Friday, February 02, 2007

How to Use a Header or Footer to Prevent Plagiarism

Preventing Plagiarism has a great post about the merits of using a header/footer in your posts. I for one intend to add a footer.

2 comments:

Liz D. said...

Thanks for that! I had something scraped a while ago and got no reponse when I contacted the appropriate folks. I'll do that from now on.

BTW- This post is now on FBS three times and counting. You grabbed post #1K, #1K1 AND #1K2. No fair! ;-)

cybele said...

One other suggestion that I got directly from Feedburner when I was being scraped last month is to use their Attribution flare services.

http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/help/flarecatalog

A few that I've enabled are:
Display Copyright
Attribution

If you use Feedburner to republish your feed you can also check their "Uncommon Users" tab in your stats to pick up a lot of these reports.

I'm finding quite a few places use my titles & digests but not the whole post. I know they're using my prolific content to feed their sites, but because it's kind of fair use (and they usually link back), I don't go after them. It's the splogs that use my full content without attribution or links (and possibly claiming copyright) that bug the bejeebers out of me.