I do so love spending 2 hours on a Saturday chasing round to report a scraper site that is so obviously a waste of time but the ISP and Google have never yet found it.
Worse, it had to be an article from a previous place of writing for which I had mislaid all links, so it's going to be very, very difficult to take down the content.
I don't mind people quoting my work, even in entirety, if it's going to be useful. I had one used as a Yahoo Answer, where an article I wrote on ages of restriction for the sale of alcohol in various countries in the world was copy-pasted complete into the Yahoo Answer site. Guess I did my research right on that one then, not to mention keywords!
Shan't bother rewriting that one, nor the one about mobile phones from 2010 which was spun and plastered all over the place. The incidents which niggle me are those which scrape articles I wrote from personal experiences (travel, usually) which are stuck on websites with no discernible purpose than to irritate people by scraping their copyrighted content.
At least if it's a useful site copying my content I can hop on and leave a sarky comment, as happened with a guy who thought I'd stolen a photograph of his that was all rights reserved and without giving him credit. I was able to prove that I had used my photo, not his, and point out the differences to him.
Next stop when I finish this is to update all the links to all my articles on here so that I have a note of them and can refer to them if needed. Don't really want anyone knobbling my freshly minted content! Don't forget to keep good records too, so that you can challenge scraper sites as needed. Already had some success with Google taking that kind of scraping down, hoping to continue.
To me, plagiarism is as much a theft as a physical removal of items. It's intellectual theft, which is just as hurtful. And when a simple bit of coding would enable a right click ban and produce an error message saying 'Plagiarism is theft and stealing is a sin', that would be so much better.
What's your view?