Is Disabling Right Click a good idea to solve the problem of theft?

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  1. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 12 years ago

    I am not sure how you do it, but I remember reading somewhere that you can disable right click on your articles to stop them being plagiarised by copy and paste, do you think its a good idea? Or do you believe that 'they' are stealing them in a different way? another thing, maybe if when we publish our hubs, right at the top we should write something along the lines of, 'This article belongs to Nell Rose if it is found anywhere else it has been stolen? we can always get rid of that later when we have sorted it out, what do you think? thanks!

    1. Marisa Wright profile image86
      Marisa Wrightposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      It might stop the odd innocent copying, but it will not stop theft like the recent one.  They use a bot to steal Hubs as they are published. 

      Yes, you can add such a message - though I would put it at the end, not the beginning, so as not to annoy the reader.  And we will never "get it sorted out".  It's impossible to prevent article theft, you just have to be vigilant about fixing it when it happens.

      The recent issue was far from the first time.

      1. lobobrandon profile image88
        lobobrandonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        But, has anything such as this present one happened? Being scraped the second they're published? As long as I'm here its just been a few hubs here and there that have been copied.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image86
          Marisa Wrightposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          You've only been here 6 months.  It's happened several times, and I'm sure it will happen again.

          1. lobobrandon profile image88
            lobobrandonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Yup that's what I meant by "As long as I'm here" smile

    2. Millionaire Tips profile image91
      Millionaire Tipsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Nell Rose, I have seen a couple of disclaimers like that, but it isn't clear where "here" is.  If you do something like this, be sure to mention the subdomain, 

      Something like: "This article belongs to Nell Rose and was originally published at  If it is found anywhere else it has been stolen."

  2. Michael Willis profile image68
    Michael Willisposted 12 years ago

    There are other ways people could still steal your images and page, but the diabling of the right click would stop some. Anything to help would be beneficial.

  3. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 12 years ago

    Thanks Michael.

  4. sunforged profile image70
    sunforgedposted 12 years ago

    @lobobrandon - … s%2Bstolen

    This type of thing happens quite frequently, HP is a very high profile site, so its a bit more of a target than some others. Its usually done via software or automation - and although it should be fought, most who create nothing but copied sites wont see much or any light in the search engines.


    Its basically pointless to disable right click - I find it very annoying myself - I highlight terms and right click to "search in google" very frequently.

    Right click disable is done via javascript - most people "advanced" enough to plan out content theft - can very easily get around that - its a one click operation in any modern browser.

    Large scale theft is done via bots and software, they dont visit the page in a way where right click is necessary.

    Perhaps you would foil the occasional ignorant thief, a new user who didn't know any better - but the annoyance to legit visitors probably outweighs that small chance

  5. samdackson profile image59
    samdacksonposted 12 years ago

    Thanks for sharing

  6. CWanamaker profile image93
    CWanamakerposted 12 years ago

    No this would not prevent anything.  Keyboard shortcuts (such as crtl+C) will still be available for someone to use to copy text.  The print screen button can be used to easily copy images as well.

  7. quotations profile image87
    quotationsposted 12 years ago

    Disabling the right click function makes it harder for someone to simply save an image to their hard drive, but there are many ways around it. For example, a program like SnagIt lets you take snap shots of all or part of the website, including single images, and then edit them.


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