Implementing CAPTCHA after 50% of Article


We are planning to put large number of Business Research Reports and Articles from our intranet on to the Internet. However, we don't want others to copy the content and host it on their own.

I read about protection by CAPTCHA and was wondering if this is possible. Readers should be able to read 50% of the article for FREE after which a CAPTCHA should be entered to read the rest of the article [In this way we are making life little harder for those copycats]

Any pointers on how to implment this ? The content is in HTML and programming experience in Perl, PHP. Can hire others if required.

Aditionally, search engine will crawl half of the article and wondering if it will penalize the site for not being able to crawl the rest of the article since it won't be able to crack the CAPTCHA ?


Best Solution

There's a really good Captcha service provided by Recaptcha -

There is a PHP class that you can use to do all the hard work.

It's important to bear in mind that search engines aren't able to solve a Captcha and so they will only index the first half of the report. As long as this half contains largely the correct key words, it shouldn't cause a massive problem. Don't make the mistake of "detecting" a search engine and showing them different content to a normal user as the major search engines think that this is spamming.

An alternative solution would be to use a service like Copyscape ( to protect your content.

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