Michael Hyatt writes,
It’s inevitable. If you are successful as a blogger, people are going to steal your content. You’ll wake up one morning to a Google Alert, notifying you that your name was mentioned on another blog….
This sorta happened to me a few days ago. Via a pingback, I discovered that a ‘blogger’, and I use that term lightly, was reposting lots of my stuff and others. Not only that, he had attempted to make it look like I was blogging at his blog. I was not happy. I don’t mind reposting, but what I do mind was the unethical way in which this ‘blogger’ did so. Not only that, he did it on several other of his ‘blogs’. I asked him to stop it and to remove my posts from his ‘blog’. He did it several more times. I turned to demanding. Now, he has left several derogatory comments on my blog, and has now sent me emails essentially tell me that anything which goes out on an RSS feed is public domain.
Tell you what, bub, try that with the AP…
In an twitter conversation, Thomas Nelson CEO tweeted a link to the following blog post of his:
….First of all, breathe. This is not the end of the world. As a writer, your biggest problem is obscurity not piracy. The very fact that someone thought enough of your work to re-post it on their own blog means they value it. You should first of all take it as a compliment.
Now let me suggest that there are eight ways you can protect your intellectual property online. If you follow these steps, they will dramatically reduce the chances of your content being stolen. They will also provide a strategy for dealing with it when it happens.
He lists several valuable and viable options which I would recommend you follow. I know that I am.
- Repost.Us launches in bid to protect original online content (venturebeat.com)
- Are Trackbaks and Pingbacks Still Useful? (tjantunen.com)
- Has Your Content Been Stolen? (literatehousewife.com)