Don't be a Copycat ~ Write your OWN Website text!!

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Home Stager with Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR
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From time to time I log onto Copyscape.com to see if anyone has copied text from my website ... they offer both a FREE service (as well as a premium one that's very reasonable for a more in-depth search).  You simply enter the url of your websites's various pages and instantly receive a report on places where that text is shown.  You'll see that it includes your text on sites where you placed it (like ActiveRain, your own website, Linked In or other profiles, etc.) as well as sites where PLAGIARIZERS have copied YOUR content and are using it as their own. 

Once you click on those "unfamiliar" links, Copyscape.com gives you a full report that shows the Source Page (YOUR content) as compared to the COPYCAT'S page.  Your text will be highlighted and so is YOUR text on THEIR page, so both you and the person who stole your original content can easily see what's been copied.  Copyscape.com also includes a Word Count to make it very clear how much of your content was copied.  For something that's this helpful, it's amazing that it's also FREE.

If you'd like their Automatic Search service, that costs a bit more but is the easiest way to make sure your original content is safe from copyright infringement.

As a professional home stager in Portland, Oregon I've been dismayed to discover that home stagers from around the country  have copied my website text.  When this happens, I email them a polite but firm letter giving them the link to Copyscape.com's report as well as a demand that they remove my text from their website within 48 hours.  If they ignore my request, they receive a more firmly-written letter that references the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, Title 17, section 512, US Code (commonly referred to as "DMCA"). 

A final resort is a letter from an attorney detailing the financial penalties they'll be liable for if the plagiarized text isn't removed immediately.  You can also contact the host of that person's website and request that their site be taken down -- I did that last week and the offender's entire website was shut down in less than 24 hours -- because she'd refused to remove my text from her site.  Fines and penalties can be surprisingly stiff since federal law protects original content.

*Oh -- and you COPYCATS?  Don't offer that lame excuse that your "webmaster must have done it" -- we've heard that before and as the business owner, you're the responsible party for making sure that any content on your site is YOUR OWN.

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Rainmaker
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Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

Wow... so glad you posted this. I checked copyscape and found another stager not only lifted my content, but is using my pictures. So I checked properties on all her pictures and low and behold... they were all lifted/stolen from other people too. Not one picture is hers. Will be calling to "Wake Forest, Raleigh, Cary, Rolesville, Knightdale, Zebulon, Wendell & Clayton area stager in the morning!

Dec 15, 2011 04:28 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Lori ~ Wow -- that is outrageous!!  I am sorry to hear this happened to you but glad you're going to follow up.  No one should be allowed to steal content, but photos??  That is a home stager's proof of their ability to do the work.  How can anyone think it's OK to steal someone else's photos?  I hope you're successful in shutting her down.  Contact me if you need any help ... I've had experience pursuing these plagiarists.

Dec 15, 2011 04:39 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

Yeah, pretty unbelievable and she left all the original properties on each pic. So I contacted as many people as I could by email. Then I googled her name because she only has a phone # on her site. Boy the internet is priceless on finding people.... it even gave me her email and her home address. Now that is pretty scary! Will let you know.

Dec 15, 2011 05:34 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Amen Maureen! How many times have we had this conversation and the most shocking thing is people in the Rain copy photos and text! Besides being a thief, who would be so brazen stupid to think no one would notice?! Of course I'm not surprised people have stolen your work - after all I thought of it myself it's so gorgeous - LOL. I hope the people who are doing this READ this! We know who they are!

Dec 16, 2011 06:22 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Lori ~ I found the stager you're referring to ... and saw YOUR photos in HER photo gallery!! What nerve!! I'm sure that you'll have them quickly removed. 

Hi Kristine ~ Yes, we've certainly talked about this before.  That's why Copyscape.com is such a helpful tool ... you can so easily find out if your text has been stolen.

Dec 16, 2011 08:59 AM #30
Rainer
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Heather Cook
Rooms in Bloom Staging & Design Inc. - Kitchener, ON
Quality Home Staging

Always good to check your content every few months - we do this and find that certain sentences or paragraphs which have been blatantly taken in their entirety and I wonder .. do I bug them about that or leave it?

Thanks for posting Maureen - this is always a vital to keep on top of!

Dec 16, 2011 11:04 AM #31
Rainer
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Sebastian Barrett St.Troy
Austin Market-Ready Services, Home Staging and Real Estate - Austin, TX

Maureen, Appreciation expressed for the information on the website to check if our content is being copied, or was even copied from another website.  I've found it very useful, and thankfully my content is still original and safe.  

Dec 17, 2011 03:28 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Heather ~ Glad that you check your site with Copyscape.com regularly.  If you find more than one entire sentence copied, write them and give them a link to the free Copyscape report.  It's YOUR content, and regardless of where they're located, you have the copyright and they are stealing it.

Hi Sebastian ~ Good to hear that no one stole your content ... be sure check every so often.

Dec 17, 2011 06:13 AM #33
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Maureen- sorry I missed this one.  I actually saw this on LInked In.  I know you've had an issue with someone copying stealing your work.  There is no excuse.  Sure buzz words are common in all industries and professions but write your own.  Besides no one wants to read "canned" verbiage on a website or blog.  Make it your own.  (suggested)

Dec 18, 2011 01:23 PM #34
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Maureen....because of your post I just did a follow up post! Thank you!!

Dec 21, 2011 06:02 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Kathy ~ As you said, it's important to make your web content your own ... we can think of ways to describe what we do and how it benefits our clients with just a little effort.

Hi Shar ~ I just read your post and am glad that Copyscape was able to help you!

Dec 21, 2011 06:34 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Maureen:

Thanks for the referral to copyscape.  As Lloyd Binen,#14 said,"If I ever have content good enough to plagiarize I'll check it out."  I'm with him.  It is sad that people would use your content without even crediting you.  Not good.  Makes you wonder about the person and their ethics.

Dec 22, 2011 04:16 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Maureen:

I went to copyscape and put in an URL from my recent ActiveRain post.  Copyscape showed posts that I had reblogged.  Is reblogging considered plagarizm? 

BTW, why isn't spell check working now, ActiveRain?

Dec 22, 2011 04:24 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Evelyn ~ reblogging isn't considered plagiarism -- what Copyscape tells us is where duplicate content is found .... it cannot identify plagiarism, just finds and identifies duplicate content. 

There are some people who think that reblogging isn't a benefit for the original author since the reblog will show as "duplicate content" in search engine crawls, and thus dilute the value of the original post --  but I think the jury is still out on that.

Dec 22, 2011 04:33 AM #39
Rainmaker
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Mary Sheridan
Keller Willliams - 1033 Hamilton Place,Johnson City TN 37604 - Johnson City, TN
Creative Marketing, Buyer Agency 423-943-7655

I hadn't heard of this and will certain check out Copyscape.com.    I assume I'll have to check each individual page of my site,which will take a while.    I'll check some to see.   Thank you for the good info.

 

Jan 02, 2012 12:53 PM #40
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Mary ~ check each titled page of your site -- Copyscape.com lets you check about 5 pages at a time, if I recall correctly, unless you subscribe to their reasonably-priced service.  In any case, they're very fast at checking your pages and right away you'll see the results.

Jan 02, 2012 01:00 PM #41
Rainer
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Kathleen Vail
Fresh Design Home Staging - Lebanon, TN
Home Stager Lebanon TN, Home Staging & Redesigner & Organizer

Profile of Kathleen VailWow, Scary, I didn't know any of this stuff! It took me weeks to write my own website pages and I would hate to think that someone else would ever use it so I will be sure to check it every few months.

Thank you for letting us"newbies" know.

Jan 03, 2012 01:45 PM #42
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Kathleen ~ it's true, we have to be vigilant to protect our original content on our websites and also our blog posts. I'm glad to be of help!

Jan 04, 2012 03:45 PM #43
Rainer
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Chris Twing
Twing Staging & Redesign - Cedar Park, TX

So can you tell me what the correct procedure is to quote someone online these days? Citing references has changed a lot since college, lol. Do you need permission from the original author or is it okay to introduce the quote, put it in quotes, give credit and a link?

Jan 13, 2012 06:10 AM #44
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Chris ~ it depends on what you want to quote.  Most articles and websites are copyrighted and may not be quoted without express permission in advance from the website owner.  When in doubt, always ask before you quote any author ... just giving credit with a link is often not allowed by authors, and the penalties for copyright infringement are surprisingly high.  So to be on the safe side, ask the person first -- and get their permission in writing to protect yourself.

And yes, today's online world is very different from our school days when we could easily quote a source :-)

Jan 13, 2012 07:50 AM #45
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