How Do You Feel When Someone Copies and Pastes Your Post?

This is probably one of those posts where not everyone is going to agree with what I say or why I say it 8-)

But it’s one of the most common traps for new people — so we do need to discuss our views!

Here’s what I say:

It’s really great to love someone else work!

But you can’t copy and paste large sections or complete articles from other bloggers posts directly into posts on your blog or website.

You don’t do it for a few reasons.

Firstly if a blogger doesn’t include a Creative Commons license it means every thing that is written on their blog or website is automatically copyright.  Direct copying  of large sections or their complete article is only allowed with permission from that blogger.

Secondly most people consider it breaking blogging etiquette and a form of plagiarism.

Yes, publishing content online is about sharing and collaborating but it’s important to remember it can take considerable time for the original person to create that content.  Copy and pasting their content takes you seconds.

It might be harsh words but think of it as no different than copy and pasting a school assignment.

The whole idea of sharing is you build on their original work and input your own ideas/thoughts.

Attributing Another Person’s Content

Appropriate blogging etiquette is you can use a few paragraphs of their work and attribute them as the original source by including a link to their post.

Ideally you would also write a few of your own paragraphs expand on the topic.

For example, I’ve taken a paragraph from Larry Ferlazzo’s post and used it in my own post.

Here’s how I’ve attributed his words:

Example of attributing another bloggers content

Please note:

  • It’s common practice to indent if you are quoting other people’s content.

Posting Content With Permission

It’s not fine to copy an entire post written by another person, even if they use a Creative commons license, and even if you have attributed them as the original source, unless they have given you permission.

Key aspects when someone gives you permission is to acknowledge the original author, the website, their permission and link to the location where the content is from.

For example, Kathleen McGeady gave me permission to republish her post on Teaching Commenting Skills on this blog.

Here’s how I acknowledged her work:

How you show someone has given your permission to publish their posts

What To Do If Someone Copy/Paste Your Content

It’s generally a new person that gets caught out copy/pasting content because they aren’t aware that it isn’t appropriate.

Your best approach is to contact them privately, by email if possible,  to request them to remove your content and explain the reasons why.  Remember they are new and they didn’t realise.

Final Thoughts

So there’s my thoughts!

Feel free to leave a comment to share your thoughts:

  • Do you agree?
  • Disagree?
  • What other important advice would you give new people?

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68 Responses

  1. I strongly agree with all you have said Sue.

    This is not only etiquette but a way to show a collaborative work environment. Thanks for all the wonderful advice and work you do.

    Simon

  2. Hi Sue

    Thank you for this very important post. I agree with your opening comments that not everyone will agree with what you say. I agree wholeheartedly with everything you posted.

    In the beginning, many years ago, I felt incredibly angry people stole my content and posted it on their site. I think most of this was because people generally weren’t aware of plagiarism and copyright. Hopefully, your post will change that a little.

    Today, I just sigh and feel resigned to the fact I have to waste more of my time tracking down an e-mail address to tell the offender they need to attribute my content. I could just let it go, I suppose.

    My most recent grumbles are with those who upload my lessons on document upload sites. I can easily find hundreds of my lessons plagiarized / stolen within half-an-hour of searching. Some of these sites offer cash to anyone who uploads any content (of course there is a small tut-tut warning about copyright, but that seems to be outstandingly ignored). You have to question how these sites allow their users to upload 100,000 docments and whole copyrighted books! But then the answer is easy – money.

    I used to raise a DMCA complaint but found that was even more time-wasting – filling in one-hundred of those or making another three (new) lessons for my sites.

    I hope your post reaches millions. It is well-written and succinct.

    Best wishes,

    Sean

    • Tracee Orman says:

      I agree 100% Sue and believe this should be taught in school and is just as important as learning to properly cite a research paper. I teach high school English and have found plagiarism to be worse than ever. I don’t think the problem will get better anytime soon, unfortunately.

      Sean – I have the same problem with document uploads and it is so frustrating. I also raised a few DMCA complaints and it was incredibly time consuming. The more I tried to catch them, the more I’d find brand-new sites popping up–some charging $ like you said. How can they even do this? I feel as though there needs to be a better system in place to catch people. I have Google alerts and often email the violators first, but even that is time-consuming. Ugh!!!

  3. cwaste says:

    I liked your post and will link to it! Thank you for the practical advice!

  4. Hi Sue,

    This is a great post. My only comment would be that copying and pasting without permission is outright plagiarism which is illegal. As a writer, I don’t think we should soften the fact that what you are doing when you copy/paste without permission is break the law.

    Having said that, if it’s an honest mistake made by someone new to blogging, writing or publishing, I can cope with that. Many advantages exist when you make an attribution in your blog and new bloggers might not understand that.
    1) Seach engines love outbound links. Including attributes with links in your blog post is a great way to contribute to your SEO.
    2) Attribution helps establish your credibility as someone who is widely read and doing their research.
    3) You build equity in the blogger community. I know when people link to one of my blogs, I make sure and return the favour. It might take a month or two but that’s not a bad thing, either. It means I’m reading posts I might not have known about before.

    Thanks for tackling a sticky but worthy topic.

  5. Talia says:

    I agree with this whole-hearted Sue.

    It is so rude and inconsiderate to copy someone else’s words into your own post. Content from other people should always be attributed to them. :-)

  6. Matt Hughes says:

    I agree to an extent. I dont think it needs to be over the top a link to the post or their website should be sufficient as long as its not being passed off as their own work I dont see the issue.

  7. Gail P says:

    I have been blogging for a couple of years now so those who are relatively new to it can relax a bit when I say, I have “borrowed” some material from others . In my KidAreHeroes post, I twice borrowed a paragraph from the KAH site to explain our purpose in participating in a project. Even though I used quotes and italics to set it apart, I never contacted the originator for his permission. I know the originator was happy to share it but still, it bears attention.
    Sue, you have opened my eyes yet again. In the future, I will seek permission before using more than a few words and even those can be attributed to the originator.

  8. John Spencer says:

    Excellent points!

    I think some people go overboard with the notion of sharing and linking and they miss the etiquette. However, I would argue that it is beyond simply etiquette and even legality. It’s an issue of ethics. It’s wrong to steal.

    With that said, I have had people paste entire blog posts of mine. I have a Creative Commons license and I don’t care — especially when they provide commentary afterward. Sometimes a whole post is needed.

  9. Darcie says:

    Hi Sue,
    I also agree with your thoughts. I read personal, professional and educational blogs and one of the blogs I’ve been reading has a post every Friday where the blogger lists posts and links to other blogs she has read during the week and wants to share with her readers. I liked the idea for my educational blog and so when I read something during the week and like it, I create a draft post listing the name of the post and the blog and link to it and then post it on my blog at the end of the week.

  10. ddeubel says:

    I won’t get into who is right or who is wrong. We all have our “feelings” (and that’s all they are – a version of “truth”.

    I’ll only add, ANYONE can take my words and do whatever they want with them. Also, anything I create. I’m in it for the “ideas” and not any pandering of ego, name or who mentioned it. At the end of the day, we are all like Heraclitus, forgotten, misquoted and walking in rivers we will never ever step into again.

    Technology is chipping and chewing away at the idea of “entitled thought”. I’ll be glad when that tree falls and we can read all the books and webpages of the world for their content and not WHO wrote it or having to pay some quack. It’s all been said before – we authors are only reminding others.

    Still, I do respect others wishes. We are all different.

    DD
    http://eflclassroom.com

  11. Tara Benwell says:

    Great post. This happened to me this week. I wrote a blog and it seems it was quickly snapped up and converted into an English lesson with a slight change of wording. At first it made me angry, but then I thought, oh well, at least I inspired someone and hopefully some English learners will benefit. Then again, perhaps we all just think our ideas are more original than they really are. I just challenged my English students to take a Plagiarism Pledge and then I stumbled across your post. I hope to do my part in teaching learners the difference between being inspired and copying.

  12. Excellent post, Sue.

    As teachers I feel we need to lead by example, and copying and pasting other people’s content without permission and/or attribution sends entirely the wrong message to students.

    I’m more inclined to be disappointed rather than angry when I see educators doing this as I would honestly expect them to know better, but speaking personally, I always ask people to remove anything I’ve written which has been copied without permission as a matter of principle.

    Whilst I accept that it is often done in ignorance, the bottom line is that it is still plagiarism and if we are not prepared to tolerate this kind of behaviour on the part of students, then it seems to me hypocritical to turn a blind eye to it when we see our peers doing the same thing.

  13. Jane Balvanz says:

    Thanks for such a well-written and timely post. I totally agree with you! Good writing is labor intensive, and the quickie copy-paste method of lifting another’s material is akin to robbing your neighbor’s vegetable garden after she toiled a summer’s worth. I appreciate your examples of how to use intellectual property appropriately.

  14. EdTechSandyK says:

    Excellent points in the post and follow-up comments! I suppose it is often ignorance on the part of the copiers, but still sad that educated people have to be reminded using someone else’s work without attribution and/or permission is wrong. Just because computers make it easy for us to copy and paste does not mean we should. Good for those of you that contact the copiers and help them learn proper etiquette!

    I am curious what people think about folks who use Diigo to create blog posts, where the post mostly consists of a link back to someone else’s blog or web page and then whole chunks of text that were highlighted on that page. Sometimes the Diigo user makes comments on what he/she pulled over into their own blog, and sometimes not. Have you all seen posts like this? Is it enough to just link back to the original blog?

  15. Kathy Schrock says:

    It is nice to know that I am not the only one who believes in respecting the intellectual property rights of others (and expects others to do the same for mine)…

    Thank you for a great post!

    Kathy

  16. Articles23 says:

    Thank you for such a well-written and important post. I really agree with you!

  17. kim sivick says:

    This is great information, thanks for clarifying. I am less than one month into my first blog. I have hesitated to add links or quote others. Now that I have some clear instruction, I may try. Thanks again from a newbie!

  18. 2121Vision says:

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for this informative post. We will be linking to this and discussing in one of the Yr6 classes we are supporting with ICT integration in Sydney. They are blogging and using Twitter (@Yr6Explores1984) to explore issues surrounding Orwell’s work, eg propaganda, advertising, freedom of speech > relating these issues to how we interact online and social networking etc.

    I’d like to add that when used in an educational setting, it’s important to embed these digital citizenship issues into the learning and exploring which the students are engaging in. It’s vital that they see copyright/plagiarism issues IN THE CONTEXT of how they blog, twitter etc so that they learn it’s important to acknowledge the ownership of material they read and borrow in their own work.

    I’ll be in their class again next week with their teacher and we’ll be discussing your post.

    regards

    Mira Danon-Baird
    @mdanonbaird

  19. Eilis Peale says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I sent you an email regarding the Lexington account. I’m posting a comment here, because I’ve sent several emails to you in the last week or so, and I’m not sure if they made it through to your inbox.

    Hope you are having a good day!

    Eilis

    • Sue Waters says:

      @Eilis Peale, I’ve just sent you a response from Edublogs support via your work and yahoo account. Can you check and confirm if you have received them to both accounts?

      • Eilis Peale says:

        Hi, Sue,

        I received your email on both accounts. About an hour ago, I replied from my school account, but I don’t know if you got it, so I just sent another email from my Yahoo address. Please let me know if either or both emails came through. Thanks!!

        • Sue Waters says:

          @Eilis Peale, I haven’t received your reply from one hour ago from your school email or your Yahoo yet :(

          I will leave it a bit longer. If I don’t respond — can you send me an email again from both accounts as a final check?

          • Eilis Peale says:

            Just sent another attempt. :)

          • Sue Waters says:

            @Eilis Peale, I’ve just received two emails into Edublogs support. Both forwarded from Sunday, March 14, 2010, 7:46 PM

            I definitely didn’t receive that email before. And so you are aware all emails are always responded to within 24 hours/7 days a week.

            Did you receive a response to my email this morning?

  20. Sue Waters says:

    Oops apologies everyone in advance for the extremely long response.

    But as each of you took the time to provide your own thoughtful comments I felt it was important for me to follow up with my own responses.

    @collier.simon Thanks for your nice words.

    Your class blog is looking really good. But wondering if you are having any troubles with the embeds on pages when you are editing? Just asking as it can cause problems — hope you don’t mind me asking. Your other option is to use categories on posts — please let me know if you would like me to give you ideas on how you could do that.

    @Sean Banville I do hope that my post helps make people more aware of the fact that copy/pasting isn’t acceptable by most people.

    It is time consuming to contact people and I will only do it when they copy large chunks of posts especially those including lots of screenshots. The other aspect is because of my role it is important for me to educate them because it can become a really bad habit if you don’t educate them early and considerably worse for them if some one decides to publicly shame them.

    That is really terrible about them using lessons as that is considerably worse.

    @Sarah Mitchell Totally agree in regards to being illegal. There are a few interesting aspects to it. Unfortunately most people, often both the blogger and the person who copies the post, aren’t aware that without a Creative Commons licence on the blog all content is copyright. Regardless most bloggers would be fine with one-two paragraphs provided there was attribution.

    Why haven’t I put a Creative Commons on my blog? Unfortunatley because there are many that would decide it is acceptable to copy/paste entire posts. Most of my work has Creative Commons but copyright on this blog gives me considerably more control of my content — I’m sure there are many that won’t agree with my approach :)

    @Matt Hughes Unfortunately unless you make sure it is properly worded it can easily appear to be your own work. Written text is easily misinterpreted. I would rather go over board than have others assume the content I’ve provided was my own work.

    @Gail P To be honest if you’ve only used one to two paragraphs and have acknowledged the original source most people would be happy that you have used without asking permission. Where it becomes a real problem is when you use all their content and don’t acknowledge them at all.

    @John Spencer Etiquette is definitely an important part of it and we each have our own opinions of what we consider appropriate ettiquette. Unfortunatley too often I see copy/pasting of entire posts without any building on the original work.

    For me I do take it personally because I know how long it takes to write some of the posts they’ve copied.

    @Darcie Compiling a list of posts that are worth reading and why you should check them out is a really good approach especially when you build on it with your own thoughts. I follow all pingbacks on my posts to see what others have said and it is always helpful when they mentioned aspects I haven’t considered.

    @ddeubel for me it isn’t about me owning the idea, the words, the thoughts but rather if I’ve spent considerable time writing the content I don’t want someone taking seconds on their time to pass it off as their own work. I’m always more than happy for others to take my thoughts, expand, disgree and improve but not other. But yeah after someone copy/pasting one of my entire websites and passing it off as their own work I accept that I am very passionate on this topic.

    @Tara Benwell I often have other blogging companies contact me to convert my posts into other languages. I have absolutely no issue with that provided that the content is attributed to all the original sources and that everyone benefits in the process.
    @Sue Lyon-Jones I wonder if part of the problem is that as educators we’ll often use the material under the basis of Fair use and we become so used to the fact that is appropriate that we apply those same principles online?

    @Jane Balvanz Love the veggie garden analogy. That is a good one! Similar principle really — bartering and sharing is fine.

    @EdTechSandyK I haven’t looked too closely at the Diigo post but I don’t have any issues with the Delicious ones — especially when they build on the reasons why you should check out the original post.

    @kim sivick Glad my information has helped you. There is so much to learn with you first start blogging. Hopefully this helps with one aspect of it.

    @Mira Danon-Baird I’m glad to hear that the classes will be discussing this topic as it is important to understand the issues. Will love to hear the students thoughts on it!

    @cwaste @Talia @Kathy Schrock @Articles23 Thanks for your words of support. This is one of the posts I’ve held off writing for a long time because we all have our own views on what is appropriate ettiquette

  21. Eilis Peale says:

    I got an email responding to mine about the check being en route. Was that the one you sent? :)

    • Sue Waters says:

      @Eilis Peale, yes that is the one I sent. Interesting I received your email when you forwarded them but not the originals. If in ever doubt just send a cc copy to my personal email.

      I’ll go through all our emails in support and see if I can spot your others and see what I can work out.

  22. Mrs. Aber says:

    Dear Sue,

    We are a 5th grade class of students(and teacher) who are very new to blogging. We have been reading your articles about commenting and blogging. We like your information and will be using some of it as we begin the blogging challenge.
    You are very good at encouraging people to blog. We have learned a lot from reading your posts and articles.
    We agree that copying and pasting from other people’s blogs is plagerism. We will make sure that we use our own words and sentences.
    Thank you for all your help!
    Mrs. Aber’s 5th Grade ELA class.

    • Sue Waters says:

      @Mrs. Aber, Thanks Mrs. Aber’s 5th Grade ELA class for your nice words.

      I’m glad my posts and support are helping you and your students. I think working online makes you even more aware of the importance of appropriate use of content.

      I would love to drop past and leave a comment for your students. Can you give me your blog URL so I can visit your class blog?

  23. deangroom says:

    I agree Sue, and these are wise examples. It goes to the fact that if you are writing academically, then this is a tremendous way to set students on the correct path. Being able to conduct even a small literature review of what others are saying – be than in your own class – blogs, news or journal papers is sound practice. Being able to look at those who oppose or agree encourages critical thinking – a bibliography is okay to show the scope of research – however being able to reference work – critically – to demonstrate understanding – applied to your own work and argument is something that becomes a capstone skill as students move to senior and college environments.

    Many will encounter solutions such as Turn It In down the line. Being able to have workable standards, methods and norm behaviours is something that every teacher has an ethical and professional duty to teach. It is unacceptable for teachers to continue to use plain text in their own work, and worse that they cannot create a hyperlink to summise or support their content. I think it shows a massive difference between the ‘content bombers’ and those teachers who engage in deeper thought. If I was hiring a teacher – I would as to see this skill being demonstrated with students. It is a foundation skill.

  24. Hi Sue!
    You go girl!

    Fantastic article – I am sending a link to a colleague doing an info science diploma to highlight the need for ettiquette, professionalism online and general good manners in using and correctly attributing others’ works.
    As Tomas Lasic put it – excellent and clear – a good gripe!

    Ciao for niao!
    PeterSW

    • Sue Waters says:

      @Dean Thanks Dean. This is one of those posts that I sat on for about 2 years because I knew that not everyone would totally agree with my views on it.

      However, I really do believe the skills that we need educators to be modeling and teaching their students is that freely sharing content is about attributing others work and building on each others ideas/thoughts.

      @Peter Thanks for sharing with your colleague. Hopefully it helps them and they’ll share it with others.

  25. Mathew says:

    This was a well timed article for me since I just experienced having one of my posts taken word for word and reposted. Thanks.

  26. isabel says:

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  27. isabel says:

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  28. dfavoredone says:

    This was a great post. It is very informative. Prior to reading this, I would have never consider sharing information from one blog to another a copyright infringement. Technology is so vast and makes information so accessible that it is hard to have clarity on which items are open for sharing and which would be consider a violation. Your blog has provided plain and simple information to help avoid such infringements and has defintely given me the thought to be careful in the future. Thanks for sharing.

  29. jpreston says:

    Thank you for the guidelines of copy and paste in blogging. I am just getting started and I appreciate the good advice.

  30. Mea culpa.

    Sue — I recently quoted one of your posts in one of my posts. It was a post that appeared on my blog via a clipping I made using Amplify.com. As you may or may not know, Amplify is a service that allows users to do Web clippings and then comment on them and there is an option to have that sent to one’s WordPress blog. Here is the clip in question: http://bit.ly/bAxkrN

    Now normally, when I write a blog post from scratch in WordPress quoting someone’s post and adding a remark or reflection to it, I only quote a small, necessary portion. And I *always* reference the author with a link and the proper quote indication. I had a bad experience a few years back of someone reposting my blog posts on my other blog and *not* quoting me (http://technogenii.net/?p=179) so believe me, I would never put someone through that.

    With Amplify, it’s a whole other ball game. One highlights a section of a Webpage or blog post or any other Web document to *Amplify* and share with others. But your post made me think twice about the whole issue. I realised that by *Amplifying your post*, the end result was that a large portion or your post was *quoted*. In addition, Amplify recently made available a plug-in that allows us to repost our Amplified Clips to WordPress or Blogger blogs, which I realise now, decontextualises the information even further.

    When reflecting on your above post, the thing that struck me was that had this been a regular blog post, I would have never taken so much of your post as a quote as it would not have been considered fair use. I’ve been blogging for a while now and even wrote a book about Edublogging where I discuss these very issues. But using a clipping tool had me looking at things from a very different perspective.

    Since I read this post, I went back on my blog where the Amplify post was reposted and scaled back considerably the amount that was quoted (http://edublogging.com/?p=319). The Amplify clip will remain the same as it really is like clipping a newspaper and adding a comment. But I’m seriously considering turning off my feed from Amplify to my blogs because I’ve just had a huge realization about this whole process.

    I really want to thank you for posting the above and have me reflect further on my own social media practices. That said, I also want to offer an apology because even though my intentions were honourable, I realise the result might have been less than pleasant for you. But from this error has come some really profound reflection which I hope will only contribute to this discussion.

    Sincerely,
    Kristina

  31. Sue Waters says:

    @Kristina Hi Kristina, my apologies for taking so long to respond. Definitely not normal for me but I’ve been very sick with the flu now for 11 days so everything is taking longer than I would like.

    I had seen your post when you originally posted it and watched with interest :)

    To be honest this topic is a really hard one because there are so many differing views on it.

    I’m stuck in a really hard place because I support all the bloggers on Edublogs.org so I do need to explain what is consider appropriate because often it is the new blogger that is caught out by this.

    In terms of your post when I saw it originally I honestly felt it was in the grey area. Certainly I would have argued that it was more in line with following the guidelines of appropriate since you had acknowledged the original post.

    The only area that any one could have said the opposite was the use of the image — since I don’t have a Creative Commons license on my blog. And I’ve often debated (with myself) about the pros and cons of adding a Creative Commons license.

    • Mandy says:

      It is very disappointing when some one copy my or somebody else’s post. I don’t get angry because by getting angry I loose my own blood or feel bad myself.

  32. fran says:

    i appreciate your advise it is guideline for me

  33. quril says:

    it is admirable suggestion simply the best

  34. B. says:

    Totally agree with the idea of this post. I’ve never copied someone’s items and I’ll never do that. If I ever find something useful and I need to re-blog/mention, it seems natural to specify the source and of course if I got permission. It’s true that I took many links that are useful – only now I better set up the blog and add links to blogroll.

    Anyway, I’d like to know if I am allowed to present these considerations in my language / rules of blogging? (I did not claim the certified translator but netiquette rules must apply everywhere, I think)

    • Sue Waters says:

      Hi B, the key as you highlight is to ask permission and then if granted than make sure you acknowledge who originally wrote the content and if you have translated it to then add your details to it to say that you did the translation.

      For example if someone asks to translate my work they get me to quickly check how it has been acknowledged to make sure I am comfortable with it.

      So if you would like to translate this post or any of my other posts into your language — please let me know and I would be honored.

  35. @jenowen says:

    I have found that students’ understanding of “ownership” changes as they age – but not as we would expect.

    Elementary school students seem to understand intellectual property and can clearly explain the kinds of plagiarism that would get them “in trouble.” However, as they get older and consider Fair Use, the line starts to blur. They start to find ways to justify using someone else’s work as “just sharing.”

    In adults, I have seen more extreme justifications for using someone’s work without permission. Several adults tried to explain their re-use of news articles by saying that the newspapers already have lots of money, so it is okay for the “little guy” to take posts from a news outlet and put them on their own blogs to generate ad revenue. They don’t see it as stealing, though they are clearly taking another person’s work and trying to use it for personal gain.

    Yes, mistakes are often made by those who are new to anything. I think those who make genuine mistakes are eager to correct them. Those who are less eager to correct their mistakes, or who continue their careless thievery, will eventually melt away as others realize they don’t really contribute.

  36. B. says:

    (continuation of previous discussion …)+(oh, my English is lacking! Sorry!)
    I wanted to explain that in the future I would like to write (especially for my pupils but also for others who will read my blog) a series of posts in which to present / explain the rules of etiquette on the net. When I will do this, I would like to exemplify my posting, with articles from various blogs of others – among which I would put the spotlight on this post and others on the same theme. The idea is that I do not have to translate all/everything in Romanian because my students understand English well enough, just to indicate they read here and in other blogs where it deals with this issue. However, you have done important things in edublogs so we thank you and try to take the example (even if things do not work in my country so well and even though it will take time before we can say that we really started in blogging). I will translate what is necessary, I will show my students to read here and I hope things go well – just need time.

  37. Jack Green says:

    I agree to an extent. I dont think it needs to be over the top a link to the post or their website should be sufficient as long as its not being passed off as their own work I dont see the issue.

  38. EdTechSandyK says:

    Jack, as a blogger, the issue for me is no one should repost an entire post of mine without permission. I posted it on my blog because it represents my thoughts. If readers comment on my thoughts on my blog I can interact with them. If they do that on another person’s blog, I have lost an opportunity to connect with my readers and they with me, the original writer.

    If someone values my words so much that they want to post the entire contents on their blog, it can be a high compliment, but they should seek my permission so I can be aware of, participate in, and grow from any conversation which surrounds my thoughts.

    Also if someone likes my thoughts, they may be interested in other things I have to say. If they are on my blog when they read my post, it is easier for them to connect with other topics I have written about.

    When posted to someone else’s blog, my words may take on a different meaning depending on the context in which they post them. Even if the meaning is not impacted, they are driving traffic to another blog, not mine.

    If a blogger really values something I have said, they should be able to quote the small bit that really “stood out” to them, share their thoughts on it, then link back to the entire original post on my blog with a recommendation for their readers to follow the link and read my entire post.

    To me, it all boils down to professional, intellectual, and scholarly courtesy and ethics.

  39. Selena Gomez says:

    You may also try a service like Tynt on your website. Anytime a visitor copies x amount of words from your site it includes a link back. It’s been useful for some of my other blogs!

  40. Mary says:

    I agree. Plagiarizing can be really annoying especially when you have put so much hard work in to it. Theft of website content is a rapidly growing problem and owners should check their content frequently to find out whether it is being used somewhere else. I use PlagTracker.com – http://www.plagtracker.com/ You may also try!

  41. Ashley says:

    so the ny observer and the gothamist recently copy and pasted an entry from my blog to one of their articles on a major news case, they did put in a link to my blog however i wasn’t otherwise notified they’d be using my content. is that allowed?

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