Freelance FAQ #9: Is Your Writing Safe From Plagiarism?


We get a lot of questions from writers asking how they can protect their work from being plagiarized.

Technically, nothing’s stopping people from simply copying and pasting your work and trying to pass it off as their own.

But is this really something you need to worry about? Check out our latest FAQ video for the answer:

You might be thinking, “But what about work that doesn’t have my name on it? Is that safe?” This is a great question because there are many cases in which you won’t get a byline. A good example is writing website copy for a small business.

In situations like that, plagiarism is still very uncommon. And since most non-bylined work is done for someone else, if a writer or business rips that off, then it’s your client who will suffer, not you.

All in all, plagiarism just isn’t a real threat anymore. Of course, it’s good to take all the precautions you can, but the idea of someone stealing your work doesn’t need to keep you up at night.

Your turn: Has your freelance writing work ever been plagiarized? How did you find out and what did you do?

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