I usually write about things WordPress, but I ran across this post earlier today and it resonated, because I’ve had this happen. Theft of your hard work can be dismaying and frustrating, but you have to be able to move on in some fashion. Do what you can do to remedy the theft, but then get over it 😀
If you have been writing for any length of time, especially if you have been making your writing available on the web, you will have had it stolen. It just is the way it is, this day and age. In addition to the tips Chris Marlow lays out in the article above, I’d offer these tidbits:
- If you publish your works via PDF, make sure you’ve turned security on and restrict copying and printing. You may think that letting people print shouldn’t be a problem, but I’ve run across people who printed e-documents then ran them through text recognition software and back out onto the web under their own name.
- Proactively use DMCA take-down notices to force sites to remove pirated content. You can find out how to do that here: Two Easy Steps for Using the DMCA Takedown Notice to Battle Copyright Infringement. An interesting point in this article is about copyright: “Unlike other copyright infringement remedies, your copyright does not have to be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office for you to take advantage of this DMCA provision.”
- Don’t let content theft discourage you from writing. Someone may steal what you’ve written, but you are the creator – create more, create often 🙂