Who Really Gets Hurt
When You Block Right-Click?
Content scrapers are thieves who make us want to hit them where it hurts!
But before you go setting up the electrified barbed wire fence, using anti-right-click plugins, lets double-check that these will (a) be effective and (b) not have unacceptable collateral damage.
Unfortunately, some bloggers are under the misguided notion that disabling right-click functionality actually blocks scrapers from stealing their content.
Plugins such as “Blog Protector” seem to feed the need for reassurance that we are safe… but what are they actually accomplishing?
Impact on Content Thieves
Most scraping tools operate by forcing the feed into full view (even if you posted an excerpt) and then taking the content from there. This is content that the anti-right-click plugin can not protect. Other scrapers do actually make it to your blog, but process the page with all of the scripts blocked, thus giving themselves an easy way around the plugin.
Not only do most scraper bots totally ignore the “block right click” utilities (and do it anyways) but most scrape from the feed which you can’t protect in the first place.
So, those guys we set out to stop… we didn’t even create a speedbump for!
Impact on Real Readers
The real truth is that all right-click-blocking does is annoy your normal reader who has many valid reasons to use right-click functionality.
Most of us take advantage of built in spell checkers (which depend on right click) and blocking this can mean that people will not leave a comment. Some of us also have browser based tools, on the right-click, that make it easier for us to share your content… that you surely don’t want to slap our hands for trying to use, do you?
How To Get Around Right-Click-Blocking On Sites You Frequent
Tired of sites blocking you from right clicking? There are dozens of add-ons, for the different browsers, that let you override their blocking of that function.
I hope by sharing this, that someone will see that the only people they’re actually harming are the people whose lives they should be making as enjoyable as possible.
This is just an example of one for Firefox: http://nc.ddns.us/RightToClick/RightToClick.htm
But What About Those Pesky Thieves?
I understand that content thieves can make us all want to pull our hair out in aggravation!
Here’s some posts that, if you so desire, you can take action against these bad boys:
The Definitive Guide to Blog Content Scraping & How to Stop It! (Probably the best post available currently)
Copyright Infringement – What Should You Do if Your Blog Post is Stolen? (Some really useful and sometimes heartbreaking stories in the comments)
Have you ever encountered a site that had right-click blocked? How did you feel about the user experience?
~ Kim ~
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PS: It’s probably worth noting that I take the opposite approach. I encourage republication of my content (as long as links aren’t broke). I don’t have time to slap down a bajillion spammers but I CAN make sure my content can help the people whose readers really could use it! (Separate from approved republishing, most posts on my site are scraped/stolen anywhere from 5 to 30 times each and have been so for a long time.)