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Over 20 years ago, the Internet has become mainstream, giving people all over the globe fast access to a huge pool of ideas making information sharing as well as research done in seconds. This development also brought about vagueness not only to territorial and linguistic boundaries, but also to idea ownership, and even the truthfulness and credibility of the facts available online.
If you are a budding Internet author, or a dedicated one who has been in the industry for years, how can you deal with the rampant copying of ideas and works online? How is it to remain reputable in an environment where there are blurry rules of plagiarism?
Technology made information easy to access. Documents in pieces or in bulk, important in one way or another, even the most sensitive ones are easily copied from one source to the other. This is very rampant in the downloading of pictures, other images, music, movies and other files. These files can all be transferred in seconds. Making all these happen is never that expensive. In fact it cost no more than an ordinary pen.
The Internet opens and makes everyone free to make business and generate from just a single idea. Anybody who wants to do something about a certain idea and who wants to do good about it always is creative. He always put great effort and hard work for the idea to become a success. Patents have certain processes to award the original authors giving them special distinctions and privileges. Everyone else is competing for this patent.
Competing for Reputation
The race for good and evolving ideas becomes a competition. Often times, we cannot hide the fact that we also copy ideas, if not outsource them and make them as a reference. The reference authors seem to be the leader for they are the source of the idea, though we are always open for innovations. One idea from a certain writer may seem to be the source for a whole new title of another author. It is just a matter of who comes first.
Dealing with Idea Copying
You should know your goals. By now you should be able to identify the limits. Don’t be someone claiming to be the top where others also deserve the same. You should see what consumers wanted. You should be able to exceed the viewers’ expectation. As an author, you should realize how people copy you and your works. Others often innovate what seemed to be your original piece and this becomes very good. You should look for ways on how to compete with the market. In the end, with all these competition, someone will always evolve as smarter, and better.
Staying Highly Reputable
What is the best part then? How can you make sure you top from the others in a pool where plagiarism is rampant? It is your ability to provide the customers their wants. You should not forget this while working to get to the top. For ranking is just transitory, reputation is something that goes a long way.
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All in all, the Internet has been a breakthrough in information sharing with its own pros and cons. The catch really is how to maximize the advantages and deal with the disadvantages. If you want to set up or continue a writing career on the Internet, it is definitely a must to be keen and equip yourself with the necessary tools and techniques to get the ample reviews to boost up your online reputation as an online writer.