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Why Plagiarizing On Your Blog is Always a Bad Idea

By now, everyone should know that plagiarizing on your blog is ethically wrong and, in most cases, illegal. If you get caught the punishments can be severe as you can face legal consequences, including copyright infringement lawsuits, DMCA takedown notices and more, as well as damage to your reputation and your career. But let’s say […]

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Should Bloggers Care About Copyright Infringement?

If you blog long enough, it’s not so much a matter of if but when your site gets infringed upon. Between the spammers that are likely to scrape your posts, plagiarist bloggers that will take what they like as their own and others who will try to share your content in ways that don’t give […]

Are Bloggers Journalists? Are Journalists Bloggers?

In 2010, a survey conducted by PRWeek and PRNewswire found that over half of all bloggers consider themselves to be journalists. This was up from just a third of all bloggers two years before. The question of whether or not bloggers are journalists is an old one and it can be an important one legally. […]

Google’s Pirate Penalty Adds Another Reason to Not Plagiarize Online

If you didn’t already know that it wasn’t a good idea to plagiarize content on the Web, you missed a lot of reasons to not do it. Not only is it ethically dubious, almost always illegal and prone to serious duplicate content penalties from Google, but it’s also a quick ways to make enemies of […]