How to include source URL in copied text?

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  1. Fergal

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    When I copy and paste text from the time.com site, it automatically copies a link to the page, the text was copied from. E.g. when I select, copy & paste "I did not go to meet Tony Robbins...." from the start of this article it looks like this;

    The website somehow manages to add the "Read more" and the link, to the text I copy.

    Anyone know how they do that?
     
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    From what I can see, you need a javascript code installed to have that feature.
    I might just found out the solution via this site.

    I'll try to search for more...
     
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    On that page, it's a tool called Tynt being used. I've come across various other tools that do similar/the same, but never used one enough to give a personal recommendation.

    (As an FYI, it's very easy to disable most of these protection measures. To find which tool Time were using I simply scanned through what scripts were disabled by 'no script' on firefox, as I could copy and paste with no URL, and spotted a name that sounded familiar)
     
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    Thanks for the replies. It was the first time I came across that on a site and I was very impressed by it. It would be a good way to help a site build backlinks and perhaps help prevent people stealing their content.

    I'm wondering if it might be a helpful addition to BAF?
     
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    You've already pointed out the positives, so you've basically answered your own question to an extent.

    The only real 'negatives' (for want of a better word) are a slight increase in page load (approx 12k for the Tynt example), the time required for you to install it in the backend and (potentially) a minor tweak to your privacy policy (as most of these tools contain an element of tracking - I've not gone through the privacy statement here on BAF since I first signed up so perhaps it's already covered there in a 'catch all').

    Users can manually remove the 'tags' or (again, in the case of tynt) choose to 'opt out', so no real negatives from a users point of view. It's not a big 'security' step, given how easy it is to disable a script of this nature (I had it disabled by default), but if it results in a few extra backlinks it does seem worth the effort.
     
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    In addition to what Paul had said, those who copied these articles from any site that have it can easily remove that link with the use of the "backspace". :p
     
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    Most of the time site owners make such a text based pages which are not to be copied & if someone does so, they are been cached & can be easily found by scripts by the programming methods.

    Regards
    Rocky
     
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