“Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition.” — Oxford English Dictionary

New Millennium Laws

The law of intellectual property is there to protect all people. It protects from creatives to scientists and everyone in between regardless of the field. It doesn’t matter the subject or the intention.

Once it is in your head, it is yours forever. Once it is on paper or on your electronic device, it is your proof of ownership. It is a serious concern right now new millennium plagiarism put bloggers at risk by stealing their work.

Protecting your intellectual property is accessible, keep a copy with a date. Your website is a good start because it shows the original date of publishing. Some argue that you need to copyright, blah-blah-blah, no. As long as a third party credits the date referential, a website provider. The work is under their protection.

DeviantArt Logo
DeviantArt Logo

Laws of intellectual property had to change with time due to the extensive amount of information, i.e., articles shared on social media and the internet.

There is only so much someone can copyright. Of course, paid websites to sell goods such as RedBubble or TeePublic provides the copyright for all their artist for each piece they share because they have to and need to protect their artists and right to sell.

When it comes to social media, DeviantArt is one platform that freely gives the copyright to each of their artists and each of their artwork no matter the form. It could be literary or photography, cosplay, or drawing. They are all protected by the copyright symbol.

New Millennium Thieves

Recently, I saw that some of my articles made it to another website under a name that isn’t mine. Intrigued, I ran the article through a third-party software to look for signs of plagiarism.

It showed me that 65% of the content was plain plagiarism. I reached out to a friend who ran it through another program that confirmed our suspicions.

What does this tell us? That even bloggers have to watch their backs. I’m an artist, author, and blogger. Now, I’m a triple-threat, or triple-target might be a better fit.

I must watch my articles and make sure they don’t end up under someone else’s name, passing it as theirs — articles under the protection of the Intellectual Property Laws. Yes, you can bring in a lawyer.

Copy-pasting an article is STEALING, plain and simple. Passing one article as yours is theft. Moreover, bloggers now more than ever, with numbers of blogs growing, must watch their back.

We must stand together, and if we know someone who wrote the original article but found it under someone else’s name, we must report the action and warn the author of the so said article. It is real, new millennium plagiarism put bloggers at risk of losing their name.

Plagiarism Put Bloggers At Risk

Piracy took a new term, or at least, the term broadens with the new millennium. It started, or in its early digital days, with Napster and music, then it got in movies, any entertainment really, books even. It was a way to make quick money.

But not all as a price careers and make yourself a name as a good writer is harder to get. As a result, they turn to piracy.

Yes, piracy. Not the cool one from we see on premium cable, but the one that is backstabbing stealing and copy-pasting. Pirating in the new millennium is not unique to selling goods that don’t belong to the seller, but also taking articles and passing it as someone else’s.

Piracy just took another term, seriously, think about all the pirates of the Nassau times, they must be rolling in their graves or at least whatever remains of their skeletons.

Impostor Syndrome

It wasn’t long ago that I heard that term. I had to ask a few times what it meant. I’m still not sure I fully grasp the meaning, to be honest, but that’s beside the point.

Many people wish they had someone else’s capability of succeeding at what they do. Some people are ready to do anything to have a taste of that accomplishment feeling.

Finding my article on another website was crushing. I couldn’t understand how one could go so low as to call themselves an author yet copy-pasting my work and still maintain they have integrity. Furthermore, envy is a dominant trait, not a pretty one.

It makes people do things that they regret. Sadly, for many, passing themselves as authors, artists, anything really, with the work of others is legal until they face the consequences of their actions.

The impostor syndrome is a real case. People are turning to it for their gain. Not many want to do the work or possess the necessary qualities to achieve what they want and turn to copy and to paste or to steal.

I didn’t believe in it until I saw my article, well one of many over time, on someone else’s website. The threat is real, new millennium plagiarism put bloggers at risk and it can grow out of proportion quickly.

Bloggers At Risk

Plagiarism is real, copy-pasting is a fraud, i.e., a crime. The only way to protect ourselves is to watch each other’s back. We must support one another and report any suspicious activity.

The stranger thing is to look for stalkers. If you notice someone is following your every move, maybe ask around about that person. It might surprise you how small the indie community is and how helpful we can be.

If we do support one another by keeping an eye out on other people’s blogs to ensure their work is at the right place, then we can at least keep plagiarism at a minimum activity. I do know it sounds like much work, but until you find your piece on someone else’s blog, only then can you understand it is worth it.

Social Media
Social Media

I have a few editor friends who go through the work of many writers working for companies. They run their articles through software made to detect plagiarism. It is not rare.

It happens every single day for the ridiculous subjects. Thieves are everywhere, and copy-pasting is universal. We must put an end to it.

Ultimately, piracy in the selling goods department might be out of our control, but we can control plagiarism if we want it to be.

New Millennium New Plagiarism

If you own a blog with many writers, run the articles through software made to recognize plagiarism. No percentage is acceptable. The only acceptable percentage is 0%. That’s integrity and respect. Period.

As for us bloggers, we know what we need to do. Look out for each other and support one another.

We must stick together and create a safe environment so that any impostor find themselves under the spotlight of shame. We must denounce them and report them to preserve our work.

Tell me creatives, writers, blog owners, when it comes to theft when is enough, enough?

The OCD Author,
Alexa Wayne