Did You Know There Is A Way To Find Out.....?

@pyewacket (44032)
United States
January 17, 2009 8:33pm CST
....If any of your written work you have presented on any site, including from a blog has been lifted? Now some of you folks may know this method but this is for people who may not know how to do this. You see I belong to two review writing sites...Ciao and comparedby.us. Both have drastically changed a lot of their policies, especially rates of payment or how they will pay, and no doubt due to the many cheaters and plagiarizers. It's unfortunate but way too many people that write for these sites will copy/paste material from other websites that have reviews of products...any product whether a review for a DVD movie, electronics, books, you name it, then pass it as their own. Well here's a way to find out if anything you have written has been lifted and used elsewhere. Usually all it takes is to highlight either the title of an article or story OR the first sentence of the written piece. As an example here, I highlighted the title of one of my articles at Associated Content entitled "Toxic Pet Toys: New Dangers for Pets"--Now take that highlighted title or the first sentence of the review/article/story and paste it into your Google search..BINGO. It will usually come up with it's original source...YOURS (in this case my legitimate article)..but more important it might tell you if someone ELSE has used it. I bring this out since for some reason too many people think that just because they find written material on any website they can use it as their own material, not realizing they are infringing on one's copyrights. Technically speaking to get around this at least in infringing copyrights angle of it, if one DOES use material from another source other then their own work, one should at least provide a link and credit the original source and author. Also, if they can, write to the originator of the written piece and get written permission to use any part of the originator's written work. But just thought I'd give the heads up on how you can find out if any of your written work has been "lifted"--this is how I was able to discover all too many of the reviewers of the other sites I'm on and using the written work of someone else's and copying it and passing it as their own...some even had the nerve to lift reviews within the review site system itself...they were reported by the members their and the guilty ones accounts deleted. Infringement of copyright IS after all infringement.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Usually I can do a search with some of the context of my writings and it will normally show up. I have not found that to be the case, just yet, and I had some of my articles published in magazines that were also online.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
Are you saying that articles that you wrote actually ended up in Magazines with out your permission? I certainly hope that I understood that incorrectly and that you could exact a fee for use of your intellectual property, some people make a lot of money from correcting the wrongs of others. It helps to keep people accountable.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
18 Jan 09
No, I had submitted them to different magazines and they were printed with my permission. I should have been more clear about it.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
Just wanted to make sure...
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Hey pye! That is really sad that you can do all that work and have someone just go and copy and paste it as their own! It is really good that you are so aware and able to check out these things. I would have no clue about this stuff or how to even research and find out if my stuff was copied! It is a sad world we live in to think that there are so many lazy and dishonest people trying to get over any way that they possibly can! It just makes me not want to even bother trying to make my own reviews and put in all that time so someone else can profit off of my hard work!
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• United States
18 Jan 09
I don't find writing hard work but I don't like the idea of others profiting from my work. If there is a profit to be made, I should profit from being me... again we agree...
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Jan 09
It really is unfortunate that you have dishonest people out there in the world that will take someone else's hard work and pass it on as their own....but at least with this method of checking I can find out if someone has been helping themselves to my work.
@singlemommy (2952)
• United States
18 Jan 09
That is such a wonderful idea. I would have never thought of doing something like that, but I just tried it and you are so right, it totally works. This is really nice and a great idea. Thanks!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
24 Jan 09
It really is a great idea
• United States
18 Jan 09
It is good that the internet is priority dated, you can't produce an article prior to another person publishing an article unless you can break the date of creation code and the only person that might be able to do that would have to be one with a lot of capital to invest in circumventing the system. I once checked on my titles and writings and found a lot of pirating, no sooner would I write one thing and all sorts of stuff that wasn't there before would come up out of the wood work like I was being chased by a herd of writers some in agreement and some opposing my point of view. Talk about bi-partisanship there is no such thing as being on the wrong team when there is only one team to be on, we are all part of the human race... I hope we can all be friends despite some of our differences...
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Yes, I'm glad websites will date the article. When some of my friends were hit with reviews that were lifted by others one could plainly see the dates of the reviews and when they were submitted..so an easy check on who copied who
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
19 Jan 09
Copyrights on the internet have been a big issue almost since day one. And the reason for that is... that it is extremely hard to protect. When I was creating websites for myself... I had put some clever codes in there to prevent people copying or printing the text. But any web designer worth his salt would know how to by-pass those codes. It is only there to prevent the ignorants stealing it. They have many ways of enforcing the copyright laws. But at the end of the day... if you don't want it stolen... the safest way is not to put it on the Net. lol
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
23 Jan 09
What kind of codes? I wasn't even aware of that...as for not putting written material on the net...kind of hard, if I didn't I couldn't earn some extra money via my articles/reviews
• Australia
23 Jan 09
It is a little script than you run in the background of the page. You can only do that on your own website of course. But myLot won't let me give it to you. lol
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Are you talking about adding various HTML coding on ones own website?
@mysdianait (65070)
• Italy
22 Jan 09
This is excellent advice! With your permission I would like to link to it in my own discussions or responses when others ask how this can be done. I sent a friend request with the intent of asking you
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@mysdianait (65070)
• Italy
22 Jan 09
It is so well explained for those not so familiar with how to do it. or not even aware that it is happening.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Good post . Someone else on here thought some one had done that to their blog I am hoping they read this one!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Oh yeah, I remember that, can't remember who mentioned how their blog was copied from
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
20 Jan 09
and I think it was just last week to so it hasnt been that long ago either!
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
18 Jan 09
Hi pyewacket! Thank you for this information. I am not a professional writer nor have submitted any article that i took credit for if it is not my original work. Even here in mylot, when I post some information I got from the net, i usually give credit to whomever it is due. Thanks again for sharing this information. take care and have a nice day! lovelots..faith210
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
20 Jan 09
It's a shame though people will resort to copying someone else's work isn't it?
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
20 Jan 09
Indeed it is!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
18 Jan 09
I hope a lot of people see this pye. I have a 'service' that is constantly doing this kind of check for me because I submit so much written work on the net.... But I'm glad to see the 'warning' here for all and sundry......let's hope the cheaters and plagiarizers pay attention!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Jan 09
What's the service you use? You have me curious now..LOL
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
19 Jan 09
I guess you could say it's private. The manager of the office my hubs used to work out of back in AB., is married to a fellow who writes languages and systems for computers. He works out of his home, and last year when I was having trouble with my stuff getting 'lifted' off the net he offered to provide me with this service. Costs me $49.00 a month! LOL But he keeps me alerted to any activity on my submissions that shouldn't be happening.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
22 Jan 09
I find it hard to believe that anyone is so desperate that they might want to plagiarise my drivel Pye. Not that I have exactly flooded the internet or literary world with my thoughts and ramblings. I shall note your technique however for future reference however.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Well ya never know....someone might take great interest in your writings...LOL
@jpso138 (7863)
• Philippines
19 Jan 09
This is really interesting. I never knew this until I have read your post. I do write in ciao as well as compared by us but have not been active lately. I also do some article writing on some revenue sharing sites like xomba and hubpage. This is certainly a great way to find out. Althouh I am sure that most people are not very much interested on my articles since I am just starting out. Thanks for sharing this.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
23 Jan 09
It's really gotten bad at Ciao...cheater members are lifting reviews like crazy there, not only from other websites, but within the system (Ciao website) itself
@anniepa (27279)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Thanks so much for this information, Pye. I'll definitely keep this in mind since I'm going to be working harder on my writing - it was one of my resolutions - in the hopes of earning some more money in the New Year and I don't want any of my work stolen...lol! Annie
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
20 Jan 09
So you're going to join the writing crowd huh? LOL. Hope to read something of yours soon
@KrauseHome (36738)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Quite interesting information you have shared here. I have never thought about trying that with some of my work and see what happens, but that is a Good thing to know. Wonder if we should try it for Discussions started here in myLot?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Yes it works for discussions here....I just tested it out copy/pasting the first sentence of this discussion and sure enough it comes up...and only for my discussion so it hasn't been lifted or used elsewhere
@raydene (9874)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Hi Sweet Than you for this info I for one will be checking it out It's all so simple but it hadn't occurred to me I will check it out oxoxoxoxo
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
24 Jan 09
It really is good info to know and enables one to check if one's written work has been stolen
18 Jan 09
Hi pye, Well I never knew that, that is so clever, thanks for the information, but its disgusting why someone wants to steal your work, after all it is the greatest achievement to write your own work and if they stal someoelse, well they are only cheating themselves. Bright Blessings. Tamara
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Well lets face it, some people want to take the "easy" way out and steal other people's work to get the credit themselves
@tepitenio (119)
• Israel
18 Jan 09
....If any of your written work you have presented on any site, including from a blog has been lifted?Now some of you fols may know this method but this is for people who may not know how to do this. Its a joke, relax!!! For the rest, I heard that there is software that checks automaticly for copies of your work on the Internet. Imagine if you have 20 works and you have to checks them everymonth or so, imposible. I cannot recommend you anyone because I didnot use any of them. And I promise to come back with a trick to protect your data.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I didn't realize there was software that can do that. So....what's the trick to protect my data???? I do have copyright notices right on my photos that I post on the net, but not on my written work as supposedly writing on websites automatically copyrights them
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Good information to know. I don't think anything I have ever written is copy/plagiarize worthy, but it is good to know for the future.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Yes this info is good...I regularly check to see if any of my stuff has been lifted.
@celticeagle (123959)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Jan 09
This is very interesting information. I thank you for taking the time to write this and inform us of this situation. It is really pathetic what people will do and how wrong they can be.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Unfortunately there have always been plagiarizers, it's just now with the internet seems people take more advantage
• United States
18 Jan 09
Excellent tip! Thanks for sharing.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Glad to share it
@regal_aeros (2605)
• Singapore
18 Jan 09
whao i never knew that. Is that how ciao and comparedby uses to find people who plagiarize too?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Actually most of the members use that method to find out since both Ciao and comparedby.us are swamped with reviews.