Home » About Plagiarism »March 30, 2018
There can be many instances when contacting the plagiarist fails. One of them is that the information posted is so old that even the website owner is no more taking care of the website. Many bloggers carry their blogs for some time and as soon as they get busy elsewhere, they forget about updating those blogs. Even the contact information on those blogs expires and they become unreachable.
In other cases, the blogs or articles are not being posted or monitored manually. They are created with spinning software, which means articles are automatically spun, sentence structures are changed and articles are posted without any human being involved in the whole process. Even if any human is involved, the identities are fake. One person has innumerable accounts and posts from so many different identities that you are not even aware of the name of the plagiarist, hence contacting becomes an issue.
A lot of content that is being used on different social networking websites is also a big source of plagiarism. It is very frequently happening now when people want to stay in touch with their friends and online acquaintances by sharing different types of information, where they communicate and debate about different topics. No one thinks of referring the posts to the original author or the creator in case of pictures.
There are hundreds and thousands of funny pictures shared on such platforms every day. The posts are shared through friends and the source is never mentioned, except for in rare cases, where probably the originator of the content has mentioned his real name or the source on the post itself.
Discourage Plagiarism Openly and Widely
In all these cases, we first of all need to promise ourselves not to share a post or content until and unless a source is provided and also ask for the source of the content posted by others in your circle of friends. This would discourage them from posting such content without a proper reference or credit to the originator next time they want to post something.
Find the Host
If the content was yours and was used on a blog or a website, you can find out the host of the website, who might have information about the owner of the website. In case even that fails, you can write about the specific website or the person about committing this crime. Try to make your point where you think the plagiarist might review the blogs. Even if he/she does not, someone from their circle of friends might notice and inform them.
Contact Other Authors
A plagiarist is most likely to use plagiarized content from different sources. If he/she does not respond to your emails, he might find himself in trouble when getting emails from different authors. The only thing you need to do is to find out the owners of the content that is being used by this plagiarist and request them to follow up with the plagiarist and force him to pull all the information down his/her website or provide the proper reference of the original author.
Pressurizing the plagiarist through many authors would end up him being worried about one or more of them being in a position to take a legal action against him. He/she would also worry that if all of them report him for copyright laws, he/she will end up losing his website and might have to even pay heavy fines on the top of it.
Sometimes it becomes a hectic exercise when contacting the plagiarist fails; however, if you are determined, nothing is impossible. You might need to get a bit more creative and find out ways to contact the plagiarist and hence be a part of the team working to end plagiarism. It might not be as difficult as it might sound to be. All the best with securing your content online!