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    Exclamation At What Point is Content Copied or Stolen?


    What is the % of text used when you can say that someone stole content? What if there are only few sentences in the article over 1K characters?
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    Now seeing the two different sites becomes really important.

    There is no real % figure to use. It's the intent, and without seeing both sites to see the intent, sorry can't help you.

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    Edit: KnowOneSpecial said it better than I did above.

    As a US Supreme Court Justice once wrote, in reference to pornography, "I know it when I see it." If content is stolen, you'll know.

    Here's my impression - if it's off base I hope others will correct me or add more:

    Scrapers and thieves like the ones described in the OP generally take everything. They used automated software that scrapes up content from a webpage and republishes it automatically to a place on their own site. I don't believe these tools are sophisticated enough to rewrite anything, so that would all have to be done by hand - and most of these scraped sites tend to be "churn and burn" types (I believe, could be wrong) that are only meant to piggyback on another person's labors, leap up, make a bit of money, and die a swift and inglorious death. Because scraped sites aren't designed for the long term, they usually aren't worth major investments of time and money by their creators - automated tools are used because they are swift and because they free up the owner to do other things. Rewriting the content would take time and manual effort - and that's all wasted money to a scraper who doesn't expect the site to last that long.

    Originally Posted by femdom
    What if there are only few sentences in the article over 1K characters?
    So in the situation I've described above, I don't see this happening. Probably much more than just a few sentences will be copied. And because of that, this kind of stuff is pretty easy to spot. If you have two pieces of content that are each 500 words and they share two sentences between them - but the rest is totally unique - I think it's more likely that such a thing is just a coincidence than it is theft. Depending on the sentence I suppose.

    I guess if they did steal your content and rewrite it so that it looked original...kind of like a high school student might rewrite a Cliff's Notes book report or something...you'd have to scrutinize it a little more. If you were sure that it was a rewritten copy, I don't know if there's much you could do. Legal action maybe? Report it to Google?

    I don't think there is a hard and fast % number that anyone uses...it's more of a feeling kind of thing, and it's usually pretty obvious. As far as I can tell anyway.

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    What will happen if I use some text coming from wikipedia? Recently,I had such situation. I just wanted to use real facts and data but person who ordered that text considered this a bad thing.
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    Originally Posted by femdom
    What will happen if I use some text coming from wikipedia? Recently,I had such situation.
    If you use content from others, just like I just quoted you, notice it says "Originally Posted by femdom". I am giving you credit for it. I am not saying it is my content.

    You can do the same.. quoting content from other sites is quite the natural thing to do, but give the credit to the original author. Provide a link to them, if you like the content a lot, make it a do follow link, if not, just make it a no follow link. You are still giving credit to the author.

    Am I making sense to you ???

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    • Will-O-The-Wisp agrees : Yeah, as long as you give credit it should be fine. Put it in quotes and all that - like a newspaper would do.
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    Yes, I see. Couldn't place the outgoing link because customer didn't want that. But anyway, thanks
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    I hope you don't mind, but I've moved this discussion to its own thread - I think the topic is unique enough from the original thread. I made a new title for it as well - if you want me to change that I can, just send me a PM.

    Anyway - sorry if I came across as frustrated earlier. I didn't understand the context of your question and reacted too hastily. Is there anything else about why you're asking this question that we should know to help you more - any more context you can give us?

    I am curious, why was the client upset that a small quote from Wikipedia was used? If it was in quotes and Wikipedia was referenced, then that's definitely not stealing. People quote Wikipedia all the time, as long as it's attributed I'd think it would be fine. As you've described it, it sounds a little like your client overreacted. Then again, "the customer is always right," so I guess there's not much one can do in such a situation
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    I guess it was my mistake. I didn't do a quote. It was about some building and I've just copy pasted historical facts. I guess he runs a text through a copyscape and found it. I wasn't aware that this is wrong.
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    If it's not attributed to the original source, then it's wrong yes. If you take, word for word, any content from anywhere it needs to be in quotes and attributed. Sometimes linked to as well, depending on the situation, as KnowOneSpecial mentioned above.
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    OK, I guess we learn something with every new day. But this seemed logical when I think better

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