I have a question for you. Have you put a copyright on your work? If not, will you ever intend to (I’m talking about before you get published). If you have posted some of your work on your blog are you wary of the fact that any Joe Shmoe can plagiarise it? Claim it as their own. So, essentially, stealing.
A few posts ago, I mentioned that I was entering a short story competition and I was possibly going to post this story on my blog. I have been thinking about this and I am very reluctant to. I know that a lot of bloggers post their work. But with all this illegal downloading, where people don’t think twice about going on file sharing websites to download their favourite movies or tv shows, who’s to say that it stops at media? People can go trolling the internet for potential assignments, or short story ‘ideas’. It happens everyday.
I have read that once you publicise your work it is more or less copyrighted. But not in the legal sense. However paying for copyright can get expensive. So where do we go from there? Just sit back and hope for the best? I guess it’s a risk, isn’t it. Much like anything else we do. Which goes to show how much trust there is in the world. Or is there? Is plagiarism just par for the course? Tell me what you think.