I decide to share my Social Media Blog to my friends in China, though WordPress.com has censored by the Great Fire Wall(GFW) many times. And this morning, I received a private message from my mum through my Chinese Twitter(Sina Weibo), she used her habitual worrying words saying: “So you just publish your research like this? What will happen if someone steal your articles? ” Firstly I laughed, but a second after, I realized this is indeed a problem.
It looks like you can only come up with those copyright things when you are living in a “non-copyrights” country, like… hmm, China, since there are countless annoying “stealing” stories happening. However, stories are not what I concern about today, and I have these two tasks: one is to discover how to make sure that readers and Google both know that my content is the original, the other is to see if it possible I can found out if my content is stolen by other people.
We trust Google, always. And Google obviously knows this so they are doing their best to make every thing better. Like the way they deal with the “canonical page”. A canonical page is “the preferred version of a set of pages with highly similar content”. Google suggests that you can use the attribute rel=”canonical” atribute to specify a canonical page, so that the searching engine could directs netizens to your canonical page. (For further details, please read here)
To some extend, re=”canonical page” could indeed help authors make their original content better be read by people, plus, there are other ways to proactively address the duplicate content issues，like using 301redirects etc.
But I still feel unsafe. Google is not a high IQ human race, it might make mistakes, sometimes gets dumb. So what happe if Googlebots, which is a web crawler used by Google, crawls more on the un-original site than the original site, then whose rank gonna be higher in Google, and how can Google distinguish them? Unfortunately, there is no clear answer.
I found a relevant video”How can I make sure that Google knows my content is the original?” from Youtube. Matt Cutts, the SEO specialist from Google talks about how to solve this problem, but in fact those solutions are not appreciated by most netizens. He still talks about same old ways to deal with copyrights issues: doing spam reports or DMCA reports and so on. And as far as we have been experienced, they are not really helpful.
Maybe you are getting depressed by now. But as the old saying goes: when one door closes, another door opens, because there are lots of tracking softwares and websites to help the original author check if their content get stolen and detect on people who steal it. You might have noticed the “copyright” loge I put in the bottom of my blog page. It is from a totally free copyright protection website myfreecopyright.com,and you only need three steps to register the site you want to protect, and get a badge from them on your site.
Copyscape.com is another website for you to find out the copies of your content online, and afterwards you can even use the Whois Source to look for the thief’s IP and domain. (For further details please read here) Plus, since we all love Google, it is taking new measure to prevent copyrights infringement and it won’t be long.
Well, hopefully a copyright protected internet environment will come soon. And in fact sharing is much better than stealing. Don’t you think it is much easier for you to click those social plugins instead of copying the whole article and put them on another site? Oh and beware, this article is protected !