I ranted about my ongoing battle to educate you and protect myself and others from content theft. This isn’t an issue that impacts the few and famous. Everyone is being scraped and having their content stolen.
It is so frustrating to find a fascinating article, blog about it, only be told that it is scrapped content used without permission. A lot of time is wasted and I look bad for having not verified the original source of the content.
The fact that billions of dollars are made from blog scams, scrapers, and abusers just in the United States alone, infuriates me as many of those are abusing our content – our hard work – without compensating us or even asking permission.
So this is the year I’m declaring war on the those who use our content without permission and declaring this:
The Year of Original Content
In a follow up article, “The Year of Original Content: How to Fight Back Against Abusers,” I’ve listed the tips and basics you need to know to help fight back and join me in this cause.
Let’s celebrate the unique and original voices in the redundant content of the web. Let’s honor those of us who work hard to bring you news, information, history, lessons, entertainment, and the tips you need to know to make it through the day. Let’s give credit where credit is due – to the amazing artists who publish their content on the web.
Remember, if you don’t care that anyone is using your content anywhere and any way they want, then tell them. If you want to restrict usage, then tell them. It’s your responsibility to inform the public of how you want your content to be used.
Come join Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today, myself, and others in educating yourself and your readers about plagiarism and content theft.
This one is going to take all of us. Come join our celebration of the year of original content!