What to Do If Someone Steals Your Work?

Imagine how frustrating it would be if someone stole your intellectual property. Let’s say you’re struck with an inspiration for a piece of creative work you’re doing. You sit down and start drafting it till you figure out what works best. After that’s done and you’ve finally created your work, you might have shown it to someone, only to find out that they plagiarised it. The work that you were so invested in could be out there, under the name of someone who didn’t work on it. Unacceptable.

Whether you’re working on creative pieces for your own pleasure or for someone who’s paying you good money for your work, it’s never okay for anyone to steal it. Intellectual property theft is the same as any other valuable theft from a person, as far as the law is concerned. Here’s what you should do if you ever find yourself in such a position.

Step 1) Get a Lawyer

Here’s where intellectual property theft differs from theft of physically tangible items. When some valuable object is stolen from your home, you call the police. However, if someone steals intellectual property, you need to hire an Incubate IP intellectual property lawyer so you can build a case that clearly shows how your intellectual property was stolen, to the authorities.

Step2) Make a Case

No matter what the intellectual property thief might say to claim that he’s the creator of the work, you have proofs that you were the actual creator. You can work with your lawyer to build a case that discredits the thief. You could include your right drafts of the piece to his end – there’s no way he has those now does he?