There is few things worse than finding your work on someone else’s website. I can say from first-hand experience that plagiarism is no good and results in a lot of angry people (who could blame them). I am a proud lensmaster on Squidoo where great content is published. Sadly, there are people who think plagiarism will lead to quick success. There was recently a website that copied EVERY lens published on Squidoo. My lenses about making money with legos, lego animations (which won the Lens of the Day award), and Lego Station lens were only 3 of the many lenses that had their content duplicated and displayed on another website. There was a lot of buzz in the SquidooHQ Forum about this issue. Squidoo was able to prevail once again and now all of the copied content has been taken down.
There is no victor when content is plagiarized. The real content will lose traffic because the plagiarized content steals some of the views. The person who is plagiarized loses traffic which results in lost sales and revenue. The person who does the plagiarizing will be caught and forced to close their website. Their character is completely tainted.
My content has made me thousands of dollars, and to see it somewhere else can result in a scare. If plagiarized content wasn’t taken down, I would have lost a lot of visitors. Being a victim of plagiarism can turn any good day into a bad day especially when thousands of words formed into hundreds of sentences are plagiarized.
To be a victim can change your whole perspective over the issue. Just 2 years ago, I didn’t have any content online. Now that I have tons of content online, I am grateful for my work, but disguisted when someone dares to take my work and call it their own.