Publishers See Way to Track Content

The San Francisco-based company is Attributor, and the NY Times says its software -- which allows publishers to add an "electronic fingerprint" to content -- may help track pirated content. Attributor’s software can automatically send a message to the site’s operators, demanding a link back to the original publisher’s site, a share of revenue from any ads on the page, or a halt to the copying. [...] “There are probably thousands of examples every year where our stuff gets copied without authorization,” a newspaper company executive said. “The ad revenue they get from it might not be much, but if each of those just gives a link back to our original, that could be a significant amount of traffic.” In my opinion this "piracy" (the NY Times never uses this word explicitly) would be less of a problem for publishers if bloggers simply cited their sources via links (as I…continue reading →