Have you ever heard the phrase, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery!”? But outright copying and pasting content from somewhere to your blog or content marketing is plagiarism and stealing. That happened to me just a week or so ago.
I was alerted by TalkWalker.com that my name was being used on a website. This is usually a good thing, but in this case, someone copied my content and claimed it as their own original work. Below is the title from their post and a link to my original post…
I contacted them and they stated “This is a standard industry practice to post other people's content and add backlinks to the original posts. You get great link juice for this especially from a website like ours. The post already had over 300 shares. One of yours happened to slip in and honestly, you should be happy that we chose to post your article. By us posting your content you will get far more traffic than you will from your very own website.”
Needless to say, he is completely wrong and another very large company (with biggy lawyers) that I alerted said “This person's practice is totally inappropriate, and also illegal. His response to you is obnoxious and incorrect. I've passed along to our legal team.”
In this episode, we will discuss how you can avoid trouble and biggy lawyers!