Is there a way to block the ability to Copy articles on Hubpages? Some websites have this, so that when anyone tries to left-click their mouse to Copy, the process is blocked somehow.
The reason I ask is because I've had to report one website for the second time in little over a week for illegally using some of my articles. Kudos to the domain host, as on the first occasion the offending article was deleted swiftly. Here's hoping they're as quick with my second complaint, made a few minutes ago.
It's not difficult to keep the thieves from copying your work - don't publish.
Other than that, impossible. Various schemes can be used to prevent little susie from copying for her 6th grade class report; preventing a professional thief from skimming your work isn't so simple. No one to date has found a way.
(Go to those sites you mentioned and take a screen shot. Or use the snipping tool in windows. Put it through some reader software and presto! A new document!)
The inverse of that would be to find a way to prevent people from posting copied content on this site. I cannot imagine the number of hours & dollars HP has to invest to put articles through the QAP or to track down and research hubs that are reported as being duplicate content. There's at least one 'writer' here whose profile clearly shows a lack of skills, and who has published several dozen 'hubs' that appear to be taken from textbooks and/or online lectures of college courses in which they're enrolled.
As Wilderness mentioned, the reality is that if content can be read by a browser, then it can be copied. Some sites do disable right click menus, but that mainly just annoys people who want to copy passages for themselves as all but the least sophisticated article thieves know that all you need to do is view the source for a page and you bypass the right click limitation.
This question has been asked several times before. However, even if the right click was disabled, the content can be copied by viewing the 'page source' and copying from there.
Also, most auto-blogs, which copy articles en-masse, tend to automatically import data from the RSS feeds.
Last year I found one of my Hubs copied on various websites. It was so time consuming to report it to the various site owners and Google that afterwards I decided to make a text capsule for mentioning Copyright, and in it I advise the URL of the page itself (Creating a hyperlink back to it) and saying it can be shared using the URL but not copy/paste due to copyright. This was for a lengthy Hub, so I decided to put it right in the middle. It's not ideal, but it solved the problem with that particular page!
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