A plagiarist copies an article verbatim and reproduces it elsewhere. Subsequently the author of the original article tweaks his work, as he is in the habit of doing so, just to keep the search engines happily active. Thus, the original article having undergone changes will now differ from the copied content, due to its tweaking by the author. This would render the copied content as an original, would it not?
Good question. One I've had for a long time.
No. For a start the original is the one created from scratch, whether it is online or not. So the copy is always a copy and you can always send a DMCA asserting your identity as the creator.
Secondly, copying refers not to the entire work but any recognizable part thereof. So you could still use your copy as evidence of you authorship by quoting the parts that are still the same between the two.
Also, our articles are dated, so we have proof as to when they were created. You can find the dates of creation as well as updates on your stats page.
You (or your estate) own your copyright (unless signed away) for life + 50 years
Always assert your copyright ownership to at least having a stolen copy of your work taken down
The DMCA process is there for that purpose... using it helps all of us (writers) in the long term.
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