I have talked about how to check if your blog content is being copied, how to report breaches and how to avoid breaching copyright yourself. Today I will show you ways that you can protect your blog content from being copied.
Ways To Protect Your Blog Post Content
Disable Right Click and Keyboard Shortcuts
There are WordPress Plugins that allow you to disable right clicking to prevent copying and pasting. I am not a fan of these as, while researching, I often copy linked titles or a sentence or two of text to remind me refer to the post again. I also make extensive use of tabs and you are unable to right-click and choose to open a link in new tab.
There are easy ways to get round this, so it will not prevent those determined to copy your posts.
I supplemented my web building learning by using website downloaders so that I could look at the code. I still use a Firefox plugin called Scrapbook to download web pages to keep a record of design and coding ideas or for information that does not copy and paste well.
Keep in mind that if people do copy your post titles with url you will get a back link or mention when someone refers to your post. As long as the copy location is of quality content then that is a good thing.
If you wish to go down this path here are plugins you can use:
This plugin allows you to disable the right-click with the option to use or not use an informational pop up. There is supposedly no adverse effect on SEO by using this plugin.
Attribution if your Content is Copied
If your content is still being copied then at least make sure there is a link back to your post or site. These backlinks will not gain you much in terms of search engine optimization, because of the value of site they are coming from, but at least you may get some new visitors.
Adding Links And Text To Copied Content
Using this method, if someone copies using right clicks or keyboard shortcuts, useful information, such as your post url, is added when the copied text is pasted.
This is an excellent method if someone is going to copy and paste for ethical reasons; for reference, research or to include a backlink, quote, or mention of your post. You can use this as a method of branding or directing copiers to other places you wish them to visit.
This plugin appends “Read More” and your post or site url, to any content that is copied and pasted. You can optionally include your blog name and change the Read More text.
I am using this plugin on this blog. Below is an example of what is pasted when someone copies the title from my last blog post:
Tynt is a site that provides you with code to add to your blog’s head code. When content is copied and pasted into emails or social sites your blog your page url is included. Free registration is required and code is provided for WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Joomla and static websites.
Add Links To Your RSS Feed
Scraping RSS feeds is a popular way to steal content but you can add links to your feed that will lead readers of the copied content back to you.
This Plugin allows you to add code to your RSS feed to display your blog link. It defaults to “The post POSTNAME appeared first on BLOGNAME as shown below. You can also add links to your author page and your blog description.
If you serve your feeds via Feedburner rather than the default WordPress Feed you can also add links to your social network pages. I have used Feedburner for a long time but in view of the closure of Google Reader I wonder if this too will suffer the same fate.
Copyrighting your Content
Although copyrighting will not deter the determined plagiarists, it will make it easier to understand that you do not want others to use your content. Fair use provisions still come into play here and if correct linking and attribution is given to a copied title or short quote of text it may be hard to prove copyright violation.
Add a copyright notice to your blog footer
Add a Badge
Add a copyright notice to your posts
I think this option is a severe measure and one to be taken if copied content is a major problem for you. Here is a plugin if you feel the need for it. Copyright Proof WordPress Plugin
Protecting Your Images
You may just wish to protect your images and not your whole content. Images are widely copied by others, especially if they are indexed by Google Images and more recently, pinned on Pinterest.
There are various methods and resources for protecting your images and I will cover these in another post.
This post is in a series about copyright.