Text selection

A lot of people ask why they can’t copy and paste text from Charley Project casefiles. The short answer is that I added a code to each one that disables text selection. Of course the long answer is why: some people who know who they are — and I am half inclined to name them — kept copying everything I wrote wholesale and putting it on their own sites.

My terms of use say you can do that as long as I get credited. And this is more than generous. I would be within my rights to say no copying, period. But these people never put my name up, and multiple times I confronted them and multiple times they would promise to quit copying me, then a week or a month later it would start all over again. Once I was like, “You ripped So And So’s case details of disappearance off me entirely” and, I kid you not, they went back and hurriedly changed it and wrote me saying “We don’t know what you’re talking about, nothing from Charley is on here.” I had a screenshot that proved otherwise.

So one day I got fed up and added that bit of code, which hasn’t stopped the plagiarism but has made it that much harder. I kind of wish I hadn’t done it now since it’s a pain in the butt. But I don’t regret it enough to spend weeks removing that code from all 9,500 cases.