Protecting Your Blog from Copyright Infringement

Part of the Mom Blogging For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can use online tools to find out if any of your content has been copied by another website and to take action if your work has been plagiarized to get the copied content dropped out of Google's search results. Usually, just doing this is enough to deter plagiarizers, because the whole reason they steal content is to increase their own traffic.

To discover if any sites have stolen your written blog content and to have them removed from Google's search results, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Copyscape.

  2. Type or paste the URL of the blog post you want to check for plagiarism, and click the Go button.

  3. Click any results and read the page to confirm if that site is indeed copying your content.

  4. Keep track of page(s) that truly copied your content by copying and pasting the URLs into a Word or Notepad file.

    Warning: Be absolutely sure that the offending site is using your content illegally before you take these next steps. You could be held liable for costs and legal fees if the case goes to court and it is found that the site is using your content legally. Consult with an attorney if you are unsure whether the usage is legal or illegal before proceeding.

  5. Go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice.

  6. Sign in using your Google account, and on the page that appears, fill out the form.

You may be wondering what would prevent a malicious competitor from filing a bogus complaint against you? Sadly, nothing can stop them. Your only recourse if that happens is to file a counter notice with Google on the DCMA Counter Notification form to get your content reinstated. (Note that it can take up to 30 days for Google to reinstate your site in their index.)

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