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.

9 thoughts on “Text selection

  1. Mion May 27, 2015 / 11:07 pm

    Brian Ladd in particular is a pain in the ass. Whenever I look up a more obscure MP, 3/5 times Brian’s stupid psychic website that looks like it hasn’t been redesigned since 2001 comes up and it’s often one of the top results. I wish there was a way to block specific websites from coming up whenever you Google something.

    • forthelost May 28, 2015 / 12:04 am

      He at least credits her, which these people don’t do. (They did the exact same thing with a few of my case files.)

  2. kathrynmaryr May 28, 2015 / 1:06 am

    You can copy and paste from a smartphone. Might be where some are getting it.

  3. pine@comcast.net May 28, 2015 / 1:07 am

    I wish there was a way to just block Brian, who is the biggest crock out there.

  4. DaBears2011 (@kmob77) May 28, 2015 / 3:35 am

    I completely agree, as if you don’t do this, it becomes a complete copy and paste job. You should get credit for all of the work and info you provide, not for monetary reasons necessarily, but it is your writing here.

  5. Lauren May 28, 2015 / 10:17 am

    How sad that people are doing that. It’s just wrong not to give you credit for what you have written. Unfortunately I can cut and paste from my IPhone though 😦

  6. Peter Henderson Jr. May 28, 2015 / 11:33 am

    I always figured that’s why you did it. The mainstream press even does it on occasion I always try to give you, The Charley Project, the Doe Network, a mainstream media source or individual reporter proper credit, especially if Charley or the Doe Network is the only source for some aspect of a report.

    It’s both polite and a verification that the information has a source.

    The one thing I can no longer do since I when to Goggle chrome is cut and paste anything. Be it Charley or a newspaper, even a single sentence, needs to be transcribed, even if I intend to put it in quotes and identify the source.. It slows me down but I still try to give all the sources proper credit.

    BTW its not like you never cut and paste other reports but you always try to give them credit.

    This, I feel, is the proper way to write a individual report, and give others credit.

  7. T baker May 28, 2015 / 11:19 pm

    I can copy text on an iPad, if that’s info you need to know, I don’t mind either way, you do the work and so I’d always want to acknowledge your site. I have copied a few bits of text and when I do share them, I also share the full link to your site. Is that appropriate credit in your opinion? I want to be sure I’m doing it correctly per your preference.

    • Meaghan May 29, 2015 / 6:50 pm

      You’re fine. I just want my name or the Charley Project’s name mentioned somewhere.

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