This window comes up when you search for a word or browse a text on the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae website. I haven’t visited the site for a while, so I can’t really tell when this was introduced. I am just wondering if it is technically possible to disallow copying of the text while browsing the TLG. Colleagues have reported that the TLG suspended their access to the site due to suspicious browsing behavior but I have no picture about how the mechanisms work or if they really exist in the first place.
My issue is this: Maybe I am wrong, but the introduction of this pop-up window shows that users do try to copy the texts digitised by the TLG for their own use and that the TLG-Project is trying to secure its rights to the electronic texts it makes available. It would be interesting to know why users try to do this. If it is because they want to use other digital tools that the TLG doesn’t offer, why not let them do so? If it’s a cost-related issue, why not introduce a download fee or something similar? Or do a user survey and try to build the tools users really want. Why not allow users to pass the text to other concordancers available on the net, like the Voyeur tools? There must be a way to combine the sustainability of the TLG-project with the actual needs of the user community… What do you think?