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Copyright, Plagiarism and Online Dating

Copyright, Plagiarism and Online Dating

Eharmony LogoAccording 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

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 is Spam in 2013?

What is Spam in 2013?

With ten years since the CANSPAM act, we need to reevalue what the word spam means and how it’s changed in the past decade.Continue Reading

Blogger CAPTCHA Cracked

Though it seemed as if Google was starting to make some headway into the spam blog problem on its Blogger service, the spammers seem to have turned the tide by cracking the CAPTCHA system and creating more accounts than ever before. Continue Reading

Picking a Dead Man’s Pocket

If reading this site and enduring the onslaught of content theft, plagiarism and scraping is making you think about packing up and shutting down your site, you might want to think again. These days, even death does not put an end to content theft. It merely opens up new avenues for it. As a recentContinue ReadingContinue Reading

The Most Common Mistake in Plagiarism Fighting

As the issue of plagiarism and content theft draws more and more attention on the web, in particular among bloggers, several Webmasters are posting their experiences with content theft and some intrepid writers are producing their own guides for fighting content theft on the Web. Though the attention to this issue is welcome, many ofContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Scraping Starts from the Very First Post

Rachel Radison is a New Orleans-based mortgage broker. After seeing the difficult home-buying climate in the city following Hurricane Katrina, she decided that she could help would-be buyers with her know how. Radison, having heard about these new Web sites called “blogs” decided to create one herself and obtained a WordPress.com account. However, her ignoranceContinue ReadingContinue Reading