Your eyes begin to scan the webpage. You recognize a few words and then a sentence and then full paragraphs begin to snap into focus. A rock forms in your stomach and your chest tightens. You know it immediately – someone stole your blog post.
It’s easy to feel helpless when you’re online. It’s a vast and often unknowable space in which everyone is reduced to an avatar. In fact, unless you’re physically next to the person you’re speaking with online, there’s no way to know if someone is who they say are. You’ve heard of catfishing, right? Well that’s just the beginning – the Internet makes it easy to assume false identities and steal content such as blog posts.
The Internet is the cyber equivalent to the wild, wild west, but that doesn’t mean you can’t possess any power and fight for what’s right. In her article for Crafterminds, Rhonda gives a step-by-step approach that any blogger can follow when his or her rights are violated. Using your post without your permission is a crime and you should take action as soon as possible! It’s important to know your rights and get educated on the facts so you can approach the site’s owner in a pragmatic way.
Don’t assume that you have to hire a lawyer or get the authorities involved right away. In fact, all you have to do is send a warning to the site owner and explain that you would like the content taken down. Be clear, concise and inform them that if action is not taken, you will pursue pursue legal recourse. If you don’t get a response, it’s time to get the authorities involved.