Sunday, February 3, 2013

Consternation Over Ability to Copy and Paste

Over at IPWatchdog, Gene Quinn has responded to what he perceives as rampant copyright infringement by his audience "made up of lawyers, lobbyists, inventors, Staffers, artists" by adding some javascript that blocks copy and paste. Luckily I have Safari and Readability, so it doesn't affect me, but I am concerned for the many communities who depend on copy and paste in one way or another for access to information.

Here is the post, translated in its entirety, for use by those who find it easier to read Igpay Atinlay, than the usual jargon-filled legal mumbo-jumbo:

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Thanks to Timothy Lee for the heads-up.
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3 comments:

  1. Pretty easy in Chrome to block JavaScript on a specific site.

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  2. It is possible to write a page which is only displayed if JavaScript is enabled and which won't allow the usual copy and paste. However there are numerous ways around this. One easy method would be to use MS OneNote to take a screen capture and use it's 'Copy text from picture' option.

    Spending time on JavaScript protection of images and text is very much a waste of time. If you don't want people to copy it - don't put it on Internet.

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