stopping site content copying

  trigger2 11:54 26 Oct 2004

Does anybody know how to protect and stop people from copying the contents of a web site?
We’ve got a small and fairly basic site but we have put a lot of time and effort in to it’s content and compilation, and we’re more than a bit cheesed off to find some people are copying and using large parts of it for there own sites.
We’re probably being hypocritical because we’ve plagiarised odd bits in the past ourselves (but we’ve always only ever used the content and rewritten it in our own words), and in fact we don’t mind bits and pieces being copied but some people are just taking the p*ss! Copying 80-90% and using it word for word and picture for picture.
Can we do anything about it or have we just got to grow up and except it?

  Anthony-188823 12:25 26 Oct 2004

If you put this script above the </head> tag it will stop people right clicking on your page. This will stop a lot of copying of content but while there’s a will there’s a way – stopping the right click function is not 100% effective.

<script language="JavaScript">

// You can edit message to anything you like!

var message="Sorry, that function is disabled...";

// Don't edit below!

function click(e) {
if (document.all) {
if (event.button == 2) {
return false;
if (document.layers) {
if (e.which == 3) {
return false;
if (document.layers) {
// -->


  vinnyo123 15:01 26 Oct 2004

There are a few Java scripts like the one listed above for the right click function and also for pics.The big but is the view source path which a person can get all codes and words and the print screne function and highlight.I don't think there is a sure way to do this yet but if you apply as many blocks as you can you can stop most average users.I also heard but never tried it yet that you can put a transparent page over pic and possibly words that would stop some copying.I think it not possible to block all your contnet but I guess with all this technology somebody will come up with something.

good luck

PS some nice Java scripts here
click here

also do a google on free Java scripts to find some more usefull scripts

  Taran 19:21 26 Oct 2004

You can encrypt page code or even hide it almost completely, but your computer downloads a copy of every web page you visit to its cache and adjusting this behaviour can lead to unexpected and undesirable results.

Before you start getting all keen on the idea, I'd suggest that you accept the fact that people may pinch text and images and forget about it.

If the text is vital to you, you could protect relevant parts of the site with user authentication so that only those people you want to see it can with a username/password.

Protecting images is all but impossible without watermarking them and the work involved will only deter the casual image thief and not anyone serious and/pr who knows what they are doing.

If, as you say, you have swiped ideas and rewritten them to suit, it seems a bit odd to expect that others won't do the same if it suits them. Not very fair, all things considered, is it ?

There are ways of protecting elements of your site, through code encryption and so on, but if you don't want people to have free access to the contents of your pages, your best bet is not to publish said content to begin with.

If you can explain a bit more about what it is you want to try to protect it may help one of us suggest something.

However, if, as you say, people are using your content "word for word and picture for picture" you have every right to chase this down through legal channels. The process can become lengthy, sometimes it gets a bit costly, but it depends on how far you want to go with it. If your content was original to you when you published the site you have automatic copyright over it and unauthorised reproduction is not permitted under law.

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