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HP should disable the ability of copy/paste for our readers

  1. Bendo13 profile image87
    Bendo13posted 4 years ago

    I've gone to many sites where the second you try to highlight text and then right click you get a little error pop up that says, "Sorry this function is disabled"... why do they do that?  To keep people from copying their text (or other content) and pasting it somewhere else as their own...

    I think something like this would be very beneficial for those that have had their content stolen. And think about it, you could have it say... "Sorry, this is Copyrighted Content" and then people would not only be swayed from stealing the content (because it's harder to do) but they will see, plain as day, that the content isn't theirs to use.

    I've even seen sites that allow you to right click, you can even highlight and click "copy" but when you go to paste you soon realize that nothing was copied... so there are many ways to do this and it will minimize the hassle of stolen and duplicate content.

    1. lobobrandon profile image82
      lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hey there Bendo. I already brought this up a couple of times a month or two ago. People were against it for some reason. Some saying it's not possible others saying those are pics and not words hence can't be copied. Others said if people want to really copy they'll go to the source code and grab the content (this is in contradiction to the picture option). I gave them the same reason as you did and the same example as well.

      Then the forum went on and scripts started appearing for people to do it on their blogs but nothing for HP

    2. SimeyC profile image87
      SimeyCposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      If someone wants to steal your content they will do so not matter what protections they put in. Simply reading your article into an iPad copies it - not as easy as copy and paste but just as damaging and effective.

      There are plenty of sites that stop 'copying and pasting' but this is also disables the functionality for people that want to legitimately quote your work.

      When I comment I often pull a few lines or a paragraph from the content and quote it as I comment - if I can't copy and paste then I'm unlikely to comment.

      Also sometimes when I see a particularly great paragraph I'll paste it inot Facebook with a link to the main article (with the permission of the author where I do this) - again I probably won't do this if I cannot copy and paste.

      Rather than trying to tackle copiers from the 'article' side - we need to get Google to do something about it - if a copied article is obvious then it should not be listed on Google...

    3. lobobrandon profile image82
      lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hey there Bendo you see what I say smile All my options are already out here just a few scripts are missing cool

  2. skyfire profile image74
    skyfireposted 4 years ago

    I find it funny those who are against it, they have weird thinking like "Any lock on your door is easy to crack, why lock it at first place eh?". Anyway it's waste to argue here on that point. This will be yet another thread with arguments dumped down or ignored.

    1. lobobrandon profile image82
      lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Haha I like the way you put it smile

  3. Peter Hoggan profile image85
    Peter Hogganposted 4 years ago

    If someone wants to copy your content they will. Disabling the ability to copy and paste wont stop scraper software or anyone peeking at your code and stripping out your content from there.

    Such scripts would make it difficult for people to quote from your content and attribute you properly. This is something I do regularly if i think a page is worth linking too.

    1. Sue Adams profile image92
      Sue Adamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Fair enough

  4. Marketing Merit profile image83
    Marketing Meritposted 4 years ago

    You can normally copy any text by viewing the page source, regardless of any right click disabling script.

    Unfortunately, if someone is really determined to copy your work, then they will. Even if it means typing it out word for word.

    I have had several articles from my websites plagiarised. They are copied, badly spun and then submitted en masse to hundreds of article directory sites.

    It's really upsetting to see your hard work destroyed in this manner but I think, for the moment at least, it is something of an occupational hazard.

    1. WryLilt profile image88
      WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Unfortunately, if someone is really determined to copy your work, then they will. Even if it means typing it out word for word.


  5. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    This has been brought up a few times per year since HubPages first created the forums.  Don't expect any action on this anytime in the foreseeable future.  Admin themselves have pointed out how easy it is to crack copystop measures and it's clear they'd rather put their efforts into other features.

  6. Cheeky Girl profile image85
    Cheeky Girlposted 4 years ago

    Google has this on their ebooks. It's cool. You can't copy or paste a damn thing! It should be part of every website everywhere! I am looking to incorporate it in my own websites and blogs too! Just as long as they still get seen by bots and indexed.

    1. LoriSoard profile image78
      LoriSoardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Cheeky girl, let me know if you figure out how to do this. I'm tired of people stealing my hard work and trying to pass it off as their own.

      1. Pcunix profile image89
        Pcunixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        There is NO way to do it.

        If a web browser can show it to me, I can copy it.  Period.

        Yes, there are ways to make it more difficult.  Those ways would also make it more difficult for you to copy your hubs, and to edit them. 

        But let's say you don't care and HP does something like this.  How long do you think it would be before somebody is offering a way to work around that?   My guess - less than a week.

  7. paxwill profile image81
    paxwillposted 4 years ago

    On HubPages, all you have to do to copy a hub's text is open the source code of the page and get the text from there.  The source code is plain text; you can't run any scripts that block you from right clicking, highlighting, and copying it.