May 6, 2009

Check Out FairShare to Combat Plagiarism

I've been reading about plagiarism and checking many of my articles for copies on the Internet. Since I've been working on Shared Reviews, I've found many "writers" don't have any scruples when it comes to copying. I came across an article on Associated Content about an alert tool that may help combat plagiarizers:

Using FairShare to Detect Plagiarism of Your Web Content
If you're a Web content writer, you know how upsetting it is to find that your articles have been plagiarized. It's expensive to use commercial plagiarism checkers and time consuming to set up individual Google Alerts. Want a better way?

FairShare limits you to 5 feeds. I can't get it to work on my yahoo home page, but it works beautifully on my Google reader. If your putting your stuff online and are afraid of plagiarizers, FairShare is easy to use, automatic, and free.

I will continue to use CopyScape and Google Alerts, but you can never be too aware when it comes to plagiarism.

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  1. I'll check it out, Muse, although for the life of me, I've never understood plagiarism. Why? What sort of benefit could be derived from such nonsense? You won't be a better writer and you won't have the pride of an accomplishment. I guess some people just are lazy and morally corrupt.

  2. Hi Conda!

    I can't understand it either...Lazy and morally corrupt is the perfect description. It would be one thing if they attributed credit to the author. But for one reason or another they just do not give credit where credit is due. Perhaps they don't understand plagiarism is stealing!

    Have a super day!

  3. Muse:

    Hey, thanks a lot. I've heard about stuff getting ripped off. I sure hope it hasn't happened to me.

    I'll check out this site you recommend.

    Happy trails.

  4. Hey Swu!

    We really do need to protect our content as much as we can.

    Take care!

  5. Hi! I couldn't agree more with what Conda has had to say here!

    Now, there are so many free things out there to assist folk like us, that it totally amazes me and for which I am very grateful.

    To date, I have only used Google Alerts and what that finds is totally amazing and at times shocking.

    The last run in I had with some unscrupulous fellow coping my stuff, I had to write to his free hosting site to get it pulled.

    The saying, "every dog has its day" now comes to mind! Thank you for this great tip!

    Take Care,

  6. The whole plagiarism thing has taken on a huge life of its own. It's become much easier to do because of technology. A couple clicks and it's done. Some people seem to think if they find an obscure work to "borrow" no one will notice. Of course there are those who aren't even that smart and steal high-profile works.

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  8. Hey J.L!

    It is crazy. I've seen some pretty blatant examples. It's really sickening. I'm glad we have some ammunition.

    Have a good one!

  9. Hi Peter!

    Google alerts is great! I have mine set a little off target though. It gives me some funny stuff sometimes. That has been good for generating ideas and getting a good laugh.

    Take care!


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