How to protect our content from plagiarism or appropriation by others

With the 'boomThe content on social networks has increased exponentially, especially with the emergence of the well-known 'social networks'. influencers

Even though we are not involved in social media, our content must be protected against plagiarism and appropriation by third parties

But how can we protect it? 


A first option is to register our creation in the Intellectual Property Registry, although it may not be feasible in some casessuch as registering all the tweets we have published. 

This registration is not compulsory, but optionalsince in Spain recognition as the author of the work is automatic by the mere fact of creating the work

Thus, once we have created and published our work, we are already the authors of it, but their registration provides protection against third parties, as their use requires our consent or authorisation

However, in such cases, we should be talking about format, not content per se.. By formats we should mean, for example, an illustration, a source code or a specific text. 

Therefore, if we wish to register our creation, we should pay close attention to what we want to register, making sure that it is in a format.


Another option that we can turn to are the online licences, in particular, the licences for copyright

This option can be the best as far as digital works are concerned and also generates the need for consent or authorisation from the author.

Also, we can also reserve only a part of these copyrights, by means of the copyleft

A clear example of partial reservation are those works that can be used freely, but with the author's citation or without obtaining economic benefits. 

Therefore, these two alternatives are another option to be able to protect our works and contents, being more versatile and adaptable than the physical registry and allowing the same protection


Finally, and depending on the case, another choice could be to the certificate of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

At present, this entity has a online service called Wipo Proofwhich generates a digital fingerprint by time stamping

This footprint proves beyond any doubt that a specific document or content has been created at a specific point in time

It therefore destroys any intention of plagiarism, especially in those cases where the product is not yet public, since it demonstrates who has been the first to create such a product

However, unlike the first two options, this certificate is intended to demonstrate a specific situation, the creation of such a product in a specific time, but does not in itself confer any copyright

Nevertheless, it is good documentary evidence in legal proceedings for possible plagiarism, but not to limit its possible use by third parties. 

So, here we can see three alternatives that, depending on the case, can be extremely useful to protect our contents, publications, products and works. Which one would you choose? 

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