According to a study by U.S. researchers, 1 out of every 3 marriages in the country began online and tens of millions of other people are trying their luck, setting up profiles, searching for matches and hoping o find love.
But while many of the perils of online dating are pretty well known, one of the lesser-discussed issues with online dating is the copyright and plagiarism issues that arise from it.
But what’s interesting about the issue isn’t that it exists, but the perception of it. While there’s a definite stereotype of an online dater ripping off images and prose to make themselves look better to potential mates, what’s less discussed is the other half of the question, namely the person whose work is lifted.
And then comes the more serious and disconcerting issue of who is really doing the the lifting? While sometimes it is a desperate online dating site member, it very often is a commercial interest, including spammers and even the dating sites themselves.
The simple truth is that online dating isn’t just about love, it’s also a big business, one worth an estimate $2 billion per year and growing.
Your profile isn’t just your chance at love, it might be someone else’s chance for profit.Continue Reading