How to Protect Your Intellectual Property on The Internet.

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By Samuel Osho
On Feb. 14, 2015, I delivered a spoken word poetry on the theme of Love to an audience and got a rousing applause. It was a humbling experience and the satisfaction of the audience was the perfect Valentine gift for me. A few days later, I met a friend who witnessed my Valentine's Day rendition, he broke the news - someone else delivered my poem to a separate audience within the same city without a mention of my name. I felt raped intellectually.

The beauty in the diversity experienced in the world is the uniqueness of our ideas.@iamsamosho Click To Tweet Have you ever been a victim of a robbery incident? Can you remember the excruciating pains you encountered because of the loss of a precious item? For every deeply creative mind at work, you are likely to go haywire when someone steals your intellectual property. The population of Internet users is rapidly on the increase and the same is true for the rate of plagiarism. What drives digital marketing is exceptional and quality content; some do the dirty job while others settle for the path of least resistance - copy and paste.
Don't get me wrong, plagiarism is different from a viral content on the Internet perpetually shared by fascinated admirers. Everyone wants their work to get the attention it deserves; it propels authors and artists on the ladder of popularity which is better than obscurity. But when another person's intellectual content is used without giving proper credits, it's theft! Proper credits imply stating the source and the author's name and in some cases, asking for their permission.

Some do the dirty job, others go for the path of least resistance -copy and paste.@iamsamosho Click To Tweet The emerging league of writers, artists, innovators, designers, brand experts and inventors clearly reveals the power of ideas in motion and accentuates the potential of a profound thought. The beauty in the diversity experienced in the world is the uniqueness of our ideas. Cerebral excellence morphs from paying credence to the intellectuality of your thoughts and respecting your perspectives enough to stand on them. The difference in the flight prices of British Airways and Ethiopian Airlines if you want to buy a ticket that takes you from Lagos to London is the brand. British Airways is a brand; the name signifies excellence, class, elegance, and royalty. If the brand name is used maliciously; it's an act of theft that is punishable under the precincts of law.
In his blockbuster book, Platform, a must read for every digital marketer, American author Michael Hyatt highlighted eight profound tips that can be used for the protection of your intellectual property online. His points covered a range of steps that you can take to protect your work on the Internet.

when a person's intellectual content is used without giving proper credits, it's theft@iamsamosho Click To Tweet How will you know if your name or brand is used on the Internet without your permission? The first point of call is to set up a Google Alert account; it's free and easy to get one with a functional Gmail account. Know that, you can add as many alert suggestions based on the variations in the arrangement of your brands and name. For example, you can tell Google to alert you when "Samuel Osho," Osho Samuel," "Panacea," appears anywhere on the Internet.
In an interview with a Forbes journalist, a Business and Branding Attorney in the United States, Ashley Brewer sheds more light on the importance of protecting your intellectual property online and how to go about it. Brands, inventions, written works, screenplays, artworks, and codes should be protected via the right quarters to prevent painful losses.
To be more specific, let's look at the case of written works. If you are a popular blogger, a successful writer, and a best-selling author, there could be attempts by pirates to reproduce your work without your permission. It could even be a lazy blogger making huge traffic and revenue off your content. What do you do?1. Contact the owner of the website: You can start off with a friendly email to the email address of the defaulter with the aim of informing the website/blog owner about the implication of having your content on the site. Request that the article be pulled down or you could give tips on how to properly cite sources and give credits to the author of the content.

2. Get in touch with the hosting service: If the defaulter refuses to take down the content, you can approach the hosting company of the website and make the appropriate complaints. Using the Domain Tools, you can have access to a variety of information ranging from the domain registration and the hosting service provider. Report and request that the website is taken down until the offender cooperates.
In conclusion, it's important for you to make use of a blog/website footer that shows your Copyright Notice [© 2017, "Samuel Osho"]. It reminds the reader that all the content on the website is your original work and you own it. If you want to take your stance about plagiarism more seriously, create a page that vividly explains your policies when it comes to sharing and the usage of your content by others.

Have you ever been a victim of plagiarism? Please share your thoughts.

Samuel Osho is a writer and creative thinker who helps business owners gain strong online presence via website design, content creation, and animation. He frequently writes on topics that aids your creativity, stimulates your personal development, initiates an excellent spirit in you and empowers you to be in control of your time.  To connect with Sam, you can do that via LinkedIn or Facebook


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