Content stealing is a problem on the Internet that has started to snowball in recent years. It may be hard to find people who don’t do this as even the average user has become used to content stealing as a way of working online. Even though Google has come up with a new algorithm to cut down on content stealing people still do it – however Google can now penalize content thieves by giving lower rankings to sites that resort to copying content from legitimate sites. This means your site could be negatively affected to the point that traffic to your site will drop.
There are different ways to plagiarize content (though some of these ways may not have directly contributed to growth of the problem). Copyrights of online sources are trampled upon all the time. However it is actually hard to find actual cases of copyright infringement even though it has become quite common. There are laws to protect intellectual property such as the thoughts of an author (just like laws that penalize theft of physical property) – the problem is that it is quite hard to monitor online copyright infringement as it is being committed.
People have varying reasons for resorting to content stealing. Some may not be aware that they are plagiarizing another author. They might be ignorant about how to use info from other people in legal ways. It is also very easy to plagiarize another person’s published work to the point that the thief may believe he will always get away with it.
The problem has gone viral and may be deeply entrenched in our modern society. This is after all the Information age that allows technology to touch almost every aspect of our lives. You no longer need a laptop or a pc to get online because mobile devices have been invented and have been adopted by many consumers. This makes it easier to track down any document available online and then to download it. The question is: why do people make duplicate content if the data is already available?
3 ways to plagiarize
There are three basic ways that people plagiarize.
- Fixed Plagiarism is the act of simply revising key main words – this means that the original content is only moderately amended. This happens all the time in the academic world.
- Substantial Plagiarism is the act of inserting the plagiarist’s ideas and concepts into the original material – there is some copying of the original material done but it is mixed with the plagiarist’s own work.
- Of course, who can forget the last type of plagiarism which is outright copying of the exact original material and passing it off as your own?
The problem seems to stem from people who want to make their work easier by not paying for the original ideas of other authors – sadly most of these content thieves will actually get away with it. That is why it is necessary to curb modern day plagiarism with helpful applications.