Saturday, November 22, 2008

Voice Your Opinion Against Plagiarism



Its a sinking feeling to know that your hard work is stolen and published without due acknowledgment.Many a times images and content have been stolen in spite of being copyrighted.Blogging community has become easy target for such cowardly act.
I request all the bloggers to come together and raise there voice this disgraceful act. In the comments section share your ways of watermarking the images and preventing the content from being copied.Use the logo and blog about your experience with plagiarism and let me know about it so that I can included it in this post.Spread the word and caution the new bloggers about copyrighting the content.

Water marking images
I use Paint tool in window or Picasa(free down loadable) to add text over my images.For the copyright symbol press control Alt and C simultaneously.Make sure the copyright is bigger in size and more noticeable.

Check out the very helpful post about water making digital images by Cham of SpiceClub. Thanks Cham for the informative Post:).
Sangeeth also shares her simple way to watermark images here.Thanks Sangeeth:)

Read these informative posts
*A very detail website about dealing with Plagiarism - Plagiarism Today
* How to copyright and protect your blog content?.
* Copy right - ways to protect your content from being stolen
* How to protect your digital images from being Stolen?
* Guide on how to Copy right or Copy protect your content

27 comments:

Cheri Sicard said...

It used to make me sick every time I saw plagiarism, but I have had to let a lot go or I would be constantly sick. I am the co-owner/editor and principle writer of www.FabulousFoods.com, www.FabulousTravel.com and www.FabulousLiving.com. I have a Google alert for all three (if you don't know about Google alerts they are great, put in a term and Google emails you anytime it finds anything published on the web about it).

Plagiarism it so pervasive, hardly a day goes by where I don't get notices of someone using our content unauthorized -- text and images most often, but sometimes one or the other (there probably are lots of our images out there but I can't get alerts on these so don't know about them). Usually there are several a day. Most folks do have the good graces to provide a link back to the site and/or credit the site. So I have stopped pursuing these, as there are so many I wouldn't have time for much else. (Don't get me wrong, I still think it's wrong and it is illegal, but I don't have enough time to pursue each case).

It's the ones who just steal the content without any credit or link back whatsoever that get to me. These are harder to find unless you happen across them (Google alert won't work unless they mention the site somewhere in the post). But I come across these all the time during surfing (these I do pursue). It is maddening. The average person just doesn't even seem to he conscious at all that there is anything wrong with what they are doing. I think an education campaign would be the first step.

Ivy said...

I've experienced plagmarism and I was very upset. I shall some back and see what others have to say.

Nick said...

Its truly a disgraceful act,we have to work together to stop plagiarism.

anudivya said...

I left a comment on Malar's website. Let us see what updates she has. This is bad.

anudivya said...

And yeah I have voiced out my opinion out loud on my blog too.
Thanks for pulling us all together!

Curry Leaf said...

Its sickening and should be stopped.What happened to her can happen tomorrow to each of us.I believe some legal step should be taken to stop this.Yes,we can support each other and do make it happen.
The research and hardwork that goes into a recipe should be appreciated,atleast left alone and not copied.Thanks Y,for this post to help and support each of us against this crime,and at the moment lets support Malar in her efforts.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

plagiarism is rife, simply because nothing much can be done about it. if someone uses your work, it's amazing that they don't have the gall to acknowledge it, but when they're making money from your work, that's totally devastating.

Sam said...

I'm a non-blogger and I totally support you ,plagiarism is other name for stealing.Bloggers show find ways to better protect their work.

Cham said...
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Cham said...

Hi Yas,
I will run a post and do a detail method how to copyright the image.
It is such heart breaking when someone scrap all ur hardwork! Let's stop together.
Cham.

veggie belly said...

Its great to see bloggers like you voicing the plagiarism issue. Hopefully, malar's copied photos will be taken down. You have a wonderful and healthy blog. Thanks for stopping by mine and leading me to yours :)

Gita's Kitchen said...

I agree with you Yas, I have also posted about this in my blog. Lets all stand together against this...

Pam said...

It's so sad that people stoop that low. I just don't understand how they can do it.

Good for you for putting this out there...I really need to start water marking my photos.

syeda said...

I reallt dont understant how can people be so ruthless to copy other person's hard work and say that it is theirs, without a thought ,really those poeple are shameless to do such things...very inethical!

Happy cook said...

I think it is sad when ppl do this, i get angry too.
I have read in few blogs that it is happening to them too.

Cheri Sicard said...

I think professionals know it's bad. But I truly believe that a lot of amateur bloggers are completely oblivious that they are doing anything wrong. At least that's been my experience and I deal with this issue constantly. That's why education is so important.

Ayesha said...

Thanks for raising awareness about this disgraceful act,Yasmeen.

Malar Gandhi said...

Thanks for the support and standing by me, dear. I will never forget your gesture. The unique post about Plagiarism & Tips to avoid situation like this...is very thoughtful and noble. Heart felt thanks dear.

Jason said...

those links are very helpful thank you.

Zee said...

Plagiarism is indeed such a heinous and obscene act..I personally have not come across this while blogging but otherwise I have..It is bitter to noitce that bloggers.. especially food bloggers who spent loads of time and hardwork on their presentations are being made targets for these kind of dastardly acts..however it is always advisable to input a comment regarding your work being copyrighted..to avoid people who feign innocence for their fallacious actions!

raaji said...

that's really is shocking to see sth like that.....never made a bundt cake,would like to taste it....

Uma said...

Getting sick of this plagiarism! Let's all stand against this.

Purva Desai said...

This is really a mater of concern and as a fellow blogger its our duty to help and raise our voice against this.....
This was really a good move

Gloria Chadwick said...

Sadly, plagiarism happens all the time. When someone steals from you, it brings up a whole range of emotions; none of them are pleasant. You feel invaded, as if someone has broken into your home and stolen from you. I've had entire books of mine ripped off and offered as free downloads, as well as having blog content swiped. I blogged about this on my Writer's Workshop blog. A good link to explore to see if your content is being stolen is: http://www.copyscape.com. Just type in your blog or website url and this service scans the entire web for duplicate copy. They also offer a badge you can display on your blog.

Cheri Sicard said...

Hi Yasmeen,

I could use some reinforcements on this plagiarism issue at one of my blogs. Someone used one of my recipes without permission, she did credit me but no link was provided. Permission to reprint was never asked for. Now one of her friends has left a post on my blog saying that I am hostile. Well maybe I am, but I have good reason to be. Not only is my meterial be used without permission, but apparently, I am the bad guy for pointing it out. All I stated was that providing a link back to the site she took the content from unauthorized was the LEAST she could do. That makes me hostile. Yeesh!

Here's is the post if you are interested

http://cookingclub.fabulousfoods.com/2008/11/still-time-to-enter-this-months-cooking.html

All the best,

Cheri

Sangeeth said...

Sick of it! Donno when ppl will change....hey I made a post reg watermarking too...Thought would be helpful!

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