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    Non-copyable text

    I find that the original material on my website is often quickly copied verbatim by competitors. Is there a way to code my text to make copying difficult or impossible or does this involve complex Javascript?
    In this context, I came across this page
    http://www.style.com/trends/classic/080605
    where the text starting with "the day dress" cannot be copied?

    Thanks, CMA

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    It's impossible to prevent. The only reason the website text as illustrated in your example is like that is because of Flash.

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    You could turn it into an image that displays, but it wouldn't be availible in text only browsers, or to screen readers (for the blind).

    Also - search engines can't read images, so your content wouldn't be indexed.

    If the text is original and distinct, you can sue them for copyright infringment.
    Last edited by lightnb; 03-13-2007 at 06:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanbutler
    It's impossible to prevent. The only reason the website text as illustrated in your example is like that is because of Flash.
    Its actually an image. Flash text is still able to be copied.

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    If you make the text field non-selectable in Flash, how then, do you make the text selectable for copy/paste?

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    If the text is displayed in the browser as actual text, an image, or another method, it can be copied. Maybe not by the general copy/paste method, but by opening notepad and manually retyping it.

    If content is display in the browser, it can be stolen. Nothing can be done to stop content from being stolen.

    Unless you do somethings that could be perceived as illegal and thrown in jail (i.e. eliminating the user after the content has been viewed).

    If only it was as simple as...
    Code:
    If Content.View = True then
         If View.Timer.Seconds = 60 then 'User has 1 minute to view content
              User.Delete = True 'Eliminate user
         End If
    Else
         User.Delete = False '*sigh* Let user live
    End if
    There is that pesky bug about repeat business...

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    I'm not attempting to digress, but the only way to copy/paste text, images, from a Flash file that I know about is by decompiling the SWF file. Does your general web user know to do that? Probably not.

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    Images and static text yes but dynamic text can be copy and pasted from a flash file.

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