Do some article writers have secret agendas, and will content theft ever end?

Advice for aspiring writers by Ian McEwan's

What secret agendas lie behind computer screens

To answer this peculiar question up above to be exact it may take some deep insight, but as for me my only secret agenda is to reach the top of the web, and simply by writing the best articles I can.

Anyone can do web research on the web, and on any topic of interest, the problem comes when certain so-called writers on networks join somewhere, and pretend to be a writer, and instead they decide to become more of a article thief, which can seriously damage the livelihood of the original writers articles that was previously published onto the web.

This has occurred many times to hubpages writers here, and puts a real hurting on our web stats tremendously, and so there's ways to handle such a grand heist of sorts that has occurred. Contacting Google to report a DMCA will get the ball rolling to stop these online criminals for the most part, but only if you've detected their wicked act in motion on some web location they've chosen to harvest, and crop their malicious activities at.

What you will be seeing below is something that has occurred to one of our beloved writers on hubpages, and I'm providing this info because I'm pissed myself to have recently learned that someone had the nerve to copy one of her hubs.

This criminal actually went to the furthest extent to try and ruin the reputation of one of Yahoo's writers network locations, by placing a copy written article from hubpages onto their pages there. Wow! how bold can you be on the web today. Yikes!

The article on Yahoo where content was used from hubpages

There will be no link to this page, it is the infringing web location, that some fradulent user on Yahoo Shine's network has out right copied onto.
There will be no link to this page, it is the infringing web location, that some fradulent user on Yahoo Shine's network has out right copied onto. | Source

This is the original article that was published by Sharyn's Slant

This is the verifiable official original, by one of our hubpages authors
This is the verifiable official original, by one of our hubpages authors | Source
By MikeBlogs
By MikeBlogs | Source

Content Theft Poll

Have you ever been victimized by a content theif before?

See results without voting

Copyright infringement is bad

This person decided to extract all of her hubs content, accept for the parts that displayed the images she selected, and where her hubpages profile information identifies that the article was in fact written and published by her.

This screen shot is proof that some article writers, may not be writers at all, and they're portraying themselves to be true in a false identity, which brings to light this whole secret agenda role being played all across the web today.

Not a single writers platform is safe anymore, because if Yahoo's network cannot protect itself from such fraudulent, and unrighteous web activities you know the problem is everywhere.

Hubpages though has ramped up its online security systems, and rids itself of such abuse, so copying content from elsewhere is not only a direct violation of the hubpages code of ethical behaviors here, its grounds for immediate ejection from the writing program here for any hubber, and the system will instantly detect any false characters trying to manipulate it, and I mean immediately.

I just wish this type of website self defensive technology for detecting copy written material was on each and every writers network & website out here on the web, because this is a shame what has happened to one of our fellow hubbers, and its happened as well to countless others time and time again. Google does partake in performing domain take downs though, once a network has been proven to have in fact infringed on the copyrights of the original owners of such digital web content.

Now in the case of Yahoo Shine, I believe its not a network issue, its a fraudulent user issue, and shall be taken care of soon by Yahoo's administrators if in fact they have any. So, we will see how things will take effect, and eventually pan out in this most recent infringement case against Sharyn's Slant. As for now, July 25th 2012, nothing has been done other then a DMCA report being filled to Google, and I learned of all of this info on a Facebook post by Sharon and many of our hubpages friends, so be on the look out for anything suspicious. Its getting really crazy on the web today, so just stay in tuned with anything and everything you can to help your fellow hubbers if you can.


This is the copied article zoomed in a bit

Whats highlighted in purple appears to be the only thing they've added which is simple subtitles, and also the images are all different, but that doesn't mean the copyright issue doesn't exist. This person committed a digital crime here for sure
Whats highlighted in purple appears to be the only thing they've added which is simple subtitles, and also the images are all different, but that doesn't mean the copyright issue doesn't exist. This person committed a digital crime here for sure

The original article from the hubpages network here

Sharon, we all are with you on this issue, and I hope they catch that criminal lurking on Yahoo today, and maybe even on hubpages as well as many other writers networks. "Whomever you are shame on you"
Sharon, we all are with you on this issue, and I hope they catch that criminal lurking on Yahoo today, and maybe even on hubpages as well as many other writers networks. "Whomever you are shame on you"

Copyrights are no game folks

By Horia Varlan
By Horia Varlan | Source

No network is safe it seems

Yahoo has a location and network of writers for many of its all elusive categories and fields of grandeur, such as Yahoo Shine. There are so many companies out here competing for the top writers, but who really are these folks they employ to write for them, and where do they originate from. Well, none of that matters really, what matters more is what are their agenda's.

So even a place like Yahoo isn't a safe haven today for article thieves have even infested such a place on the web, and I provided all the proof in images up above as to where this has occurred.

To tell you the truth, not everyone who sits behind a computer screen is actually who they say they are prior to joining such networks, and I will get into this issue much more later, but what this hub will point out is how I ventured off onto yahoo one day just web surfing randomly for no special reason and landed by mistake onto a cool report that was there which detailed a cool highlight that caught my eye.


This is the DMCA Chilling Effects take down info page

Since Yahoo is a totally different network and entity of its own from Google, it may need to be taken down by Yahoo's staff itself, lets hope this happens swiftly for Sharon's sake
Since Yahoo is a totally different network and entity of its own from Google, it may need to be taken down by Yahoo's staff itself, lets hope this happens swiftly for Sharon's sake | Source

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jolinabetts 4 years ago from The Philippine Islands

Thank you Cloud Explorer for bringing this up, it gives me chills to my spine and the nerve for people to steal content from our fellow hubbers.

I wish there could be some way for the articles not to be copied and pasted or something, i hope there is some way we can black list or inform their editors that their articles has infringe the rights of hubbers.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

I felt violated when I first joined Hub Pages and another hubber said one of my very first poems was stolen and placed on another writing site, which another hubber had shutdown, as many had some of their hubs stolen!!! That's when I started putting a copyright on most of my hubs, but I really would have never known unless the other hubber told me of such. It is so wrong and violates that person to steal their very thoughts and words. Insightful hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @jolinabetts for the support here & for Sharon.

I truly hate this content theft thing so much, and I'm determined to do what I can to help everyone put an end to it all, but we all no that us humans will always find way to cheat, but I believe the web has gotten a little better recently with Google stepping thing up a bit.

Lets hope that the thieves get caught each and every time, that would be cool for sure.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you @Faith Reaper for the support on this as well, all hubbers need to ban together to take action to stop this sort of piracy, and help one another when it happens you know. It's just a shame that things couldn't be more fair, and systems can't be a self defensive as hubpages is today.

I know that Facebook and other social networks like Google Plus have cool online security measures in place to help us all detect and secure things, but many others should be required to have such defensive elements in place on their networks, and especially a large network like Yahoo.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is useful and interesting, thank you for sharing this.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hello @Curiad, no problem and thanks for supporting my efforts here to help people see what has occurred to Sharyn's Slant.


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tjdavis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

I know there are people out there who would steal someone else's work and it's a shame that people are too lazy to do their own work. It takes me long hours of research and work to get my hubs ready for production..the thought that someone else would just waltz in and steal it makes my blood boil. Does placing the copyright on your pages really help protect your hubs?


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hi @tjdavis, the trademark image, is just an image I used to convey the message of my hub. Thanks for reading and sharing this very important hub for one of my friends I wrote here, that was sp cool of you to do.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub for us hubbers. I couldn't believe the poem that was stolen, in my view it was worth stealing.

Voted up and interesting, Joyce.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Great article here Mike. Thank you for all the effort you put into this. My stolen hub is still there and I have not heard anything back yet. I filed the DMCA with Google, I emailed Yahoo directly and also tried to contact Nancy Rones, the person whose name is on the stolen work.

I have had work stolen before as I know many other HP friends have too. What shocked me about this was that it was on Yahoo Shine. A site that I like and subscribe too. Normally we find stolen work on some crap website that we have never heard of before and never will again once it is shut down. This is different and extremely bothersome.

This Nancy Rones person seems to be an "author" that you can easily find on LinkedIn, etc. I have wondered if it is her or someone else posing as her? In addition, when you do a search on HubPages for Nancy Rones, you don't come up with anything but you do come up with a "nancyron" on HP who joined 22 months ago, has never written an article, and has absolutely NO hubtivity. I find that strange.

Mike, thank you for watching my back and so many others. I appreciate you and all your efforts for our writing community.

Sharyn


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Yes, we had this problem with (shall I say it?) BigEzine a little while ago. They stole quite a number of writers' work from HP....at least one of my poems was stolen....I believe they were 'taken down' after much effort by others here on HP....it's a shame this is happening, again...and on such a personal level....CloudExplorer, you are such a GREAT friend to Sharyn; you have our deepest respect! thank you for writing this amazingly informative and 'warning' hub.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Yep, I too had the problem with BigEzine...fraudulent website. They stole at least 5 of my hubs...flat out copied and pasted it with pictures too! Crazy...I can't stand thieves.


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

CloudExplorer, this is an awesome initiative against a serious offense of plagiarism/infringement. Bravo! I am so pleased that we have some vigilant people in the HP community. Thanks Mike, way to go!


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Nice job. I hope it gets a fire under the right person's butt. Such a shame!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @Writer20 for the visit once again, and for the cool vote.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hi there Sharon, I'm so glad you located this hub I made for you, its a shame isn't it what that so-called writer has done to you and to Yahoo Shines image and web reputation.

Now if this author gets away with this I will never return to Yahoo ever again, you also got my word on that too.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Yes, after one of my hubs was attacked by a fraudulent click company and then copied over and over, I found out about the dark side of the internet. Since then, I place my copyright in my articles, on my photos and have a warning copyright protected symbol at the bottom of every hub I write. It doesn't stop them, but I find it a little funny when my content gets copied and my name appears all over the copied content - making it SUPER easy to prove it's mine. In other case, I use Copyscape and Google alerts, though I don't do this as often as I should. Thank you for sharing this - we're all in this together. I got your back, Cloud. :)


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Cclitgirl, thanks for supporting us fellow hubbers, I had a few of my hubs stolen during the BigE scandal, and content theft scare that hit us here back around February to March time period I forget when exactly.

At that time it was a bad moment for all of us hubbers indeed, because so many hubs were stolen from here all at once, I'm just glad the site was taken down.

Now this sort of stuff happens, and of all places on a huge network like Yahoo, which really stinks in a huge way.

I feel so bad for Sharon, and hope things get taken care of, and that dumb ass crook gets locked up or something, because I'm sure they have multiple profiles and must live in an unreachable place out of the United States jurisdiction, let hope not though so they can get taken down for good.

Thank you for saying you have my back too, that is so sweet of you.


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Thanks for the information...I'm off to check my own hubs!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Your welcome @Mollymeadows, and thanks for the comment and for reading my hub here, lets hope your hubs are safe.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Holy Cow! Thats scary. I just finished reading that article by Sharyn's Slant not a week ago. I specifically remember it and it was well researched and informative. I am new to this on-line writing stuff. I'm not even on Facebook so I am feeling my levels of niavety right now.

My first thought was - "It could be anyone - she only put her name as Nancy - heck - it could be a guy".

Thanks for giving me the heads up. I'm learning very quickly here on Hub.


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Distil 4 years ago from Washington DC

Thank you Cloud Explorer for writing such a thorough piece.

Although we don't work with hubpages yet, a lot of our clients do face the same web scraping, content theft, and malicious duplication challenges you referenced. If I recall correctly, a majority of Hubspots web servers are domestic to the United States and as such, the content is subject to the DMCA.

Google's more recent project ("Google Transparency") shows you all the DMCA takedown requests that are being file, both on the domain and subdomain level. Not sure yet how we (http://www.distil.it) can help with a situation like this one with hubpages but I will have a look into it.

Best regards,

Sean

@distilinc


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hey Shining, its a tough place to begin a writers career for sure, the web has always been a vulnerable place to share anything for that matter, and so many individuals have been victimized information wise, and intellectual properties as well.

So, I feel that its paramount we remain proactive about such things, and team up to try and put an end to it all, you know.

Thanks for the support here and lets hope Sharon and many other hubbers who've recently been violated in this manner, can find quick resolution to it all, and the criminals brought to justice if at all possible.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hello @Distil,

Oh yes this insanity needs to be put to an end, and I'm sure Google is on the case with this particular situation, maybe they will contact Yahoo, and even make a huge statement to them about their online security measures in place if any on their writers networks.

Thanks for your insight here, and support on this issue, if you find anything out to help Sharon's issue maybe you can contact her via her hubpages inbox from off of her profile as well, I'm sure she will be happy to accept any and all supporting relevant info you may find.

Cool beans man, I owe you a visit as well, see you soon. Oh and nice to meet ya for the first time on hubpages.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hey Mike,

Just over three days and the page was taken down! (although it was originally posted in early July but I didn't know it then) When I do a search on other articles by "Nancy Rones" - it appears there is other work stolen as well. I did not (yet) see anything else from HubPages authors though. Thank you again for your support!

Sharyn


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Cool beans Sharon, I left you a comment on the Facebook group, its a good thing this issue was taken care of and I hope each and every article theft is handled in such a manner.

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