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How people may try to rationalize stealing your online content

Information spreads quickly and easily on the Internet. That's one of the huge benefits of the web, but it can also be a serious problem. In some situations, your information or online content may get stolen and used to benefit someone else without your permission. People try to rationalize this move in a few different ways.

Saying They're Helping You

One person had her blog content stolen and made into a video that another user posted, on his or her way to 90,000 views. When contacted about it, that person insisted that it was beneficial to the original creator because of that exposure -- even though that person wasn't credited and didn't earn anything for her work.

Saying They Linked to You

Linking is a way to get around online theft, but it's typically done when pulling out a quote or part of an idea and then creating more content around it. People are not supposed to steal 100 percent of the content, re-post it in the same form, and then just toss one link in there to make it legal. They especially can't do this if that link is relatively hidden, making it easy to overlook and giving credit to the person who copied the material.

Saying They Weren't Told Not to Steal

Some people will claim that the lack of a disclaimer or notification saying they can't copy the content means they didn't know they were doing anything wrong. This is a weak defense, but it's also one that's easy to get around by simply putting a warning page on your blog or website.

Online theft is a very real issue, especially for those in creative fields. If your work has been stolen, make sure you know your rights under Florida's intellectual property laws.

Source: Awesomely Luvvie, "How to Protect Your Blog Content: Know Your Rights," accessed Aug. 23, 2016

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