Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th May 2010 18:40 UTC
Internet & Networking If there's one thing several people are really, really good at, it's ruining the web. The latest attempt is something quite insipid, something that had me scratching my head a few times before I realised what was going on. When copying and pasting text from certain websites, content would be added to your clipboard without you knowing about it - something like "Read more at". John Gruber finds this just as insipid as I do, and investigated a little further - while also coming up with a way to block this nonsense. Seriously - this is right up there with those in-text underline ad things.
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Interesting.
by baryluk on Fri 28th May 2010 21:58 UTC
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2010-01-02

I have not been aware of this copy/pasting tracking. it is very interesting. What is problematic is that tracking is done by single company, instead of by each website on which i'm. They have pretty good privacy police, but still I would more like if site owners will use own servers for this than some external company (with unknown reputation).

On http://www.tynt.com/support/opt-inout/ you can opt-out. It is probably based on cookies.

Acording to FAQ and Tynt's site, not every website which uses Tynt's services adds link at the bottom of the copied text. I think adding "From TechCrunch: " prefix without new lines will be less invading.

As of tracking what is copied by user I understand it can be usefull information, but still if this is done by single external company isn't good. (OK it is good, becuase then it is easier to block all trafic to tynt.com, and they have nice dashboard and statistics panel, and they are free ;) ).

And there are much more annoying things on some pages, like this trying to disable ctrl-c at all.

BTW. I think in Opera by default JS can't detect or modify usage of contect menu after right-click. (This can be changed in settings).

Edited 2010-05-28 22:01 UTC

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