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Copy protecting websites is difficult, and I believe there is no practical, technical solution.
Dear Leo, I'd like to make some money with my copyrights. What would be the best way to copy protect my texts on my website? I do not think that not copy protecting on my website at all would be the solution and spending my days trying to remove the copies of my text from the internet is not the way I'd like to spend my days. Do you have a solution as to how best copy protect my texts on the internet? Maybe you would know what would be the best software to use or maybe some other solution.
In this excerpt from Answercast #70, I look at the difficulties in protecting copyrighted material online.
Well, I'll put it this way: no, there is no practical, feasible way to copy protect text on the internet. If you can see it, it can be copied.
In other words, pretty much anything you do to your text to make it harder to copy does not make it impossible to copy.
I can copy it! If I can read it on the screen, if I can see it, I can make a copy of it.
So, I'm in the same boat you are. I have thousands of articles on my website and I do make money from the advertising that runs on the site. It does, in fact, harm me when other sites copy my information without my permission.
I have in fact sent out "Takedown notices" to a couple of places when I've discovered that they are in fact, republishing my copyrighted material without my permission.
But ultimately, you'll notice that on Ask Leo!, I've done nothing technical to prevent people from copying my text. Just because I know that futility thereof.
It would give you a false sense of security. If someone was dedicated or really motivated to copy the information off of your site, they're going to figure out a way to do it. God knows, I could!
It's just not that terribly difficult. Copy protecting is.
So my recommendation is ultimately: make it easy for your readers to read your text.
Don't get in your readers' way - and then prioritize your work. You know, send takedown notices to the most egregious offenders. Set up some Google Alerts so that you're notified when something of yours appears out on the internet, but then take it from there.
It's just not the kind of a thing for which I believe there's a practical,
Answercast 70 - Do disposable email addresses really add any security?
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