Copyscape helps you identify content taken from your pages by other web sites

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You put a lot of time and effort, to say nothing of blood, sweat, and tears, into creating original material for your web site. It would really stink if somebody else were to lift your content for their own web site. But how would you know whether that has been done?

Copyscape is a free online service that can help you to find content from your site that has been, umm, "borrowed" by another site. It's easy to just enter the URL of a page from your site into Copyscape's search box. Click the button, and it goes hunting for content on the web that looks like the content of the page you just entered. It'll return a list of pages that look a lot like your subject page. The fact that there's a match doesn't necessarily mean that your content has been misappropriated, but now you have a list of pages to look at to see if it looks a little bit too close to what you wrote.

Copyscape requires only a web browser

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2 Responses to “Copyscape helps you identify content taken from your pages by other web sites”

  1. James S says:

    I personally use the website to find duplicated content. To me it has a number of benefits over copyscape:

    1. it’s automated and brings me results instead of me searching for duplicated content. All i had to do was submit my feed and it started monitoring my feed showing me who’s republished my articles on the web.

    2. i get notified by email so it contacts me when it finds copies of my articles online.

    3. i use their image badge feature to alert me directly on my website when my content is being lifted.

    4. it’s a free service as opposed the “per page” cost of copyscape/copysentry.

  2. app says:

    I recently discovered a new free service that is currently in private beta called FairShare.

    It works for any website of yours that has an RSS feed. They give you a personal RSS feed for each of your sites that will notify you when all or part of your content is used on another site, whether they are linking to you or not, and if there are ads present on the page reusing your content.

    You don’t have to add anything to your site to make it work.

    It was intended for people that CC license their work to make sure others are complying with the license requirements. (attribution, non-commercial, etc) If you do have a CC license on your work, they can help spread it too, by adding it to a listing of sites that allow reuse of their content.

    But it also works well for copyrighted, non-CC licensed works too. And they won’t add you to that reuse database if you choose “no license” when adding your feed.

    You will have to apply to be a beta tester and wait for them to notify you. (they finally notified me about a week ago)

    If you have a site that gets copied a lot, and don’t want your inbox stuffed full of notification emails, this might be a better way to go, since it keeps the reports out of your inbox and allows you to access them through an RSS feed, instead.

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