answering spam

This morning, I found a spam comment for this post that was pending approval. Instead of deleting it outright, I’ve decided to respond to it (although not approve it for posting; that would be stupid).  So here’s the (unedited) comment/question(s):

With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My site has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any techniques to help protect against content from being ripped off? I’d really appreciate it.

–Sallie
(if that’s your “real” name)

First of all, while I appreciate the attempt at flattery, my blog does not possess that much content (in comparison to other bloggers); I merely scratch the surface. Admittedly, minimal content does not in itself rule out the possibility of being plagiarized or violated (or in a copyright sort of way). However, personally, I do not think any of my material has been stolen/lifted and proffered as the original work of the stealer/lifter. Although, I have seen cases of people plagiarizing others–whether it be on the internet or in print (see here, here, here, and here); and such instances sadden me.

Second, your final question is a good one and I can answer it quite simply: the best technique to prevent getting ripped off is don’t write anything–especially if you think it’s unique or valuable. There is another option, one that would take considerable time and effort: alter the corrupt and evil minds of those who do such things.

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