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
That's a valid point you have made. People little do understand the harm of plagiarism. I think, it kills our originality and makes us blunt and curbs our mind to think and grow. Sad!
@gabs8513 (48764)
• United Kingdom
9 Nov 09
I really don't know, but the way I see it there should be something available when People copy somebody elses and claim it as their own You might need to look into it further
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Nov 09
I agree but its almost a utopia, I guess.