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Copyright? - Or is that the Right to Copy?

I have noticed that anyone looking at a CV or Portfolio of Work has the ability to 'Cut' from oDesk, and 'Paste' into any Desktop Application. The ability to 'Cut' should be removed! Copying and Plagiarism are common amongst both Clients and Contractors. Some Clients use CV information to prepare bids for contracts outside of oDesk; and without consent. Contractors can use the same process in order to steal work to pass off as their own.

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Score: 9.0, Votes: 7
Yes, they can.

Bob Morgan wrote:
Contractors can use the same process in order to steal work to pass off as their own.

It has happened to many contractors

Watermark your work!

Watermarking won't stop the most determined ones, but it does make them move on to find an easier target in most cases!

You can also use tineye.com

You can also use tineye.com to see if your graphics have escaped anywhere.

It happens quite a bit on this platform.

Bob Morgan wrote:
I have noticed that anyone looking at a CV or Portfolio of Work has the ability to 'Cut' from oDesk, and 'Paste' into any Desktop Application. The ability to 'Cut' should be removed! Copying and Plagiarism are common amongst both Clients and Contractors. Some Clients use CV information to prepare bids for contracts outside of oDesk; and without consent. Contractors can use the same process in order to steal work to pass off as their own.

And is the exact reason why I choose not to post my portfolio on my profile. I will send published examples when I send in a proposal, or -- as has happened more recently -- when invited by a client to apply for a job.

I have seen two different

I have seen two different people copy my exact first paragraph and other paragraphs from my profile description, and that's just low - you can't even describe yourself? You have to steal someone elses description to use for yourself? Unfortunately these people are on LinkedIn and Freelancer, I've tried reporting them there but I don't know how effective it is.

You should be unable to copy text from profiles.

True

Alicia K. wrote:
I have seen two different people copy my exact first paragraph and other paragraphs from my profile description, and that's just low - you can't even describe yourself? You have to steal someone elses description to use for yourself? Unfortunately these people are on LinkedIn and Freelancer, I've tried reporting them there but I don't know how effective it is.

You should be unable to copy text from profiles.

Once a month, I run mine through Dustball. Alicia at the moment nearly 1/4 of your profile statement appears on a LinkedIn profile for someone who doesn't even appear to be connected to oDesk.

"plagiarism is the sincerest

"plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery"..

Outright portfolio theft is the sincerest form of lack of imagination and talent.