[How to] Fight Plagiarism on WordPress.com?

by: - Last updated on: September 7th, 2018

WordPress, as we know is arguably the most popular blogging platform currently. One can either download the open source blog publishing application and self-host it on their server and domain or sign-up for an account on WordPress.com to get started with a pre-hosted / pre-installed blog publishing application.

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What this means is, anyone with a bare minimum knowledge on hosting/domain registration etc can signup for an account and get started within few minutes. And many a times, people grossly misuse this facility by indulging in illegal and unethical activities. One of them is PLAGIARISM.


Plagiarism refers to “use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work”

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There has been a steep increase in number of blogs hosted on WordPress.com and Blogger directly copying the posts in recent times. Last month I bumped across atleast 3 blogs (2 of them hosted on WordPress.com) who were copying the articles “as-is”. They were even hot-linking to the images hosted on my website.

How to handle Plagiarism on WordPress.com hosted blogs?

1. First of all, try to contact the blog author and let him know that you are aware of him copying your blog posts and warn him to either remove the posts or give a proper link back to the original posts. Many a times this works out.

2. If the author is stubborn or too dumb to understand the warnings, then contact WordPress.com directly. You can either open a thread in WordPress.com support forums or contact the support team directly. The forum moderators are pretty active and generally start replying within a day.

3. In my case, one of the blogs was copying almost every post. This was getting out of my hands and just when I was thinking about filing a DMCA complaint, I got to know about this page on Automattic. Yes! You can directly go ahead and file a DMCA complaint by mailing to [email protected] with relevant details as given in the article. I was pleasantly surprised to get a response from the WordPress team within half a day, informing me that the blog has been suspended from immediate effect.

Wonderful support and quick response from the Automattic (WordPress) team. I believe even Google has this provision of filing online DMCAs, but their response time is known to be pretty bad.

Image Courtesy: ericstoller & unsw

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  1. I agree. Plagiarizing can be really annoying especially when you have put so much hard work in to it. In this technological age it’s happen very often. This leads to the original website owner losing page rankings, traffic and revenue. Theft of website content is a rapidly growing problem and owners should check their content frequently to find out whether it is being used somewhere else. I use this plagiarism checking service http://www.plagtracker.com/ Their service uses a vast amount of resources in plagiarism checking and offers up to 10 papers check for free.
     

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