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Friday, June 10, 2005

Blog Hack - Protect Your Words

It seems a lot of people have not been reading the following post carefully. I clearly state, that this hack can "deter" people from borrowing content, not protect against them. Also I state that there is at least one loophole. If you read the comments, I have updated the information to cover many of the other items that people have been commenting on. Yes, the only true protection is a genuine copyright, not just putting Copyright at the bottom of your page, but having your documents legally copyrighted.

I have been asked several times now how I have protected my blog against the infamous "right click". I should first point out that I got this information from Carolvs' blog, so he should get the credit for finding this. I actually worry about putting some items on my blog without a proper copyright.

This hack can deter would-be plagiarizers from stealing content from your blog and trying to pass it off as their own. However it should be noted that there are loopholes to this bit of security. If you would like help, just let me know.


Blogger cedia said...


7:04 PM

Blogger cedia said...

But then I can do the Cntrl + A to select everything and then copy.. hmm... was that the loophole??

7:05 PM

Blogger Barbara said...

I have that on my kids site so people can't copy their pictures but I don't have it on my personal site because quite frankly, I have nothing interesting to say.

8:17 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Yes Cedia, that is it.

Barbara, you make me laugh.

9:17 PM

Blogger transience said...

can you customize the way the warning message looks?

11:19 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Transience, yes you can. Find the part of the code that looks like this:
var popup="Sorry, right-click is disabled.\n\nThis Site Copyright ©2000";

Enter the message you want to appear between the quotation marks(" ").

Best of luck!

12:12 AM

Blogger Neel said...

Cedia, there is a way to protect against that as well. I will post it a little later, in the meantime see if you can copy anything off my blog now.

12:33 AM

Blogger Carrie said...

wicked..thanks Neel, although I think I'm far too boring for people to want to copy from me and most of the pics I post are stolen jpegs from google anyway....so, ya know. I will do it though, soon as me gets some time. cheers. M

7:39 AM

Blogger venus said...

thanks neel for the info!

8:37 AM

Blogger gusgreeper said...

hmmmm gonna have to look into this cause i totally worry about thieves and assholes.

10:30 AM

Blogger Neel said...

Mitzzee- sounds like you dont really need to worry.

Venus - you are very welcome.

Spock - theives and assholes, isnt that a song? or could it be cowboys and angels?

11:43 AM

Blogger boabhan sith said...

Wow, you're getting a lot of comments now!

11:48 AM

Blogger Sarah said...

you can't highlight and right click, but you can still print the page.. not that i've done that. i have no reason to.. well, ok, i did it to RuKsak, but it was with his permission, i wanted my mom to read his stuff and she doesn't have access. we were totally copasetic on the deal. i put a copyscape banner on my site, but that's just a tool to use to check to see if anyone has done it, not to prevent it.

i'm rambling.. tired.. foolish.. and a bit bitchy right now. so i'll stop. =)

1:27 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

it's because he's a hottie boabhan. he's a hottie AND he cooks. a dangerous combo..

1:28 PM

Blogger gusgreeper said...

i love george michael.

2:36 PM

Blogger cedia said...

LOL. Okay.. I'll see if I can Control A.

3:47 PM

Blogger cedia said...


Okay.. now the bug is fixed.. you'll have to send me the code.

Thank you, in advance.

3:48 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Boabhan, yeah it just all of a sudden started and I am greatful to all the new readers.

Ms. Laughs, thanks for all your info, and you are ablsolutely right. There are many ways around any sort of protection, none are completely fool proof. This is a public site, so you can print from it (although there is way to disable print) you could copy down what you wanted with pen and paper etc.

Yeah, George Michael is a brilliant songwriter and producer however, he doesnt have good judgement when it comes to public toilets.

Cedia, yes in IE it is protected but it can still be copied in other browsers.

4:23 PM

Blogger Neel said...

It is important that anyone using this realizes that it is not totally safe. Zulema at: http://blog.zoblue.com/ pointed out that the script does not interfere with Mozillas browser. Also, you can disable java script (the language the code is written in) in Internet Explorer. The point is nothing is fool proof.

Thanks Zulema.

4:31 PM

Blogger Arch Storm said...

Hmm...good idea...
but i just blog for fun..and i have seen some of my posts appear on other peoples blogs without due credits...but then again i am not gonna sue some kid who posted from my blog just to get a few extra hits:)

5:44 PM

Blogger exile said...

i always hope that people will copy my stuff to their blog and quote me. thus the plauge of exile spreads.

5:59 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Arch Storm, welcome nice to have you here.

Exile, though we all want the plague of exile to spread, some of the people that blog post their poems or other sellable material, they run the risk of plagiarism.

This post may be getting taken a bit out of context. As previously stated by some of the astute readers of this blog, there are ways around this simple yet flawed bit of security.

Many people add a copyright at the bottom of the page, but unless you have registered your copyright you could have a great deal of difficutly proving that the items in question were yours.

Thanks all for such great posts and stimulating discussion.

6:18 PM

Blogger Carrie said...

I think it is actually really helpful to have. thanks.

6:26 PM

Blogger Robin said...

Thanks for the info. I've often wondered how to protect my site from theft.

You have a enjoyable blog. I'm sure I'll be back. :)

6:30 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Mitzzee - you're just being sweet cause we're having a secret affair.

Robin, thanks for visiting I am always welcoming new readers.

6:39 PM

Blogger cedia said...

Neel, did you just say stimulating???

8:17 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Yes Cedia, I did. Are you bored?

8:34 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Oh is it more sexy talk you need Cedia? Forgive me, I'm a bit slow.

8:35 PM

Blogger cedia said...

LOL. You just killed it.

9:10 PM

Blogger Neel said...

well, it wouldn't be the first time. come here, i'll stimulate you.

10:55 PM

Blogger Watchmania said...

I've been on various sites with a right-click disable, but Windows still gives me a save option in the form of a little toolbar that appears on my screen in the top left corner of any image. This seems impervious to any disabling facility. On several occasions I've downloaded images this way (just to use as desktop backgrounds, not for nefarious purposes).

11:25 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Ah Miss Jones, how wonderful to have you back on here. You are apparently using Windows XP. The toolbar you are speaking of is a utility built into the operating system, and you seem to have put it to good use.

12:13 AM

Blogger Karen said...

It sounds a good idea for my kids stuff - I on the other hand am pretty uncool so I can't see anyone wanted anything I say or post - This is something i will mention to my local school and pre-school as i'm sure their web sites are at risk.

1:57 AM

Blogger transience said...

wait, neel. you're having a secret affair with mitzzee?! i thought you were having one with me? or was that with my snowflake, sarah? ack. you are a haertbreaker.

2:14 AM

Blogger robi said...

All the methods described are very easy to get around. THere is no way to protect your content using HTML or Javascript. For example all you have to do is use a browser with javascript turned off to defeat these hacks. If you really want to protect your content then look to secure PDF or related tech. But if you really want to protect your content you should not blog :-)

5:44 AM

Blogger Carrie said...

transience, it's so secret I wasn't even aware of it...until now.....i kid...Neel is the 'man'...and me likey secret affairs! ;)

6:47 AM

Blogger lené said...

Thanks for the information.

6:58 AM

Blogger Neel said...

I am just tired of trying to explain that this friggin thing is terribly flawed, and rather exhausted from explanations. Don't use it if you don't want to, its that simple. It will not protect you from someone who knows how to get around it!

11:56 AM

Blogger Neel said...

Everyone, please read my Update on this post.

Karen, thanks for visiting my blog.

11:57 AM

Blogger Neel said...

Transience, ours (yours and mine) is a top secret affair. Maybe we should just follow Cedia's example and have a big orgy.

12:00 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Robi, thanks for your input.

Mitzzee, I thought you suggested it?

Lene, thanks for visiting.

12:02 PM

Blogger Carrie said...

I did? Oh that's right, I did! ;)

3:27 PM

Blogger cedia said...

LOL. Neel.. do you need a smoke... afterwards....???

and this is a remark about sex

4:01 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Yes, you did Mitzzee!

Cedia, I smoke on my own, i dont need anything to help me.

4:15 PM

Blogger Sk8RN said...

Cool. Thanks. I figured it out. Though I already found a loop hole. I won't publish it here. But perhaps I'll email it to you.

5:26 PM

Blogger Sk8RN said...

I didn't read the comments until after I posted. Wait, wait, wait. Can I join in on this orgy?

5:29 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Sk8Rn, Of course you can darling.

6:17 PM

Blogger Neel said...

oh yeah, could you email that to me please, thanks. N

6:23 PM

Blogger transience said...

orgies are hot.

7:17 PM

Blogger Lorena said...

wow, it's getting hot in here ;) one never knows what to expect when you visit neel, huh!

9:52 PM

Blogger Sush said...

Thats a very good piece of info you have provided..gonna check out that site..thnx.:)

10:27 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Yeah, the heat is starting to rise. Are you in Lorena?

Susmita, thank you, but make sure to read through it again carefully. I love your little kitty!

11:27 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Things seem to be heating up on here. I thought I would ask you what you would like to hear about before I write the next post. I know a couple of you would like something naughty, wouldn't you?

12:30 AM

Blogger meetu said...

hey Neel ,

you must be wondering why you wrote that stuff ;)

4:02 AM

Blogger Carrie said...

so an orgie with transience, lorena n mitzzee...hmmmm...that's hot...! Neel sen you've got a blog-harem

8:54 AM

Blogger DeeM said...

Just wanted to add my own thank you. so, er, thank you. :)

8:59 AM

Blogger Lorena said...

mitzee you must not forget sk8rn. in all fairness she joined before i did ;) hehe!!

9:45 AM

Blogger Neel said...

And we cant forget my friend Cedia, she has been great influence.

10:24 AM

Blogger Neel said...

Deem, nice to have you back, where have you been?

10:25 AM

Blogger DeeM said...

Waiting for you to use the word naughty.

11:13 AM

Blogger Neel said...

naughty, naughty, naughty!

11:28 AM

Blogger gulnaz said...

lol, this orgy is getting outta hand lol

11:50 AM

Blogger DeeM said...

Don't make me come over there.

12:02 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Gulnaz, you are right, it is!

Deem, come on over!

10:32 PM

Blogger Pink Lemonade Diva said...

Hi there Neel, thanks for the visit to my site. This information alone was worth my curiousity trip here, but I enjoyed the rest of my time poking around as well!

I use Creative Commons License, but maybe it's just not enough

4:57 AM

Blogger Neel said...

Hi Diva, thanks for dropping by. My friend Cedia uses that also, I am not sure how good it is, but the point is if you are worried about someone stealing from you, you are best advised not to put the item on your blog.

12:53 PM

Blogger Ro said...

As far as I know, copyright law in the US states that once an item is written (or drawn, composed, etc) in a finite space of time, it is your copyright. Also, I've heard that if you write something, print it and mail it to yourself via certified mail, it can be considered copywritten. Of course, this does not do anything to the dorks that right-click and copy your things.

7:28 AM

Blogger Neel said...

Ro, thanks for visiting. Actually, it doesnt work quite like that. How do you prove in court that you wrote what you did during that "finite" amount of time, if someone else is saying they wrote it in the same time or perhaps before. The only legal copyright is an actual copyright.

As far as mailing it to yourself, that is what used to be called "A poor man's copyright." It will hold up in court unless someone else has filed and recieved a Fedral Copyright for the same piece.

11:01 AM

Blogger Natasha said...

wow dude you gots a lots a comments!

11:39 PM

Blogger Natasha said...

seriously though, you have a lot of good info on here!

11:40 PM

Blogger Neel said...

Thanks Natasha!

4:34 PM


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