« on: April 08, 2013, 01:17:47 AM »
I belong to a couple of article sites and currently, one of the big topics there is that some writers are having their web page content stolen and republished elsewhere. It's a big topic for these people and it's NOT just a line or two or even "content curation". From the comments there and the work that various people have done, there appears to be some kind of software that looks for published content in various popular topics and copies it entirely, republishing an entire page, often along with pictures, quizzes, etc. These people are online writers, depending on their writing for their income and their page views are dropping because of this type of theft. The thief is even using a google adsense account to get income from these stolen articles. Some people on the article sites have asked for software that stops copying but apparently there is nothing available for stopping professional or software copying. The CSS script that stops the "right-click" copy and paste deters the everyday reader but apparently not the software that does this, as it avoids using Java or similar and scrapes the hub directly from the server.
The writers have posted DMCA notices but apparently this thief changes domain names regularly and just pops up again. They have also complained to adsense, to see if the account can be stopped, however, all this takes considerable time away from writing new articles.
I own TBS and IAW (among others) and use them but I use them to get an article structure and find facts and then rewrite my content, using different sources. I don't want to steal someone else's content and pass it off as my own.
I don't know that there is anything that could be done to stop people copying someone's site and passing it off as their own but is there a piece of software (rather like accurank) where you could insert your new article, maybe get a time-stamp on them and that would keep a constant lookout for copyright thieves? If not, can you create a piece of software that does this (or something else helpful) that would help writers keep track of what they had written (or maybe it would take the url to the article, rather than the content). It could also include a DMCA, provide a link to the thieving site and maybe track down any useful information that can be gathered online, such as clickbank IDs, adsense numbers, amazon affiliate numbers etc?
I certainly think from the comments I am reading at the moment that a number of writers would jump at the opportunity to have access to a piece of software that keeps a guardian eye on their sites / articles and alerts them to any illegal copying, together with information on the url, etc. I know people can use "Google author" to claim authorship but a lot of people don't want to give google more info than necessary.
ANYONE ELSE INTERESTED IN THIS?