To make myself more clear, there are some websites that can block readers from copying and pasting entire passages of text or photos. I know this will not stop all the article theft from plagiarism, but it may thwart some because they’re too lazy to spend the time to copy by hand. They’re more likely to move on to an easier site just like ours ... just an idea since there is such a huge influx of this type of activity.
Anyone else have something to add or feedback on this idea?
That's a great idea. Chasing down websites that steal my article consumes way too much of my time.
I think it's a great idea, too. Especially since we're now on the Maven platform, which has more professional sub-sites, such as Sports Illustrated.
With so much information available on the Internet in our current times, it would behoove the site owners to implement software that thwarts plagiarists from violating the rights of the original authors and diminishing value of the site and subsites.
Excellent idea, Ziyena!
That is a great suggestion. I do think HP and Maven need to do more to stop these bottom feeders from stealing our work, especially since it hurts their bottom line when they don't. I go after each bottom feeder when I notice they steal my work, and I am usually successful in getting them to remove it, especially since I started to fine them.
I agree with you, Ziyena. Plagiarism is a crime, period. I am usually successful in having my stolen work taken down, but I wish HP would do more to address this problem.
That is a good idea. I hope it will be implemented here.
ziyena, I not only like the idea, but welcome it. Very excellent and suggestive. I think also that a type of water-mark should be placed on all our publish articles on both the main site and niche sites.
I wish that would happen too. I just spent an hour chasing down and reporting someone on Facebook who has stolen my best performing article. She even had the bloody cheek to say at the end "It took me a long time to put all this information together, guys."
It's gone now.
Edit: Facebook are still going back and forth... they keep asking me which photo or video I am complaining about. They don't seem to understand the concept of an 'article'.
Wow. I'm sorry to hear that. You're making me think I'd better start checking mine. Do you have any tips on how to go about that?
Yes, it's easy but soul-destroying.
Copy a short section of the article, paste it into Google. Check the results.
But don't stop there. Copy another section and do it again. I usually check three or more times.
There are some you can't do anything about, esp if they are Chinese or Russia sites. Some people paste it in the middle of gobbledegook for some unknown reason. Those pages can't hurt yours.
Then you find the webhost of the infringing site by going to whois.net. Then submit a DMCA, either on their own abuse form or by email. If you need help with that, come back to the forum and ask.
As a last resort, if you can't get it taken down, you can file a notice to Google to have it removed from search results.
Nice hubbers try to contact the site owner first, but I'm way past that now
That's because "the computer says no" and can't find the text or images Sometimes the people who process these reports don't seem to have the cop on to compare both articles and find matching content manually.
I'm wondering if this is wishful thinking. Having worked in corporate with knowledge of the cost of implementing new features can get quite expensive. But, if in the long run it saves HP and its writers from headaches, losing time, money, and manpower. Then, why not? On occasion, I build websites for businesses and this is a practical feature.
I hope this might be a consideration.
I know how to get past copy-paste blockers in 30 seconds, so I imagine actual scammers do it even quicker. And the blocker is an impediment to page-readers and translators that many users depend on. It's a waste of resources and a bad look for any hubs where people are trying to speak about the internet or tech with authority.
It might help to some extent but not a solution. These copycats should be punished by disabling their copied content in internet. I think Google is already on that job once it gets a complaint.
Well. The idea is out there. Perhaps there's something that can be done. Not necessarily my suggestion, but something else to help better the situation. It's obvious by the feedback that there's a concern, and it's been passed on to the powers that be
You all have a wonderful day
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