In this new and expanding world
called the Internet, there are vast resources to behold. Women and
men are putting forth tremendous effort and talent to forge a new
frontier. Although the Internet is new, the same rules of the
jungle apply. When a person creates an original graphic, or writes
a piece of poetry and puts it on their site - they don't want it
snatched and grabbed and used on another site. Without
written permission from the original author/artist - it is
Carry it's message &
send it to a friend!
But what is internet plagiarism?
Plagiarism in as it applies to anything is a form of stealing. It
is when a person has a site on the WWW, willingly and knowingly
uses, without permission from the original owner, graphics or
written words — regardless if they generate revenue from
their website or not.
In this case, I am referring specifically
to internet plagiarism - and also to specific topics. Since
the majority of people in the private sector have relatively
simple websites, the two topics below are the most commonly
plagiarized - and are the sole focus here.
- a graphic created from scratch or *re-worked significantly
(*taken from a ROYALTY FREE clipart package, and re-designed
into something that looks substantially different than it's
original form). This could include backgrounds, icons, dividers,
WordArt, site logos, an award you give, your organization logo,
etc. Read an incident from a very new,
inexperienced webmaster and the trouble you can make for
yourself if you act in haste.
word(s), poetry/writing - content,
verses or lines of words. Examples of this might be - poetry or
writing. (I maintain a huge poetry site - and on occasion, a
writer on my site has been found to have plagiarized work).
If you suspect a website on the
internet is using something you have created or written from
scratch, The PWOTW urge you to investigate the website thoroughly.
Write to the owner of the site with your concerns and be ready to
prove that the work on the site is indeed yours! An example of
proof is "work in progress." For example -
regarding graphics - when one creates a graphic, generally the
work is saved many times in unfinished states of completion.)
The Seal of the Phenomenal
Women Of The Web Against Internet Plagiarism may be taken
freely and placed on *any site by any webmaster who cares
about their original work. Be it graphics, photos,
poetry/writing etc. It must be linked back
NOTE: The graphic size is less than 2KB.
Also, because I feel SO STRONGLY about this matter, I am
allowing this image source to be drawn from
phenomenalwomen.com. If you don't want to put it on your
own server for the image source - simply click
for the code to the graphic - and TPWOTW will worry about
WARNING: the seal may not be used on an adult XXXX rated
Placing the seal on your site sends
a very clear signal to those who surf with the expectation of
"snatch and grab," techniques for building their sites -
that YOU the
ORIGINAL creator - will NOT be plagiarized. The Seal
represents the "THIS HOUSE PROTECTED BY..." signs that
you see outside of homes... telling thieves that the homeowners
work hard for their belongs and have taken measures to safe guard
I receive hundreds of letter from
people all over the world, asking for my help in a matter of
stolen work. I hope this will help you. Below is a comprehensive
list of internet and local resources to help you both protect
yourself from plagiarism, and the tools necessary to legally
combat it if push comes to shove.
Legal - resource for jump-starting your on-line
Lawyer - links to information and resources for
a variety of legal issues.
MISC LAW & DO
about Forms - a database of FREE legal forms for
Affidavits, Applications, Bankruptcy, Business,
Corporation, Divorce, Partnership, Rent, Statements,
Trademark, Trusts, Leases - and fully searchable so
you can find the forms you need.
About Law - the Mother ship of the site above.