Tracking Web Copyright Infringement

Rob Kasunic, principal legal advisor to the US Copyright Office was very generous in giving some time ( to me to discuss how copyright is evolving in the online atmosphere.

Especially in view of the Internet, managing our originally authored content — regardless of its digital medium (code, data, graphics/photos, music, etc.) — can be time-consuming and perhaps an endless battle.

One tool in beta right now aims to assist at least those with web sites in tracking potential infringement. Copyscape (, developed by Indigo Stream Technologies, scours the web for other sites using your content or quoting your web site(s).

The very simple interface requires just a URL to your original content and runs a query. The technical architecture leverages the Google web API’s. Copyscape makers write that while in beta it is optimized for english language use, it should work with other languages.


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