Worried that your good work could be plagiarised or that someone’s going to steal your thunder on the Internet and not reference your writing or content appropriately? There’s a solution to every problem and this one comes in the form of Creative Commons. An offshoot of a US non-profit organisation, Creative Commons was founded in 2003 with the help of the University of Ottawa Law and Technology Program and the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.
Creative Commons licenses don’t replace copyright laws but are intended as a way of augmenting, emphasising and reinforcing them. They allow you to license your work easily, at no cost and with various different license offerings to choose from, you can decide on how much freedom you want to give people to use your content and in which forums.
Creative Commons steps you through an easy process to find the right license and then you simply download some HTML to your website:
6 Types of Creative Commons Licenses
People using your content are then morally and legally obliged to use it according to the rules set out (or not at all if you so choose). Whether or not people act appropriately remains to be seen and there’s also the issue of the global reach of the Internet with different laws governing different jurisdictions but if plagiarism is a concern for you then Creative Commons is definitely a step in the right direction to protecting your work.