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Every now and then I do a copyscape scan for content thieves on the Internet and recently have become quiet ticked off by the shear amount of people stealing my information and claiming it as their own.
I then have to spend hours contacting these sites to have the articles removed or fill out the appropriate resource box acknowledging the content belongs to me on these websites. In some cases I have had to contact webhosts, whois, and the search engines to get these sites delisted or shutdown and my content removed.
Basically I have written a book here, the US Copyright office agrees, and let everyone have access to the information for free. For people to steal it, claim it as their own, and then try to profit from this unlawful activity is despicable. I am sick of it!
So here's my policy on Plagiarism and an explanation explaining what it is.
"What is plagiarism?
Simply put, plagiarism is the use of another's original words or ideas as though they were your own. Any time you borrow from an original source and do not give proper credit, you have committed plagiarism and violated U.S. copyright laws.
What are copyright laws?
Copyright laws exist to protect our intellectual property. They make it illegal to reproduce someone else's expression of ideas or information without permission. This can include music, images, written words, video, and a variety of other media.
At one time, a work was only protected by copyright if it included a copyright trademark (the © symbol). According to laws established in 1989, however, works are now copyright protected with or without the inclusion of this symbol.
Anyone who reproduces copyrighted material improperly can be prosecuted in a court of law. It does not matter if the form or content of the original has been altered -- as long as any material can be shown to be substantially similar to the original, it may be considered a violation of the Copyright Act.
Does it matter how much was copied?
Not in determining whether or not plagiarism is a crime. If even a small part of a work is found to have been plagiarized, it is still considered a copyright violation. However, the amount that was copied probably will have a bearing on the severity of the punishment. A work that is almost entirely plagiarized will almost certainly incur greater penalties than a work that only includes a small amount of plagiarized material.
If I cite the source, can I still be accused of plagiarism?
You are allowed to borrow ideas or phrases from other sources provided you cite them properly and your usage is consistent with the guidelines set by fair use laws. As a rule, however, you should be careful about borrowing too liberally -- if the case can be made that your work consists predominantly of someone else's words or ideas, you may still be susceptible to charges of plagiarism. Also, if you follow the words of a source too closely, and do not use quotation marks, it can be considered plagiarism even if you cite the source.
If you are using the article commercially, ie to make money, that is not fair use and is considered Plagiarism. If you claim you are a non-profit website and you have Google Adsense ads on your website, that is considered commercial use.
Most cases of plagiarism are considered misdemeanors, punishable by fines of anywhere between $100 and $50,000 -- and up to one year in jail.
Plagiarism can also be considered a felony under certain state and federal laws. For example, if a plagiarist copies and earns more than $2,500 from copyrighted material, he or she may face up to $250,000 in fines and up to ten years in jail.
How do I know if something is public domain or not?
The terms and conditions under which works enter the public domain are a bit complicated. In general, anything published more than 75 years ago is now in the public domain. Works published after 1978 are protected for the lifetime of the author plus 70 years."
This website was originally published in 2003 and is therefore protected and is registered with the US Copyright office. It is very easy to check your page through archive.org's wayback machine. Whois will also tell me when your domain name was activated.
For more information on Palgiarism visit Plagiarism.org
I cannot prevent you from stealing my content and using it as your own website. But if I do find it I will probably have your website delisted from Google, Yahoo, and Windows Live through the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
I will also file a complaint with Google Adsense if you have Adsense ads on the page and have you banned for life for violating their policies.
I will also inform your webhost of the infringement and you may lose your account and domain name.
With all this said, you are allowed to use 5 lines of my content and then you must link directly to the page on my site giving me credit for the article.
If you are using the content on this site to take back your health and want to print it out for your own use, that is ok.
I hate to sound like the bad guy here, but by using my material on your website, it makes it look like I am condoning what you recommend to treat this illness. I only condone and recommend what I recommend, not what you recommend.
Any questions or if anything is unclear about this policy, please feel free to contact me.
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problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations.
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Do not copy content from the page or this website without my expressed written consent. To do so is Plagiarism, Not Fair Use, is illegal, and a violation of the The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.