Life in the Security Experiment Room
After he started writing letters to companies, conversing with CMOs, creating reviews, editing videos, and playing around with You Tube, it became clear that his interest would be a gateway to acquiring valuable skills and practical lessons.
He Copied Me!
But then it happened. A couple kids plagiarized his ideas and material. One YouTube youngster “borrowed” most of his intro. Grant invests hours editing these videos, so he was pretty ticked after he discovered the infringement.
“Mom, what should I do?”
I understood how he felt. This happens to writers all the time. It’s frustrating- especially when you’re the one who spent time or dollars on the original idea or work.
Plagiarism vs. Fair Use
Just to be clear, if you borrow an idea, quote, picture, or video you should credit your sources. If you want to be official with formatting that credit, read how to cite sources from MLA or APA. However, don’t cry “copyright infringement” if your idea was one that anyone could pick off just by living. All people are allowed fair use of ideas for educating, discussing, and conjecture. If the idea is already swimming in public, it can be taken and altered.
What If Someone Steals Your Content or Ideas?
#1. Inform the accused what was done. Define plagiarism for him or her because some people- especially kids, just don’t know. Plagiarism.com says, “
ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ARE CONSIDERED PLAGIARISM:
- turning in someone else’s work as your own
- copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
- failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
- giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
- changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
- copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (see our section on “fair use” rules)”
#2. Add a © (copyright symbol) with the current year and the owner’s name to the bottoms of your websites, pictures, articles, or videos. This symbol notifies would-be borrowers that you own the material. Most will ask for permission or provide credit to your page with links.
#3. Ask for credit if you feel that your idea or content was borrowed and be prepared to back up your claim. But then, simmer down. If you’re the original and most people know you’re the original, this is your moment to shine.
“Borrowing” is flattery. Properly documented spoofs or borrows can turn into more views for your channel. Create brand ambassadors that will grow your channel. When someone copies your content, look at the action as flattery and opportunity. Embrace the marketing boost!
#4. If a serious offender ignores your request to receive a link and hat tip to your page, hire an attorney. Sometimes, “borrowing” is not so innocent. If it’s costly and the stakes are high, let your attorney do the talking.
In general, most people want to get copyright right. If you keep a positive attitude and work through the situation, you’ll probably end up with decent backlinks and some new partnerships. Sharing and take-offs can help your SEO to soar.