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With so many issues that emanate from freelancing jobs such as the issue of plagiarism, abuse, spamming and so on.
Would it be possible to set up an online court where such issues are addressed and real punishment severed to the guilty party?
I think we already have enough courts. Who wants more legal trouble. if you have a problem with somebody copying your work you can always take them to court in your Country the problem you’d have is if they're from a different Country. that's the basic problem with having an internet but what laws do they use? And how do they enforce judgement if they find you guilty? I think google needs to find a way to solve this dispute I think it has failed in its role to protect people’s works.When you write an article online do you patent it? I don't think you do. Hard to go to any court claiming that’s your work.
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Exactly. There's too many problems that other courts need to handle, not to mention some unsolved cases that are still pending. And yes, the problem with the differences in rules and regulations per country is a big challenge as well. However, I don't think Google isn't doing something for this kind of problem. Actually, I have noticed that whenever you are opening Google Chrome in your smartphone, you can't take screen shots anymore and that I think is a good step in decreasing plagiarism issues. Although they still need to add more features like the inability to copy for both PC and Smartphone users while the inability to screenshot as well for PC users.
There is a new court in artificial intelligence that is coming up soon. Plagiarised will be placed, charged and imprisoned.
Really? Where did you heard about this sir stbrians? I'm actually unaware of this and I am eager to know if there's an article about this so that I can copy the link and post in on my social media accounts so that my friends could be warned. I actually have a lot of friends who are fond of copying information from the internet, and by copying I mean highlighting the text + cltrl C.
I am not aware of the new court about artificial intelligence? I know, plagiarism is copying and owning other's work. It is illegal and a serious offense. One must be careful and responsible not to copy one's work.
You defend the vices done to us due to plagiarism, hacking and others as if they are good practices. We need courts.
Online it is easy to trace content to its original owners. Nots smell plagiarised from far. Editing sites also can be able to tap and place content to its original contributor.
Very well said and very true. I also have thought about cases like someone who's from another country copying your work. It would be very annoying as it would become extra hard because you just can't easily sue that person and let him go to your country to face the charges.
We have a court here for internet cases. In fact, we have a law for cyber crimes and there are cases that were resolved with a verdict of cyber libel. But the law only applies to the residents of our country. What if the violator is one who is a citizen and resident of another country, I don’t think our law on cyber crime will apply. Perhaps there should be an internet court where everyone can file a suit and it will be entertained regardless of the residence of the plaintiff and the accused.
I doubt it would be effective. You'd need to have someone who'll enforce the court's decisions. These people have to be paid for their services. Who would pay them? Freelancers?
While it might be a good idea, there are many reasons why it wouldn't work.
Even if freelancer marketplaces had some sort of agreement to lock out freelancers and clients who are scammers, rogue websites would still be set up and these people will still do whatever they please.
True. The expenses alone to seek the legal services of lawyers are too pricey enough that medium to small earning freelancers can't even afford a consultation. It's really a good idea to be honest but with how much freelancers earn (which is definitely okay but is not that stable especially for beginners), I don't think they'd even bother to file a complaint.
And yes, even tho some freelancer marketplaces set strict rules and regulations, it will never guarantee the safety of your content and that I guess is a sad reality that freelance writers or freelance artists should face every day.
The expenses alone to seek the legal services of lawyers are too pricey enough that medium to small earning freelancers can't even afford a consultation.
In this case the only winners would be the lawyers because whatever the outcome is, they'd have been paid for their services.
There are many opportunities for Freelancers to earn more money from their writing without worrying about their work being plagiarized.
Numerous "authority" sites on the net are always looking for fresh content. Even if they don't advertise, you only need to contact them directly and inform them you have something that their readers could like. Who knows? Even if they don't publish something you wrote, they could commission something else.
True. There's always an opportunity for freelance writers (especially the most talented ones) and they only have to be very passionate in searching for those opportunities.
Just learned that it is very easy to find new places where you can sell your writing. This search query:
"Write For Us"
It returns thousands of results. All those sites regularly need fresh content and writers who'll create it. And for bloggers, this is another way find sites where your guest posts should be.
Really? Thanks for the idea ma'am Jeane. This is definitely helpful.
However, I just hope that those sites don't discriminate newbies and would be kind enough to give constructive criticisms instead of just pulling out writers without giving them a chance (just like how other sites does).
As for constructive feedback, I doubt you'll get any if they don't accept the article(s) you submit.
However they have nothing against newbies.
In fact newbies are exactly who they are looking - "fresh voices" and quality writing.
Before submitting something visit the site and find out what the audience actually loves and wants. The information you obtain will make it easier for you to create something that will more likely be published.
I agree with you. I just hope that maybe in the future, it would be possible. It is because at this moment, it's not achievable. Freelancing world is just beginning to establish it's core foundations.
That is a really unique and interesting way of approaching it. I do wonder how it would be governed, though - if it was a "global" court there are just so many different rules and regulations from different countries that would have to be considered when writing these global rules.
I do think it's something that will probably happen in the future, but I can only imagine that it's going to require a lot of effort to ensure the court is fair, balanced and just.
Seriously, I gave this a very serious thought and from my thoughts wallowing on the subject, I was able to piece it out that it's going to be very difficult to have such a massive platform fully functional and operational.
It's going to require a huge resources to be able to set it up. The man power required to run it will be off the charts. If this can be achieved in the future, it will help so much in upgrading the system of freelance writing.
I have to agree. With a wide range of people using the internet, a wider ground should be considered to create laws and regulations. It should be equal and fair for all. They should study well first every community to be able to establish such online government. I think time will also come wherein there will be a set of organization that will lead the online community.
Yes, I agree with you, everything should be equal and fair so that everybody will benefit.
What an odd question! I'm not sure if this would work with the many countries laws and regulations. Usually, people just submit DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown requests to websites. If the website owner does not take the content down then you would have to probably contact their hosting provider to remove the content.
I am not even sure how an "online court" would even work. Would you go to this "court" via webcam? Would the judge also be on webcam? A lot of things to take into consideration. For instance, what happens if the court's internet goes out? What happens if the user does not comply with the judge's orders?
As I think about this more whilst writing this, I do not think a freelance court would actually be a good idea. There are many methods to get content removed from the internet (not that it actually gets removed).
An online court? Well! They have court TV. Why not online court?
I don't really understand what the online court is, tho as long as they are making their job it's fine with me.
That would be a great idea. It is like creating a platform in which they could report their complains if they believe that they are being plagiarized or someone stole their idea. On that way, it can help the online community to ensure peacefulness and originality on its state. I hope that this platform would be made possible. It could also be a great idea to create some laws or rules that the people will be obliged to do so.
This is an interesting thought and I think that it is high time some concern started to be put on the way things are done on the online world. I welcome the suggestion since it could help sort out the online bullying and even possibly hacking cases.
Your idea is great, but I doubt if it is possible. In any case, you need good capital to invest and purchase resources. Remember this involves law, and I highly doubt if you can even convict a single person. Basically, it is impossible.
I think there is also the part of the enactment of a universal online constitution or something close to that. This is a job which should be done with the engagement of numerous stakeholders but I do not rule out the possibility of its success.
True, and this only confirms that it is not possible to have an online court.
There is nothing which is impossible under the planet as just a couple of decades ago when you thought of communicating online with a person so many miles away in real time it seemed physcho but it is now possible so never say never.
I think that is a good idea since everyone now can have the chance to be heard about their complaints if there will be an online court that will handle freelance cases. It will helps to have a fast and reliable resolution of all cases that are very slow in the our government court places. I hope that this proposed idea could be heard an d be given a chance to be implemented globally if possible.
I don’t really think that an online court would be possible, simply due to the fact that laws and regulations are vastly different depending on the region.
Here, I can present an example. In America, it is illegal to share materials such as movies, music, or software with peer-to-peer programs, and it is considered to be online piracy. Rarely do cases go to court, but it’s a punishable offense none the less. That being said, if you’re in Sweden, you can take that exact same content and perform the exact same “crime” but since it’s legal in Sweden, American corporations can’t take you to court over it.
This is just one example of why it would be so complicated to set up an online court system, particularly for things that are considered petty crimes.
I think it would take a lot time for us to have an online courts that would cater on the complaints regarding freelancing activities since not all countries are in favor with this idea but I am still optimistic that it would be accepted and be a law.
This is a dream come true for the internet if ever this happens. Yesterday in a forum, I was asking a question about plagiarism that if you find a site with a copy of your article that is clearly a plagiarism case then what can you do. I don’t think there is an answer to that for now because how can you sue the plagiarist when you are in the US and he is in Africa? But if there will be an online court to handle such a case then it will be great and I think it will somehow cleanse the internet of criminal elements.
A good idea this one is
People go Scotfree when they do crime online. Hacking and other vices are really hurting. A system to manage the bad actors need to be set up
We don't need that "yet". The world has too much laws that they have to review and implement correctly.