How to Disable the “Read more:” When Copy Pasting Content From Websites

For the past few days, I am seeing an annoying link appear next to the text content I copy and paste while writing a blog. Being a blogger, I often copy text like references and quotes because they are to be presented in their original form. However, many popular blogs in the blogosphere have signed up for a service called Tynt which is totally tainting the image of these blogs.

Tynt appends an attribution link to the source at the end of the copied content. This content when pasted, appears as a “Read more:”. This manipulation is done with the help of JavaScript and the #tracer is used to track down the copy content.

Not only is this a huge annoyance, it also scales in behavior depending on the size of the copied text. This polymorphism was baffling me and I could not take it anymore.

The obvious solution of simply deleting the link helps, but I wanted something full proof and automated. Some googling came to my rescue. John Gruber at The Daring Fireball has come up with an excellent method. He has blocked the Tynt server from his hosts file and you should do the same too.

In Windows, go to “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts” and add

In Linux, do the same at /etc/hosts. This will block the Tynt server and will put your clipboard back at you control again. Try if it works by visiting TechCrunch and copy-pasting some content.


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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

  • I wondered what was putting in the extra reference, but the good news is that at last this gets rid of it!

    Thanks for the tip, that was irritating me

  • Hi Chinmoy,

    I just wanted to chime in to say that we respect how users feel about our product and their clipboards. We're upfront about the opt-out feature – it's on our homepage.

    I'd like to correct the assumptions floating around about Tynt. We're not in the business of policing copyright or recording personal identifiable information. Our service is not used to deter copying of content. To the contrary, we are a social media service that lets publishers benefit from the simplest form of sharing: copy/paste.

    We're sorry it seems creepy on the surface. That's not the intent, nor do I believe it to be the reality. Again, for those that don't want their anonymous data collected, they can opt-out – in the same way that you can from ad networks.

    As for whether users leave the attribution link in place, many do. Millions per month. I can understand the opinion that proper "web etiquette" dictates that we should (and are?) linking back already. That's not emblematic of the typical internet user (Did you see Danny Sullivan's piece on how his post was ripped off without attribution?), especially when sharing copied text via email. 70% of sharing happens via email where users are much less inclined to post a backlink.

    Outside of email, the links are also left in place to a dramatic degree. These are SEO-friendly links and some publishers are seeing the results that 1000s of new links/month bring them.

    We're listening and taking note.


    Jim Hirshfield

    VP of Business Development

    Tynt Multimedia