Posted by Dawn Anderson
In the past when people developed content whether it was a newsletter, magazine article or a research paper when you made reference to someone's work, idea or concept you attributed it to them. If you didn't it was considered copyright infringement. However, with the web the lines of this have become somewhat blurred.
The web is a great exchange of ideas and the world is better because of it. Someone can quickly and easily share content with friend or followers using Twitter, Facebook, Email as well as a variety of other social media websites and blogs with a touch of a button. Talk about progress. When most people share and exchange ideas they give PROPER ATTRIBUTION and credit to the content creator. I know I do when I use facts or other information from other people's work.
Sometimes, whether it is lack of talent, laziness or a complete disregard for copyright, individuals will use content without proper attribution or credit. This is unfortunate because it not only undermines the work of the content's creator, it is stealing. Some examples of this behavior include copying and pasting it on your own social media accounts, emails or blogs. It is truly disappointing to the content's creator because the "content borrower" or "thief" passes the content as their own. This type of behavior hurts the content creator's ability to re-publish the content, adversely affects their SEO and makes the "borrower" look bad.
Ok, sometimes the content borrower doesn't realize they shouldn't be borrowing the content without permission. Shame on them for not doing their homework! However, what do you do when you previously warned them? When you know that several blog posts were based upon yours? Do you take the high road, call them out on it or just give up?