Tag Archives: Scraping

Pro-Folio: Scraping Art for Art’s Sake

Pro-Folio: Scraping Art for Art’s Sake

Profolio LogoOn January 1st, Sures Kumar, working as part of a Scientific Hoax project at the Royal College of Art in London, launched a site named Pro-Folio.

Described as a “Speculative academic project aimed at intellectual stimulation and debate regarding the fragility of online identities,” what Pro-Folio did was generate fake artist portfolios, all for false identities, using the work of other artists.

Word quickly spread through the art community and many, in particular those who had had their work used by Pro-Folio, were upset about the project and cited copyright infringement as a primary concern.

On January 7th, Kumar shut down the service but kept open the possibility of relaunching it later after tweaks.

But while the artist reaction to Pro-Folio is understandable, the truth is what Pro-Folio did is not unique nor was it the worst offender. What made Pro-Folio stand out was that it was open about its efforts and listed itself as an art project.

Simply put, far more nefarious people have been doing far worse on the Web for far longer.Continue Reading

6 Ways Web Spammers Get Content

6 Ways Web Spammers Get Content

Spammers have an insatiable thirst for content, but here are six of the more common ways they fill their pages, often with your writing.Continue Reading

What Plagiarists Want: Why Your Content Isn’t Safe

What Plagiarists Want: Why Your Content Isn’t Safe

It’s easy to wonder why a plagiarist might want to target your work, but the truth is, plagiarists aren’t targeting anyone at all…Continue Reading

Scrape Defender: The Anti-Scraping Company That Scraped Me

Scrape Defender: The Anti-Scraping Company That Scraped Me

Where does one turn to when the person scraping your content is an anti-scraping company? Continue Reading

The Slow Rise of Whole-Site Scraping

The Slow Rise of Whole-Site Scraping

Site scraping appears to be on the rise again, but this time it’s not just RSS feeds that are in the line of fire, it’s entire websites.Continue Reading

Topify: When Going Mobile Goes Wrong

Topify: When Going Mobile Goes Wrong

Mobile forum app Topify has caused a huge controversy with forum administrators over its practices. What is it doing and what should it change?Continue Reading

FeedPress: An Alternative to FeedBurner

FeedPress: An Alternative to FeedBurner

With FeedBurner rotting in abandonment, a new service hopes to take its place. But is FeedPress worth making the jump to?Continue Reading

3 Count: Berlin Wall

3 Count: Berlin Wall

YouTube blocks German access to many meteorite videos, Israeli court rules RSS scraping legal and Spotify seeks a royalty cut.Continue Reading

Bitacle: Where is it Now?

Bitacle: Where is it Now?

Six years ago, Bitacle was the site on every blogger’s mind. But what came of it and what has its long-term impact been?Continue Reading

Review: ScrapeShield by Cloudflare

Review: ScrapeShield by Cloudflare

Earlier this year, CloudFlare introduces Scrapeshield, a tool to track scraping, but how well does it work? It depends on what you’re trying to do.Continue Reading

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