Don’t copy my content: Can you build a business on subverting plagiarism?

Last week twitterverse had activity around India Today lifting pieces from the Slate magazine and republishing. The editor apologized, later. This is not an isolated incident and has become increasingly common as content becomes a currency for generating revenues. This will become more important as the content volume increases and the legal structure gets

Wikipedia Plagiarizetightened. If you know the alleys of “dark-web”, there are scores of sites who do a hedge between adsense / adwords for a 2-3% margin on incoming vs. outgoing clicks. Most of them rely on a mash-up of content sourced through various means.

Every piece of content on the web is written / created by people who take time to research and write about the topic. Not every body wants to monetize, they just want to write.

Plagiarism is not just for the “commercial” web, but it is becoming increasingly common in the academia where students are lifting texts and adding it to their thesis. One such incident was brought to light in India where a professor and his students at IIT-Kanpur lifted pieces from Wikipedia (come on!) and other journals for their research and are now under reprimand.

Catching plagiarism is not easy without tools. There are a handful of  free / paid tools on the web. A few of them are doing great work. But, I think a lot of more can be done and there are large problems to be solved around plagiarism (without going to specifics of the ideas I have). We are looking for entrepreneurs who can build web applications around this problem and build a business on this. If you are geek / scientist / hacker then drop a note and participate in batch 5 of Morpheus.

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  • Adi

    I believe western universities have proprietary systems that can detect plagiarized essays and term papers. I don’t have much details though.

    • How about building an “open” system evbdy can use?

  • copyscape does something like this very well, I guess it is more focussed on media / publisher side of things … taking it to academics- thesis, journals etc should be interesting

  • Ankur

    there’s something called TurnItIn as well but it’s really expensive and mostly meant for academic institutions..

    a tool which automatically tells me who all have copied my content, and sends them a letter with a single click (including screenshots) and keeps a track if content was removed is something I as a blogger or website owner would not mind paying for…i think even hobby bloggers hate it when their content is copied or not attributed properly (in case of creative commons content)..

    but i’m sure there are some better b-model out there…problem is really huge…

    • The use is in multiple verticals. As content becomes important beyond just media — as we can see, the problem is really big.