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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

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