Copyact.com provides a full service of protecting intellectual property online. By means of Copyact, you are not only able to use a free plagiarism checker but also to protect your copyrights in five different ways
- by creating the archive of your website – due to this service, a real version of the author's content is saved and both the main page and the subpages may be put forward in case of copyright infringement;
- by creating the archive of unpublished files (e.g. Images, texts, video files or music) – this function makes your files safe and protects them from an unwanted publication;
- by automatic and systematic checking of the duplicated content – as soon as the user updates the content on his webpage, the data concerning the duplicated content of the page will also be updated. This way, you will be systematically informed about the possible plagiarism;
- by creating an electronic signature for your files – every single file you decide to archive (whether these are texts, pictures or websites) will be signed electronically for data integrity and authentication. What is more, the electronic signature will contain a time marker, to make identification of the precedential content possible;
- by creating an authenticity certificate – the certificate will confirm the authorship of the content and could play a significant role as an evidence in a possible trial.
Copyact is a new website offering e-services related to a comprehensive plagiarism protection. We are the first website to offer the fastest and most advanced tools to save you from copyright infringement, apart from the basic function of a plagiarism checker.
Copyact was launched in 2014. The originator of the project was Jakub Świerczyński, the company's president and a joint owner of a law firm Msconsult, which is registered in Poznań, Poland. Should you have any more questions, comments or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us via the contact form.
Copyact.com offers a variety of opportunities for registered users, both to protect their content from a potential theft and alarm him in the case of copyright infringement. Sit back and check what we prepaired for you.
Website or blog owners rarely check if their content has been copied and placed on another website. Usually these incidents are uncovered by accident, but in most cases, authors don't even realize that their content has been plagiarized. Copyact suggests to check automatically if your content figures in other places of the Internet. RSS feed module automatically passes on information about duplicated content that belongs to you. The aplication checks the content you indicate and sends the results of the scan to your e-mail address. RSS feed is a useful tool which makes you feel safe about your content, as you will be informed if theft happens.
If you have an extended website and don't have time to check each element, this module is going to be perfect for you – a full archive of your website content will make a control over your content much easier. It's enough to put your website address and Copyact system will save all of the content (text, pictures, graphic etc.) located on your site as well as its subpages. Additionally, in the cooperation with the RSS feed, any modification of the content will cause a plagiarism check to launch automatically. If you use the website archive, you don't have to protect individual elements of your site content. Moreover, the copied content on another site will also be archived as an evidence of the copyright infringement.
Private data protection
Everyone has private, important files on their computer, which should not be published online. Another function of Copyact Premium, the module of an unpublished content, provides protection for these files,. You can upload any file you want to our secure server and protect them not only from an unwanted publication but also from a physical loss or damage (for example a technical breakdown or hacking). Once the files are uploaded and the charge is settled ($10 for each 100MB), the system will send you an information about the end of the upload and will guide you how to access your data. If the system detects an illegal usage of your files online, the source of the violation will be archived as an evidence.
Marking your files
People who care about details will be pleased with our electronic marker module, which provides a formal protection of your content by assigning an electronic signature with a time marker. In case of pursuing your rights in court, the electronic signature will make a credible proof for the priority of creation of the content. A single electronic signature on a given document costs $3.
For everyone who values their time and money, we prepared a certifying module, which is an alternative to a notary public visit. Our certificate certifies the authenticity of the given content and may also serve as a credible proof for the court, especially followed by marking your content electronically first. A single authenticity certificate of your content will be created on your request and requires a $35 payment.
The best anti-plagiarism tool
Copyact provides a lot of possibilities of protecting your content from plagiarism. Everyone will find something perfect for them, some will use our free plagiarism detector, while others will prefer a complex system of protection. There is no doubt that our new online software will conquer the anti-plagiarism market.
In the days of the Internet and a common practice of copying the online content, many people is looking for a way to protect their website or blog from plagiarism. If you are one of these people, it's good you are here, because Copyact is a brand new online software to detect plagiarism, and its functions will definitely take a liking to you.
Apart from a free plagiarism checker available on our website, there are other tools that protect your whole website from an online copyright infringement. There is a plagiarism warning banner on our front page, informing that the site being protected by the Copyact system. You also can have this banner, it's enought if you download it and put on your own website. The probability of content plagiarism will decrease if you use it on your site.
Tools for plagiarism prevention
Additional tools to protect your website from plagiarizm are available after registering a paid Premium account. If you want to protect the whole website from plagiarizm, you should use a website archive module. Once you submit the website address, Copyact saves the content of your page and its subpages. After the site is archived, the system checks the content and sends the results to the user. If you decide to change the content, system will automatically detect the change and launch a plagiarism checker. The module is extremely convenient, as it is entirely automated and checks for plagiarism independently.
Yet another interesting option offered by Copyact Premium is an automatic checking of given content. The process of plagiarism checking is conducted repeatedly with a frequency chosen by the user. We have created an effective method of notifying the user, based on the RSS feed. After each process of checking for plagiarism, the system will send the scan results to the e-mail address submitted during the registration.
For protection of your private data stored on a hard drive, we have created an archive service. Copyact offers a secure server, where you can upload your files, which later will be checked for plagiarism the same way, the content on a website, and similarly the results will be e-mailed to you. The archive module does not only protect your files from plagiarism, but it also makes them safe from hacking and physical damage by storing them on the server.
Premium account users will also be able to mark their files with an electronic signature. The marker is a reliable authentication of the data and it documents the time of their creation. There are two major reasons for marking your files; first, it is a great plagiarizm protection and second, it verifies your data.
Last, but certainly not least, we offer to issue a certificate that authenticates all of your content gathered in Copyact. Together with electronic markers on the files, the certificate makes a reliable protection against plagiarizm. There is no problem with proving that your content is truely yours even in court, as long as you own such a certificate.
Copyact.com provides a complete system of protection against plagiarizm for your Internet website. All kinds of content present at your site are effectively protected from plagiarism, whether it is text, image or graphics. Advanced tools of our system make it the only online software providing a comprehensive data protection and the best plagiarism checker on the market.
Definition of plagiarism
Plagiarism in the modern meaning of the word, originated from Latin word plagium, which means a kidnapping. It is a serious violation of an intellectual property of an author. The problem consists of a deliberate copying of either a fragment or a whole work and its conscious publication under somebody else's name or without the source of the original work. The content in danger of becoming plagiarized may be either a text, an image, a picture, a scholarly article, a Master's thesis or even an invention. However, it is really difficult to establish unambiguously, whether a copyright infringement has happened or not, because according to a definition, plagiarism is a deliberate and intentional action. Whereas the action cannot be called deliberate if a person does not realize that s/he is stealing someone else's content. Especially that nowadays the great majority of works bears signs of borrowing and processing other people's work.
Plagiarism according to the Polish law
According to the Polish law (art.16 of the Act on Copyright and Related Rights, an access to the translation of the Polish Act), the link between the author and his work entitles him to; sign the work with his name, pseudonym or to make it available to the public anonymously, to control the manner of using the work, to have the content and form of the work inviolable and properly used and to decide about making the work available to the public. Any person who converts the authorship of a work, misleads as far as the authorship is concerned or distributes the work in its original or reproducted form without permission, is liable to a fine, restriction of liberty or imprisonment up to 3 years (art. 115 & 116 of the Act on Copyright and Related Rights).
Penalties for the copyright infringement vary from state to state. For example in the USA, any person who willfully infringes a copyright for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain, or reproduces and distributes the work, shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, or fined not more than $150,000 (see 18 U.S.C. §2319 and 17 U.S.C. §506).
Due to the international conventions, for example the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, all of the works are under copyright law from the moment they come into being. The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, concluded in 1886, was the first convention that concerned copyright between sovereign countries. Since then, the Convention was frequently amended, to reach its final form in 1979. The United States, after initial hesitation, ratified the Convention in 1989 and now is one of the 167 states that are parties to the Berne Convention. By the Berne Convention, authors of each membership countries are treated equally, copyright is granted automatically and doesn't require any registration. According to the Convention ((Art.7(1)), all works are copyrighted for at least 50 years after the author's death.
A tool for detecting plagiarism
Copyrights are protected and abided by the law almost all over the world. Thus, plagiarism cannot be tolerated, and by means of specialized tools for avoiding copyright infringement, it can be almost entirely eliminated. Our latest online software to detect plagiarism is a highly useful tool for counteracting online plagiarism. Apart from free textual and graphic plagiarism checkers, we also offer a wide variety of services protecting websites from content duplication. For avoiding plagiarism and protecting your content, you should become familiar with Copyact and its functions.
According to the Latin saying, traditionally associated with Hippocrates: morbum evitare quam curare facilius est, i.e. “prevention is better than cure”. Paraphrazing this principle, preventing plagiarism is better than penalizing for doing it. Hence, we present 3 most common and most effective ways of preventing the larceny of content.
Basic plagiarism protection
First things first, you should inform about the copyright protecting the content. A simple copyright note or a © symbol, even though not required from the legal point of view, would serve an informative as well as cautionary function. Usually a copyright information conveys a meaning “Do not steal my property”. Once a note is visible on a website, a thief cannot excuse himself for not knowing that the content was protected and a possible plagiarism will be considered as deliberate and intentional.
An anti-plagiarism system
Another way of preventing the theft of your content is to insert a reference mark to your website. There are two ways to present the reference, either in a footnote, for example 2014© copyact.com or incorporated in the content. The latter method is more time-consuming, but on the other hand there is a greater chance that your content will remain signed by your name. Inserting an advertising banner stating: “Website protected by copyact.com. Do not copy.” is also an excellent idea. It serves an informative function about the anti-plagiarism software Copyact protecting the website. The banner is available to download for free at out website.
The last reliable method of protecting your copyright is to mark your content with a unique signature, an identifier which will be an inseparable part of your content. Copyact offers a service of assigning electronic signature to your files, which not only marks the content but also adds a time marker to it. Time markers helps to prove that the content is original and has been created before a detected copy.
Unfortunately neither of the method mentioned above can guarantee that your copyright will not be infringed, however, these are the fundamentals of claiming your rights, especially if the lawsuit is in prospect. But you don't have to worry about plagiarism, if you have proper tools for protecting your content.
The phenomenon of unauthorized duplication of content, i.e. plagiarism, is becoming more and more common every year. It has been estimated that over 63% of the content published online will be plagiarised in 2014. In the face of the growing problem, which is both unauthorized text and image use, it is worth learning what we, as the users of the Internet community and potential victims of plagiarism, can do when we find out that the content of our website, or the website itself, has been duplicated.
Online tools for detecting plagiarism
First of all, the duplicate content tools are extremely useful and we should definitely check if our files hasn't been plagiarized. Copyact offers not only the tool to search for a duplicated content, but also other useful services, among others, the tool to archive your website to prevent it from being copied. Additionally, the archive enables to prove how the website and the subpages looked in the original form, in case of the copyright infringement.
Things you can do once you find plagiarism
One of the most basic things that we should do when we find out that our copyrights were violated is to contact the plagiarist and inform him that a given content is our property and has been plagiarised. It is possible that after your intervention, the plagiarised content will disappear. You would be well advised to refer to the law in force, for example the Berne Convention or the copyright law, to emphasize the severity of the situation. However, if this method fails, we have the arsenal of other arguments to our disposal.
Another action that you can undertake is to file for a deletion of the stolen content to the online service provider. It is also a good idea to report a copyright violation to Google, which is able to delete the web search results violating the copyrigh on the basis of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). According to the latest information, each week Google receives about 6 millions requests to remove the content from search results. A huge amount of takedown notices proves that plagiarism is a thorny issue.
Verification of the content's authenticity
Yet another thing that you can do to protect your content is to get a notarial deed certifying that the author's content has been plagiarized. However, it is rather costly and time-consuming. A much better solution is to issue a certificate of authenticity offered by Copyact.com. You can now secure your content and validate its authenticity in no time and without leaving your house.
In the last resort, we can file a suit, but it is associated with a need to prove the priority of creating the content as well as the priority of publishing it. It is worth mentioning that Copyact.com offers authenticity certificates confirming the authorship of the data, which may be significant during the process of proving your authorship in court.
Fortunately, there are various ways to fight for your rights online. It is crucial to take any action, because once you are idle, you give a permission to steal your content, and noone likes to be robbed. This is why you should take matters into your hands and protect your content.
DMCA, which stands for the Digital Millenium Copyright Act is a United States copyright law, implemented in 1998. On the basis of the DMCA, companies such as Google take actions concerning the copyright infringement on the Internet. Let's see what the Act consists of and why it is so controversial.
Content of the DMCA
The DMCA implements two treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which amend the U.S. copyright law and extends its reach and limits the liability of the online service providers for copyright infringement by its users. According to the DMCA, production and distribution of technologies, devices or services in order to avoid the copyright law is considered a crime. The DMCA has also heightened the penalties for copyright infringement online.
Actions possible due to the DMCA
Due to the DMCA's regulations, companies like YouTube, which may contain infringed materials, are protected. As a matter of fact it is users responsibility, as they were required to accept the site's conditions of use, which they failed to obey. The website is responsible for blocking or deleting the infringing content if they receive a takedown notice. DMCA also makes it possible to issue subpoenas against online service providers to reveal the user's identity.
Google vs DMCA
Basing on the DMCA, Google has introduced an option of deleting the search results, which infringe the copyright. It is enough if you file a form, indicating which Google product the infringement concerns and where the original as well as copied material is located. According to the Google report from 2005, more than half of the Google takedown notices (57%) were invalid, as they were targeting the competing business' sites.
Criticism of the DMCA
The DMCA opponents claim the Act to be unconstitutional and violating the principle of the freedom of speech. The online service providers are accused of acting overhasty with reactions to the takedown notices, deleting the content which don't infringe the copyright. If you want to check the content for plagiarizm on your own, it is worth using a free online software to detect plagiarism. Copyact.com is an example of a well functioning online plagiarism checker. We offer free plagiarism checkers, both textual and graphic, a plagiarism warning banner and an extended system of protection for websites.<
Before issuing a DMCA takedown notice
Before you issue a DMCA takedown notice, you should check if the content has been copied and prepare an evidence of authorship. Copyact provides a service of creating a body of evidence in the form of an electronic markers for the content and a certificate of authorship. The variety of our tools will definitely prove to be useful in avoiding plagiarism of your content.