SOURCE: Cloudflare


March 29, 2012 12:09 ET

CloudFlare Provides Free Website Content Protection With ScrapeShield

Free CloudFlare App Helps Publishers Discover, Defend, and Deter Content Scraping

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 29, 2012) - CloudFlare, the web performance and security company, announces the availability of ScrapeShield, a free web content protection system available to any website on CloudFlare's network. ScrapeShield provides bloggers, publishers, and media outlets protection against copyright infringement and content theft.

"ScrapeShield extends CloudFlare security to help protect original content, the lifeblood of publishers," said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare. "We're excited to provide easy-to-use controls to defend how your website content is used, discover where scraped content appears, and help actively deter these attacks."

Website content is at constant risk for being scraped and stolen. Stolen content results in fewer site visitors, lower SEO rankings, and lower revenue. ScrapeShield monitors and prevents content scraping, giving website owners peace of mind and an added layer of content security. ScrapeShield provides controls that let publishers discover, defend, and deter content scraping.


ScrapeShield automatically embeds invisible trackers in content. ScrapeShield users can see from a CloudFlare dashboard where their content has been republished and report unauthorized use with a single click.


CloudFlare incorporates data from ScrapeShield reports into its overall umbrella of protection. Known content scrapers are automatically detected and blocked from accessing protected sites. Site owners can also opt to prevent services like Pinterest from republishing their content without their permission.


ScrapeShield's Maze ties up the resources of content scrapers in meaningless pages, rather than giving them access to real sites. Maze routes known scrapers into traps that tie up their resources, slow down their crawl rates, and keeps them busy scraping garbage so they cannot harm the rest of the web.

"The only way content scrapers can avoid being trapped is to avoid CloudFlare-protected sites entirely," explained Lee Holloway, co-founder and lead engineer at CloudFlare.

"If you're a content publisher, you know people are always scraping your content and publishing it as their own. Finally, there's a way to see who's scraping and where it's being published so you can get it taken down," said Dan Baritchi, founder & CEO of Dan & Jennifer Media, Inc.

CloudFlare offers this new app for free in the CloudFlare app marketplace. Get ScrapeShield now at

About CloudFlare
CloudFlare, Inc. ( / @cloudflare) makes sites twice as fast, protects them from attacks, ensures they are always online, and makes it simple to add web apps with a single click. CloudFlare supercharges websites regardless of size or platform with no need to add hardware, install software, or change a line of code. The CloudFlare community gets stronger as it grows; every new site makes the network smarter. Thanks to our awesome sauce technology, every month more than 450 million people experience a faster, safer, better Internet. CloudFlare is recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, was named the 2011 Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the World's Most Innovative Companies of 2012 by Fast Company. CloudFlare is based in San Francisco, California, USA.

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