Playing Around with Copy/Paste

By Deane Barker on May 28, 2010

Tynt, the Copy/Paste Jerks: An analysis of the trend towards monkeying with copy/paste.

[…when pasting, you get] three blank lines followed by “Read more:”, then the URL from which the text was copied, then an identifying hash code used for tracking purposes.

[…] the behavior changes between different sites. On the New Yorker web site, copying up to seven words from an article works normally — no attribution URL is appended. Copy eight or more words, however, and you get the attribution appendage. On TechCrunch, the attribution appendage again only kicks in for selections of eight or more words. However, on TechCrunch, if the selection consists of only one to three words, when you invoke the Copy command (either by keyboard shortcut or the menu item), you get a popover with search results for the selected text that appears over the contents of the article itself. Madness.



  1. This can be easily defeated by copying to a text editor first – have extensive experience doing so :)

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