Spin your article!

How did you feel. If you write articles yourself with the brain power and effort in research.
Then someone spin your article. Produced in abundance.
Then he took into his various sites.
It is not the same as the original so he does not provide any credit back to you.

How do you manage it.

Usually ignore it - if they used an automated process to spin it then it will read like garbage and search engines are now getting smart enough to realise that and so will not list it. Even if they do the people who see the garbage will blacklist that site and possibly even tell their friends to as well.

If they rewrote the content manually so that it actually reads decently then its more of a grey area. If they took two or three articles from different sources and spun them into one article then there’d be no direct connection to any one of the initial articles as they have created a new article that combines information from several different ones. If they have just rewritten your article then you might be able to take some sort of action but unless they are really good at writing, their article will still not read anywhere near as good as yours and so will still not be as popular as yours is. If they are that good at writing then they’d have no need to take your article to start with and so any similarity between the articles is probably coincidence.

Also, to add another vote for the “ignore it” column. In order to successfully sue someone, you have to prove that they cost you a specific amount of money in damages. Unless you make a large amount of money per article and you can prove that their action caused you to lose that money, it’s not worth the time.

Web plagiarize is something difficult to trace. I like a saying bring the meaning: you should be proud of when someone copies your work because it shows you are the leader :slight_smile: I took the advise when people copy my idea, and I feel good after comforted by the saying.

Keep up your good work, eBusinessiReader. People and the search engine will see it if you are innovator!

Learning to ignore it is definitely the best. Like felgall says, if the spinning was automated, it will read like garbage. If they do it manually using more than your 1 article to re-write something well - it’ll not only read very differently from yours, it kind of becomes a source for the person’s article which is actually quite a compliment :slight_smile:

Don’t you feel angry or anything ??

I would. I don’t think it is any more a compliment than, “Oh I like that bike in Anabelle’s yard. I’ll just help myself to it.” Or you can substitute bike and yard for car and driveway, flowers (or vegetables) and garden, etc. ad infinitum.

Theft is theft, whether the property is intellectual, personal, or real… and spinning one article from another is no different than painting that bike or car.

Unfortunately, unless copyright is registered, the theft of intellectual property is difficult to prove and generally more expensive than worthwhile to pursue legal remedy. This is especially true when an article is “spun” from another rather than copied word-for-word.

There are remedies you can try to pursue, such as filing a DMCA claim, but in doing so, you also need to consider the value of your time.

of course it’s different

physical objects have uniqueness

spinning an article produces a copy and leaves the original intact

that’s the difference

if i could actually take a copy of your bicycle, repaint the copy, and even sell it, you might not like that, but you’d still have your bicycle

so yeah, there is a huge difference

Yes, and I’d still have my patent. :smiley:

First off all, what Ralph said ^ :smiley:

Yes, there is a physical difference, which is what makes it even more difficult to deal with intellectual property theft but the similarity is that theft is theft. Whether stealing it outright or making a derivative work (although cheaper and shabbier than the original) it is still theft. And describing theft as a “compliment” is a totally irrational rationalization.

I think the response should be in how much it damages me.

If I can write another article in an hour or two and decently backlink it in another couple of hours and get on with my life, then I feel I have won.

if I am still thinking about it and feel used and abused five hours later, then the other guy, the thief, has won.

I win by doing something positive and ignoring the jerk.

Only if you can take him to court and sue him for a million then it is worth getting worked up about it.

you don’t need to worry about this any more since panda updates happened it not worth for spin articles , all content forms are really filtered a lot by search engines now a days to improve the quality

Well, I do get some satisfaction in having a thief’s website taken down until he/she removes my content.

Ignore it, you really cant do anything about it. They won’t be as popular as you so not like it matters.

You know what… it does matter. If you were a writer you wouldn’t want to work your butt off to create something of quality only to have some wannabee come along and steal it and mess it up to boot.

If you feel your article has been completely ripped off then you really have two options:

1 - Ignore it. As others have said, such practices do and will happen - ignoring them makes your life a little more stress-free.

2 - Contact the “author”. Sometimes people write articles using others as base material and just don;t think that deserves attribution - a quick email and some will add a link back, which is all you can really ask for.

3 - Take some legal action. You pretty much don’t have a leg to stand on in most courts on this one unless they have copied parts of your article verbatim and so have breached your copyright. The gist or ideas behind articles are not protectable intellectual property rights, and people have just re-written other’s stories for centuries. Here in the UK, newspapers re-write each others stories all the time and that is the way it is - your scoop is a scoop until it hits the presses. In the US there are some arcane judgements like “hot news” that companies like the AP try to use to protect their articles from being rewritten. Such legal wrangles are, however, expensive and unlikely to give you the result you want anyway.

This is kind of a grey area. There’s a fine line between inspiration and plagiarism.

Because you may think that they guy has stealing your work because he based his article on your own but the way he phrased it, the examples, how he explained it… who knows? he may have had done even a better job than you did!

So you may have been the researcher but he really didn’t stealed your work, he was inspired by it and made his own version.

It is like when you tell a tale to your kids… you may tell them about Cinderella or the little mermaid but create a brand new version. So everything is there, the story is the same but is it plagiarism? Nope if you use your very own words and form to tell the story.

If that person stealing your work is based in Ouagoudougu in Burkina-Faso there is little you can do legally, especially if the server is in Teheran. They don’t care too much about USA courts of law over there.

Then it is best to get back to the keyboard and chanel your energy into another article.

Well, whatever country they’re in, yes - after you report the site to the search engines.

Ignore it, you really cant do anything about it. They won’t be as popular as you so not like it matters.

How/why? Surely, that can’t ever be a certainty?