Friday, 17 April 2015

Some safeguards against PLAGIARISM

Some safeguards against PLAGIARISM

Of late many instances have come to the notice where in contents posted by the originator   were unabashedly  posted by unscrupulous elements either in their own name or posted on their walls/blogs/pages without acknowledging the source of the material/originator giving a reader an idea that the work belongs to cheater/thief.  Recently works of some of my friends on Facebook/  (Sunita) (Shaista) (Menika) / have been posted somewhere else without their permission and knowledge. These are but a few examples only.  It is well known fact that plagiarists are everywhere. One can not help in these cases unless and until the work concerned is copyrighted. In that case the offender can be sued and compensation demanded. However it is not so easy as it seems. It is very cumbersome to get each and every poem/story/article copyrighted from   every time it is posted. Suing a person is also not an easy task in our legal system. However if one goes through the FAQs of the site, one can stumble upon an answer which says, Quote ,  “Is it necessary to register a work to claim copyright?
Ans: No. Acquisition of copyright is automatic and it does not require any formality. Copyright comes into existence as soon as a work is created and no formality is required to be completed for acquiring copyright. However, certificate of registration of copyright and the entries made therein serve as prima facie evidence in a court of law with reference to dispute relating to ownership of copyright” Unquote.

It is clear that once a work is created its copyright remains with the originator. However following steps may ensure that your work remains safe even if plagiarized.

a)   Please write COPYRIGHT/ your name or mention  All Rights Reserved/your name  (date & times is automatically shown, if not,  put it there too)
b)  Check often, through Plagiarism Checker, whether your contents are published/ plagiarized  anywhere on the net.
c)    If you happen to know about theft of the content, warn the person concerned and shame him/her on your wall, on his/her page/wall and also seek the blacklisting/blocking of the person concerned through your friends.
d)  Report him/her to the service provider/ admins.
e)    After every three months please do post the following on your timeline, page, website etc. :-
It is brought to the notice of everyone that my thoughts, writes, poems, stories, articles etc, published on facebook and other websites existing on world wide web are my intellectual property and entirely belong to me. No part of my writings/sayings be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means viz electronic, mechanical, photocoping, recording or otherwise without my express permission and consent. Published by..................

फेसबुक तथा इंटरनेट की तमाम वेबसाइट्स पर मेरे द्वारा प्रेषित एवं प्रकाशित मेरे दवारा लिखे विचार, लेख, कवितायेँ, कहानियां इत्यादि के सर्वाधिकार लेखक यानी की मेरे पास सुरक्षित हैं. मेरी पूर्व अनुमति के बिना इस प्रकाशन के किसी भी भाग को छापना तथा इलेक्ट्रॉनिकी, मशीनी, फोटो प्रतिलिपि, रिकॉर्डिंग अथवा किसी अन्य विधि से प्रयोग, पाठ एवं प्रसारण वर्जित है. दवारा................

These steps are also not full proof yet it may prove to be detterent to a plagiarist. He/she may have to think twice before she steals the content.
I must mention here that ideas/concepts have no copyrights. Any one can develop already existing idea/concept in his/her own style and language except works of art which is to be patented.

I hope this information may help poets/writers to some extent.
Tribhawan Kaul


  1. Thanks for writing the post , sir. As these days violation ofthe copyright acts become so common that we heard some terrifying news everyday from many people. Few days ago, I saw a post circulated on Facebook by a writer that her whole book has been printed in the form of a novel, but thewriter is someone else. And, the writer is the one who once worked as the editor in the same publication house, where she had sent her draft to be noticed. This post circulated a lot, but never heard about the outcome next. Similar scenario happened, when a professor of Patna University claimed Chetan Bhagat ' Half Girlfriend' as his own work, but Chetan Bhagat just recalled it as a cheap publicity stunt. The case is still in
    the Patna high court. Every single one is supposed to be inspired from the people they used to read- but violation sucks Sometimes it become tidy, Whom to believe or whom not. Big names, or the people who are working undergrounds, cheated and then later betrayed publicly. Writers are supposed to penned down their beliefs, their ideas without any prior stress. But these days violation of writing ethics is the one major concern, and such cheap things are earning bad name to the pious profession of writing.
    If Kalidasa was alive today, he must suffered from these things
    Thanks for writing such a nice colomn, sir.

  2. Thank you Krb Saurabh. It is just to enlighten budding poets and writers. Plagiarists are every where. One may not know that his/her work is being translated in other languages too. One sincerely prays that it does not happen yet there is no control. Happy reading and writing.

  3. Thank you TB for this important info.Film people are the worst offenders; be wary of them.

    1. Thank you dear Manohar. Yes I am aware of it.