Plagiarism is quite a trending subject these last time on the Blockchain and here on Weku. Don’t do plagiarism, nobody likes plagiarists! But hey! Did you think about protecting your work against plagiarism ? So, as you can read, this post will be all about plagiarism ;-)
To make sure we are talking about the same thing, plagiarism is when one person stole the work of another and use it as it own. It can be text, images, sound, video and other creative material.
Then, in case of plagiarism one can be a thief or can be a victim. So we need tool to fight against thief and protect original work. On blogging platform no one will protect your work but you, and the best way to protect yourself is to put your work under license. The license can be closed or open, in this post I will talk about the Creative Commons licenses, the ones I use. They can be used for images or text and any other creative material.
The best way to avoid plagiarism when writing is a very simple rule: create! Create your own stories, let your thoughts get ordered by the writing, be true, be yourself! Then for images we have now amazing cameras with our phones, and they is plenty of free images to use that you can found on the web.
Put a license on your work
Protecting your work with a Creative Common License help you fight in case of stolen material. You can choose the license of your choice, more open or more close, letting other modify it or not, commercial use it or not, etc.
You can Choose a License from the creative common website and simply copy past the copyright at the bottom of your posts, or what we call the footer. Then it also show that you know what is a license and plagiarists may be scared and choose another victim.
Really, give yourself some love, give yourself some value and protect your work against plagiarist and use a creativecommons.org License ;-)
Post footer examples with license
This is a restrictive and un-obstructive footer, I use it often on my own photos and writing:
Photos and text under Copyright © All right reserved
If I created or modified a creative common image I would use this kind of post footer:
Cover image under Creative Commons Zero (CCO) License
And here is one using a image with a link to the the license:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
Use free licensed images
They is plenty of free image to use or even modify that you can found on the web. No need to stole anyone, simply mention the License or sometimes the author name, depend on the license term. Here is my tree favorites images platform I use, both provide high quality photos, free to use and modify, and under CCO or other free licenses:
If you want more free to use images, you may want to read the great post from my friend @paradise-found blog about HOW TO FIND IMAGES "LABELED FOR REUSE" AND AVOID PLAGIARISM
Cover image from www.pexels.com under CCO License
Text under CC Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
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