Content Copied or Stolen? - Protect Your Blog !

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.
It does hurt a lot to see our own content on some other blog without a link/attribution to the original author. This is called plagiarism or simply content theft.
The content of a blog is supposed to be shared with others, so there's no point in hiding it. But once you publish an article it is almost impossible to protect the images/content from the content thieves.
The previous article on BloggerStop will help you in protecting your images displayed on your blog (at least your images will be safe from the novice sploggers). Protecting the text/content is not so easy. But we must try our best to resist it.
First of all, you should copyright whatever you publish on your blog. This is not limited to having a copyright symbol on your blog, but you should properly register your blog and blog-posts. For this purpose I found MyFreeCopyRight as the best free copyrighting service. It gives a unique copyright number to you, and registers each and every blog-post you publish (with date and time of publishing).
MyFreeCopyright Logo Image

If the blog, where your content is being copied, is a .Blog*Spot.com (Blogger) blog, then you must report it to the Blogger Team via this page: Report spam blogs to Blogger.

Google has already updated it's algorithm to find the source of articles and to remove duplicate content from its index. So if an article from your blog is copied, then according to Google, in Google search results your blog will still appear above the plagiarized article. But being a computer algorithm exceptions are also possible.

Read these two articles from BlogHerald and VirtualHosting on fighting plagiarism:
1. Reporting Blog Content Thieves
2. 100 Tips to Defeat Content Thieves

And if the sploggers (spam blog authors) are still not responding to you, then give them some free publicity by adding a "non-linked content thieves widget in your blog".

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August 24, 2009 5:28 AM delete

good info :) will be useful for me.

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Daniel
August 24, 2009 12:39 PM delete

Really great info.. I made a Spanish version for the 'Embed Comment Form' in my blog, but put a link to here..

In fact, 2 links XD

See ya !!

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August 24, 2009 1:29 PM delete

Hi Divya, I want to be part of the celebrating Happy 10 Birthday blogger, so what I have done was to include the photograph of yours into my blog. When ever they click on the Photo, they be link direct to bloggerstop.net. I hope what I have done is not being call plgrs. Pls check it out here. Brian.
http://sinarhairan.blogspot.com/

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Brianpedro
August 24, 2009 1:36 PM delete

Hi Divya, I want to be part of the celebrating Happy 10 Birthday blogger, so what I have done was to include the photograph of yours into my blog. When ever they click on the Photo, they be link direct to bloggerstop.net. I hope what I have done is not being call plgrs. Pls check it out here. Brian.
http://sinarhairan.blogspot.com/

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Divya Sai
August 24, 2009 4:30 PM delete

Brian, that's really so nice of you. I am really glad to see that banner, but actually it wasn't my blog's birthday, it was Blogger's birthday. BloggerStop will be an year older on 22nd Sep. Anyways thanks again....keep visiting this blog !

Regards
Sai

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Jeevan Jacob John
August 24, 2009 4:32 PM delete

Thanx for the tip. My friend was looking for this tip..thanx very much.
Can u tell me how u insert an image after the links..like this 

<span style="font-family: -webkit-monospace; line-height: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <img border="0" src="http://js-kit.com/images/icon10-external-url.png"/></div> </span>
<div><span style="font-family: -webkit-monospace; "><span style=" line-height: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">
</span></span></div>

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Jeevan Jacob John
August 24, 2009 4:33 PM delete

<span style=" color: #404040;">http://js-kit.com/images/icon10-external-url.png like this







<table class="js-singleCommentBodyT" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica; text-align: left; font-size: 8pt; color: #404040; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%">
<tbody>
</tbody>
<tbody style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">
<tr style="vertical-align: top; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">
<td style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 8px; padding-left: 0px; margin: 0px;" colspan="2">

<div class="js-singleCommentText" style="padding-top: 4px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin: 0px;">Thanx for the tip. My friend was looking for this tip..thanx very much.  
Can u tell me how u insert an image after the links..like this   
 </div>

</td>
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<tbody>
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Divya Sai
August 24, 2009 4:43 PM delete

Yeah Jeevan, I got your point.
Actually I use a method similar to this:
http://bloggerstop.net/2009/05/show-file-icons-in-front-of-links.html

But it works for me only because I do not use WWW sub-domain in my blog's url (You'll understand this point once you read that post).

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Reza Winandar
August 25, 2009 10:01 AM delete

I prefer Copyscape for this one, and this make my blog (Blogger Make Money) protected.

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Brianpedro
August 25, 2009 4:15 PM delete

Actually yap, I wanted to include your logo into my blog in appreaciation of what i have learnt from your blog.(huge and so much) I have you under my blog skin anyway.. but your logo.. which one? pls advise.. TQ

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Divya Sai
August 25, 2009 5:02 PM delete

Thanks a lottt Brian...
You can grab the tiny button from "spread the word" widget in the sidebar, or you may use the attached 125x125 banner.

Keep visiting this blog, and feel free to comment anywhere in the blog !
Thanks again..take care !

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Divya Sai
August 25, 2009 5:04 PM delete

Yeah copyscae is ofcourse one of the best copyright guards, but the free features provided by it are too few !

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Wasseem
August 25, 2009 9:23 PM delete

Hi Sai, thanks for this article
and for websites, there is a way to protect your images using .htaccess file, 
you can upload your files to your own space on the web and make a .htaccess that prevent image theft, and then put an exeption to your blog !
thus, you can use your images, but others can't hotlink to them

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Liza
August 26, 2009 10:07 PM delete

I agree, Copyscape's free features just don't cut it sometimes.

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Divya Sai
August 27, 2009 3:39 AM delete

Let's see...I am trying out copygator presently, it's free and sounds good too. I will update this blog with my experience with it !

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November 25, 2009 12:48 PM delete

dear
pls tell the url of ur site where u write about index paging widget.I tried about 45 mins............but could not find.Also i hv a blog
madlybangali.blogspot.com
It would be nice if u visit my site & suggest some tips
thanks
my email - subhasish1202@gmail.com

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November 25, 2009 1:01 PM delete

Couldn't get your point buddy...what's an index paging widget? Tell me your purpose and I'll send you the link.

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Brianpedro
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February 21, 2010 9:10 AM delete

Thanks Sai for the sites.

Usually I protect my blog images by inserting a water mark in photoshop on the image before uploading them in my article. You can see my blog images for the same :)

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February 21, 2010 9:17 AM delete

Well if it is about protection of (only) images, then I have another nice article on protecting them:
http://bloggerstop.net/2009/08/protect-photos-from-getting-copied.html
You may have a look on it !

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April 04, 2010 10:55 AM delete

hi sai i want to get Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
when i'm going creative common.org this form (http://lh5.ggpht.com/__CKvdv1KSP8/S7il6ehzmmI/AAAAAAAAA1I/iswWgHmqqrE/s1600-h/cc.JPG) will be appear.what are the details will be given in marked area in the picture.please explain with screenshot if available. pls help me.

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Sai
April 04, 2010 11:02 AM delete

You can get all your answers by hovering your mouse cursor on those blue "i" icons.

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April 04, 2010 11:33 AM delete

i'm not able to understand that.pls hlp me

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April 24, 2010 10:03 PM delete

hi sai,is there any way to remove the blog that stole my content

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August 24, 2010 5:21 AM delete

Yes file a complaint at Blogger-DMCA
http://www.google.com/blogger_dmca.html
Read the steps from 1 to 7 and do them....
the blog stealing your content will be off within two weeks.

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