FairShare Tool Tracks How Your Work Propagates Through The Web

Feb 16th, 2009 | By | Category: General

Web-wide business content tracking and programming platform company Attributor has announced the private beta version of FairShare. The program is a free service intended to help help bloggers track their content’s usage throughout the Web – and whether that usage complies with your copyright and licensing requirements.

Late last year, Attributor published a report about tracking the propagation of the content you create. According to the study, many, if not most, of the viewings of a website’s content does not happen on their own page or their RSS feed, but on other sites. They suggest that perhaps only half of the views of your content happen on your own site or via your RSS feed – the rest happen on other sites outside your purview or control.

Enter FairShare, which aims to help you “watch how your work spreads and understand how it is used.”

FairShare works with Creative Commons licenses. It tracks down where, outside your website, your content pops up, how much of your post is used, and whether the page is linked or attributed to you, as well as whether there are display ads there.

The FairShare program returns a list of matches that turn up. If the matched content is Creative Commons License, the feed will also check whether the re-published content complies with your CC license. FairShare is free, and works with over a dozen different languages.

Of course, the program only *finds* sites where your content is being used. If another site uses your content without permission or attribution or is otherwise not in compliance with your licensing, FairShare does not have any fancy filtering capabilities to sort egregious examples from the minor ones. Also, you’re on your own to pursue compliance issues with infringing sites.

Tip o’ the hat to the Blog Herald and Plagiarism Today

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One Response to “FairShare Tool Tracks How Your Work Propagates Through The Web”

  1. James S says:

    I personally use the http://www.copygator.com website over fairshare:

    1. it’s automated and brings me results instead of me searching for duplicated content. All i had to do was submit my feed and it started monitoring my feed showing me who’s republished my articles on the web.

    2. i get notified by email so it contacts me when it finds copies of my articles online.

    3. i use their image badge feature to alert me directly on my website when my content is being lifted.

    4. it’s a free service and doesn’t require registration.

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