Plagiarism, the unauthorized use of somebody’s work, is a big headache for the content creators. You make a document or website, after many sleepless nights, only to find that the same has been published elsewhere, and that other person is getting more exposure and credit than you.

For instance, my lost post on A beginners guide on how to remove keyloggers was picked by one auto blogger, which runs a decent looking site and was posted here at http://www.techdispenser.com/slots/view/5479 (link removed). Although due credits were there, but what bothered me was the place Google gave to that post in its SERP. My post was indexed by Google within one hour. When I checked on Google (check yourself) after about six hours, I was astonished to find that I was sitting at No. 2 at Google, while my copy was at No. 1 position.

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Most of us already have heard about Creative Commons, which are a way to allow the restricted use of your content, with due credits. What I was knowing is that Creative Commons license can also be used for Offline Microsoft Documents. This facility is provided by an agreement by Creative Commons, Microsoft, and 3Sharp, LLC, an independent solution provider, which provide you an Office addon to enable you to embed a Creative Commons license into a document that you create using the popular applications: Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office PowerPoint, or Microsoft Office Excel.

Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally

Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved." Learn more about various choices among the Creative Commons Licenses here.

However, when I downloaded this addon and tried to test that on my laptop running Windows Vista with MS Office 2007, I got this Window…

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Here I gave up. If you have Windows XP and MS Office 2003, would you like to share your experience ?