Have you ever wanted to have a copy of your favorite blog to read offline?
WebCopier, a program that downloads entire Websites to your computer, certainly hopes so. The software will save an entire dot com to a hard drive, allowing you to view and print the contents at any time.
Should bloggers be worried about such a program? I mean, this seems to make it awfully easy for someone to grab years worth of valuable posts and do whatever they want with them. Sure, a content crook can sit there and copy and paste (or print) every blog entry; where there’s a will there’s a way. But at least those methods might discourage people because of their time-consuming nature.
On the flip side, Webcopier can be a useful tool for bloggers. The software can backup all of your posts or let you (or someone without Internet access) examine your Website for broken links, typos, etc.
WebCopier for Linux is free for personal use. Windows/Mac users can expect to pay $30.
So are programs like WebCopier good or bad for bloggers? Or, do they have no impact?