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The DMCA Copyright Agreement Protects All Forms of Online Work

Updated on November 4, 2017
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Mother of two girls & grandmother to 6. Writing is my hobby, my work, my play, & my passion. I have enjoyed writing online since March 2007.

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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

In 1997 U.S. Laws were put into place to protect those who post material on the Internet. These first controls with known as the No Electronic Theft' Act.

To further increase online safety The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was created to strengthen the intellectual rights of those individuals who post material on the Internet.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was passed through U.S. congress October 12, 1998 and signed into law October 28, 1998 making individuals who unlawfully plagiarize online material financially liable for their actions.

No matter how you spell it - It is still plagiarism.

You can pretty it up, use what you believe is a good excuse, or just claim naivety but plagerize, plagiarize, plageriz, plagarize, plagerise, plagairize, plagarizm, plagerism, plajerism is still plagiarism no matter how you spell it.

There is a right way and a wrong way to cite another person's online work.

It can be all too easy to copy and paste, improperly quote, or intentionally plagiarize the material on an online website.

Sometimes this plagiarism occurs because of a lack of knowledge as to how an article or image should be properly cited. Occasionally the plagiarism is intentional.

No matter what the circumstances are the act of plagiarizing, or improperly quoting an online article, photograph, or image, can get you into one big bad mess of trouble. It is theft and it is not acceptable. It can also leave you financial liable for the use of this material.

There is a right way, and a wrong way to cite another person's online work, and it is very important that you know which is which.

Photos displayed on this webpage are my own or are courtesy of Karenswhimsy.com.

Important links to help you protect yourself against plagiarism.

Plagiarism Today Website: Stock letters for DMCA complaint. Stock DMCA letters

http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stock-letters/

Find out who is hosting the website so that you can send in a DMCA copyright notice to have the website remove for plagiarism of your work.

http://www.whoishostingthis.com/

Whois.net Lookup

http://www.whois.com/whois/

The correct way to quote an online article:

There really is a right way, and a wrong way, to copy and paste or quote another person's online article. Always read the complete web content to see if the author, artist, or photographer has listed any instructions as to whether or not they will allow their work to be used elsewhere.

If you cannot find anything listed on the website which says that you are free to use the work, then consider the work off limits for you to copy and paste elsewhere, or you may be held financially liable for the use of that work on your web site.

When you wish to create a direct written quote from a website:

a) Never copy and paste large sections of the article.

It is generally acceptable to quote about 200 characters, or two lines of text, from an online article. Any more than this amount can be considered by the author, or creator of the site, as plagiarism.

b) Always clearly link back to the original article.

You must in no way misrepresent the work as your own. You are always required to provide a link back to the original article, generally within, or immediately before or after, a quoted text.

Important Google - Hostgator - Wordpress plagiarism and spam complaint tools:

Removing Content From Google

Google Removal Requests

If the website is hosted by HostGator then you can use this link to file your DMCA complaint.

http://www.hostgator.com/dmca

Wordpress.com DMCA notices can be sent here. Wordpress.org notices are hosted elsewhere and must be dealt with by contacting the individual webhosting companies.

http://automattic.com/dmca/

Proper grammar is important so check your work or have a friend proof read for you.

Always cite a source of information.

Even if you do not use a direct quote, but instead simply garner information from an article, then you are still responsible for citing your source of information. You can usually do this by providing a link to the article at the foot of your page under the heading "Sources".

Don't think that you can simply change a few words in each sentence and consider it your own creation. This is known as article spinning and it is still categorized as plagiarism.

You will have to use your own creativity, your own unique keywords, and at least a couple of sources to create an original work.

Try to find at least three sources for your articles as this will show you the different ways in which the topic can be discussed and hopefully also a couple of unique viewpoints on your subject. List your sources or provide a link back to them.

Have your words, art, or photos ever been plagiarized?

Have your words, art, or photos ever been plagiarized?

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Don't ever simply presume that an online picture, photo, or other image is free for you to use.

Online photographs, pictures, drawings, and other images all fall under the DMCA copyright agreement act. These images are not available for you to copy and use on your site unless the website they are placed on specifically states that you many use them.

Generally any photograph or image that is available for copy and paste will hold a creative commons license on them stating that you are able to use them in some way. Be absolutely sure that you follow these guidelines exactly as they are expressed by the contributor.

If you can find no mention of a creative commons license, or information stating that the image resides in the Public Domain, then consider the image to be off limits. You should not copy or use this image in any way, shape, or form.

Don't be discouraged though as there are many ways still to acquire online photographs, pictures, and other forms of images. Many pictures fall into the category of public domain and these are completely free for public use. One of my favorite public domain image sites is: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

You can also find great images at http://karenswhimsy.com/public-domain-images/ which contains public domain pictures from printed text prior to 1923.

The US Fish and Wildlife Public Domain Digital Library which provides public domain wildlife images free for public use. http://digitalmedia.fws.gov/

Be sure to link back to the site that provides you with the free photographs or images. It's the professional thing to do, and to be a truly good writer, one should write and quote professionally at all times.

Have you ever plagiarized someone else's work?

Have you ever plagiarized someone else's work?

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Writing online is a great way to have your computer work for you.

So please do not copy and paste, improperly quote, or intentionally plagiarize this article. I would really appreciate it.

Have you ever been affected by plagiarism?

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      BarbaraCasey 2 years ago

      "Back in the day," I've had entire web pages copied. It wasn't against the rules then and now that I've revised my sites a couple of time, my original copyright date won't be as evident, aside from the WayBack Machine. At least back then the copiers linked back to my sites. It's a different story now. I appreciate your posting this link in the forum Lorelei.

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      fibonacci1123 3 years ago

      So is saying where you got the photo from enough?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great article! As a professional, I would never risk my reputation or contracts by plagiarizing. It's paramount to being a store owner and stocking shelves with goods stolen from others. I have had a couple of authors include previously published articles in their books, but have enjoyed full credit and benefits for it. I think people are more likely to plagiarize photographs, thinking that if they find it on the web, it's public domain. Which it is not. Written plagiarism is more common in college--students not wanting to write their own essays or reports.

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      My visual and written content have been copied and used without permission or citation. It's a constant battle to find plagiarized work.

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      Fullcrum8 4 years ago

      No thank you for sharing this information, it will help to keep me out of hot water.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Yes, but in a good way if there is such a thing. The message I wanted to get out there did.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @AlleyCatLane: I think internet plagiarism should be taught in high school because a lot of people just do not understand. Others unfortunately understand all too well and yet still steal articles and photos when they know that it is hurting another person. Very sad.

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Yes, I have had articles scraped and had to file DMCA notices several times. This lens should be mandatory reading for every lensmaster.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @ChristyZ: It is theft. No matter how you look at it they are guilty of stealing your property.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Susan Zutautas: Yes it is a constant battle I find I have the same fight on my hands. The good news is that each time we remove one it helps out a lot of writers. Especially if the plagiarist loses their Adsense and Amazon affiliate accounts.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Normyo Yonormyo: I copy and paste sections into the google search bar and find it that way.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've had over 200 articles copied. I filed DMCA's so many times that it makes my head spin.

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      Normyo Yonormyo 4 years ago

      Thanks for an informative lens.

      However it would be handy if sites like squidoo offered a method of finding out in a simple way if an article is been plagiarized.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      I've had two people actually steal all of the content from one of my blogs and just throw it up on their site. I wonder if they even have a conscious.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I know a lot of folks think that it is ok if they found it on the internet. I am always trying to explain that to folks and you have certainly done an excellent job here. From now on, I will just refer them to this great page. Thank you.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I have had my work plagiarized, but even before that happened I never would have dreamed of plagiarizing someone else's work. This is such an important and helpful page and I'm grateful to you for helping to educate more writers about the importance of proper citation of text and images as well as avoiding the use of images without explicit permission and citation instructions. Thank you for sharing!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Not to my knowledge...but I certainly will look into it now, after reading this page. This shows an in depth knowledge of the rules of crediting text and photos. This is something people who are new to writing truly need to know. Thanks for sharing.

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      burntchestnut 4 years ago

      Good advice. I have never checked if I've been plagiarized, but I plan to.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      Yes, I have. I had to go to the site administrator and complain. When I checked next, my copy was taken off of the site.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't check to see if my work has been plagiarized and it's something that I really need to start doing. Thanks for sharing this page with.

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      Jack 4 years ago

      Thanks for the plagiarism resources. This is an excellent article.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I am so glad that you discovered the correct way to create articles early in your career. It will give you a much better chance for success.

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      Fiorenza 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for this great article and also the linked one on Zujava that I went on to read. I knew about a few of these picture sites but you've pointed me to some more good ones so I have bookmarked them for future use. Sorry to hear you have your work plagiarised and so often.

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      mairsh 4 years ago

      Copying content from someone else website does not work anymore, as Google only rank well the website where content was published first.

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      mairsh 4 years ago

      there is no shortcut for success and plagiarists don't know it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @ericsdorsey: Just copy and paste small sections of your article into the google search bar to check. Generally start with the first lines of your articles as these are the most plagiarized copy.

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      ericsdorsey 4 years ago

      I'm not sure if I've been affected by plagiarism. This would be a good thing to look into. Thank you for posting this.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Paul Ward: Thank you Paul. I started this articles as a means for me organize the links that I use to fight plagiarism of my articles. As I find new information I post it on here as well.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Board-Game-Brooke: Unfortunately plagiarism seems to be quite rampant as of late. Some is through lack of awareness but most is done intentionally. I hope this article helps you remove much of it.

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      Sadly, I did some checking today and I'm seeing that little bits and pieces of some of my top-ranked lenses have been stolen and republished elsewhere on the web. I guess I should be glad that it's just a few sentences of each rather than the entire lens, but it's still upsetting.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Blessed for succinctness - and should be made mandatory reading

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Great set of very useful resoiurces, I don't think my lenses have attracted any plagiarists yet but nice to know if ever needed.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Thank you for talking about this important issue... I have had my articles used by others before... and I don't mind, but it's imperative to cite. Blessed!

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a useful and practical resource to help understand this important issue which has become rampant. Part of it is lack of knowledge, as you said, especially when new people start online. On the other hand, some of it is just blatant. With the WWW growing at such a frightful pace, I think education on the issue is key.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh my, have I been affected by plagiarism? I've had people lift entire pages of content! Personally, it has worn me out.

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      Glad I happened on you! I knew if anyone had a good thorough page on plagiarism.I think I shall post this at the end of some of my image pages, as a deterrant not to copy.

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      Thanks for all of the great information here. Definitely going to bookmark this one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I have had several of my images stolen including my logo! Fortunately, these days it is easier to catch those who steal content and artwork. Cheers!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with fresh angel dust for this well written and very important article.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      This page is awesome! I know when I wrote for Epinions many, many, many moons ago, there was the occasional plagiarizer but they were pretty good at spotting them right away. I really do think this is a must read for any writer.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Added this excellent lens to the right sidebar of my latest lens. Hope it helps! Sincerely, Rose

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      This plagiarism page is seriously a must read for many. I still think this page should be pinned on top of the critique forum :)

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a resource that should be put out as a sticky note in the forum. Really worthwhile. I have not really searched my articles or lenses...so I don't know whether someone has copied it or not.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      I came back to Google +1, FB Like, and Tweet this, it's very informative and helpful.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      I have had my work plagiarized and it is infuriating . . I won't go into details, but I truly believe these people 'don't get it.' They really should be banned or something. Thank you for drawing attention to this very prevalent problem.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Came back to google +1 this gem. Thank you for all that you do for us on Squidoo.

      Love always to you and yours,

      Rose

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @KathyMcGraw2: Yes, I agree Kathy. Knowledge is such a powerful thing to have, and for those who do not understand that copyright violation exists on the Internet, it could change how they conduct their future activities. Businesses too must work at stopping plagiarism.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I had one plagiarist come here and comment that he had not known it was indeed theft and was changing but usually that is not the outcome with plagiarism. Intentional or not, plagiarism does hurt real people, it is theft and it takes income from those who may need it most.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @indigoj: Plagiarism seems to be a never ending battle on the Internet. It is sad that these individuals do not see, or seem to care, about the individuals who they steal from.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Thank you for continuing the exhausting fight against plagiarism. Yes, I have been plagiarised and it is not pleasant. Blessing this lens and best of luck to you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent and easy to understand...wouldn't it be nice if those plagiarizing you constantly would read this and have a lightbulb moment...crossing my fingers and toes!

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      You did a good job with this and hopefully a lot of people that might not understand about copy and paste, plagiarism, and copyright laws will find it :)

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      BRAVO! *** Blessed by a bus-riding SquidAngel *** touring the Writing neighborhood for: Saying what I have long-wished someone would say, clear information, and protecting fellow writers. We work hard and stealing is stealing, even online.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I am so glad that you found this site. Many people are confused by this same issue when they first begin working on the Internet. Photos and images are an area that really confuses people and they do not understand that taking images is also a form of plagiarism and theft. Best of wishes to you on your online journey.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Haha, I started my blog by thinking that I can be a good blogger, created my first post completely copying from another person's blog, he contacted me to remove the post.

      After having that incident I found your post,

      Great Post of yours .. 10/10

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @poptastic: Good luck with your plagiarism issue arncyn. Best wishes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @BestRatedStuff: I am so glad that this article on copy and paste and plagiarism was able to help you. Best wishes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Sylvestermouse: Yes, many of us writers have been hurt by plagiarists and it is a crime that should not go unpunished. I am so glad that Google is working to help stop the illegal practice of stealing other persons writings.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Plagiarism is a huge problem. I appreciate you taking the time to spell it out for us and also for giving us the resource links to try to deal with it when it happens.

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      Pat Moire 6 years ago from West Village, New York City

      Thank you for putting all these recommendations one place about the right way to quote another person's text from online sources. Short and sweet, and highly recommended.

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      Excellent lens, just the info I was looking for. Been having a bit of a difficult time getting my head round this, from both ends.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Such an excellent lens. I can't believe how obvious it really is when someone copies & pastes. You can tell the shift in writing style. And, simply put, it turns me off - even when what is written is factual. This lens needs to be in your devoted section of my 'Squidoo people with a good heart.' Sure hope it gets more exposure that way. Fondly, Rose

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      cloudiosify 6 years ago

      Nice lens, plagiarism is really a serious problem.

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      Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

      One of my top lenses has been locked because HQ thinks I plagiarized the content when in fact, the other site was the one who copied it word for word (including my own testimonial & photos about the beauty product). I've already reported it to HQ but as I'm still waiting for their feedback, I just wanted to tell you that this excellent lens has provided me some comfort....so thanks for writing this, Ladymermaid. I'll make sure to follow the steps in the Copyscape link and I hope I can get the other site to bring my content down.

      Also, ~Blessed~

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @juliannegentile: Thank you for stopping by and placing this kindness on my lens. Best wishes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @dwnovacek: Thank you so much. It is always nice to hear the flutter of little angel wings overhead :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @joanhall: Dido :)

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Thank you! Blessed!

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi! I'm adding this as a featured lens on "Plagiarism Sucks!"

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      dwnovacek 6 years ago

      Great information here that will help both authors and those who want to promote an authors work (but not steal it!). Blessed by your 'How to Write Online" neighborhood Squid Angel!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @LisaAuch1: Lol...I wish the folks who are plagiarizing my articles would take the time to read this. Best wishes.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      fantastic everyone should read this ~BLESSED~

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Krafick: There is just so much. It would not be such a bad thing but it affects the earnings of those who count on their online earnings to see them through from payday to payday. Many are seniors, disabled, or single moms who count on this income.

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Important lens. It seems that there is a lot of plagiarism on the web.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Excellent lens on an important topic that all writers and blog enthusiasts need to know!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Kiwisoutback: I am fighting it right now too..

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @dellgirl: Lol...I love a revisit. Thank you for the positive feedback.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I agree, this is an Extremely Useful Squidoo Lens! Nicely Done!

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Oops, I meant "an" impressive lens.

      And, llease excuse the double posting, I just couldn't let that go, would have bugged the dickens out of me -- forEVER.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, full of fantastic tips, thank you for sharing this. It is exactly what I need to know..

      5 stars for an impressive lens, thumbs up, favoriting, and lensrolling.

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Plagiarism is a nuisance. I've had to contact several people who have been content thieves to take down the stolen articles. I guess policing your own content becomes part of the job if you write online.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      this helps clarify the guidelines between what is research and what is just copying and how to credit the source. Well-done!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you , there is a lot of information which I was not aware of.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderfully written, a very important topic.

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      jennikitten lm 6 years ago

      Thanks, very useful lens.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      This should be pin on top of the "introduce yourself" and "critique me" forum. It is depressing the see the amount of new lensmaster that just do copy/paste lens....

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for explaining the proper way to do things. I find the different kinds of licenses confusing, but am trying to understand them. *Angel Blessed* =D

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Important information. thanks

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      We need more people promoting this information, especially around Cirtique Me. I have lensrolled this lens to my "So you want me to critique your lens" (which is about similar topics) and "Is this plagiarism quiz" lenses.