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Dear Writers of Unique Content,
Many of you have been plagued by people copying your Hubs, either in part or in their entirety, using your content as their own. This is the reason I wrote the Hub, "Cyber crime, help administrators and authorities stop it."
Social networking is a good way to promote our work. Over they years I have become friends with many writers, musicians and other artists on social networking sites. There is no counting the times I have seen the lament of other artists who have had their work scrapped or stolen.
When those who have had their published work stolen do file the take-down, and DMCA complaint, it seems to take care of the primary problem stolen content taken care of. Unfortunately, this is an on-going problem and many on-line publishers do not have the wherewithal to make reports for each stolen item, and their problems remain unsolved, their unique, copyrighted material making someone else good money.
It is so profitable to publish content on-line that any person who has a publishing plan, can figure out ways to steal unique content without feeling it is plagiarism.
I have had new Hubbers argue that by scrapping, farming, or mixing and matching a Hub's content, they do not feel it is stealing. I do not agree.
There is a trend on the internet of published sites, that publishers have learned to manipulate their own content; republishing the same articles, while switching their own words and phrases around.
As a follower of many writers and publishers and a supporter of high quality content, I find these re-arranged articles to be junky. It is SPAM and a waste of time for those who enjoy reading unique content.
There may be no hard rules against it, but I am always surprised how well those who scrap their own content do on Google Ad Sense. .
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Avoiding Plagiarism: You Can't Just Change A Few Words
Different Types of Theft
There is another form of theft it is harder to prove.
I publish unique content based on my unique life experiences, and few people can admit to sharing this very same experience.
It is a slap in the face to see my unique perspective, and use of words, showing up in other aritcles and Hubs on HubPages.
In December of 2010, a Hubber I follow wrote a Hub, and the first paragraph seemed familiar. This person used my line that I had published in my own Hub two weeks before. (It was a 1/1 match on plagiarism checker.)
There are some things that are harder to prove but stolen and scrapped material is found to be a world wide web practice.
Authors who are willing to work hard and write unique content must do everything possible to protect themselves.
It is sickening to give these unique ideas away, so that others profit.
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Dreams and Nightmares
Because of HubPages I have realized my dream of being a published writer. HubPages has provided the tools. Capsule and Hub construction, tips on layout and statistics for what is needed to make an article engaging have been a miracle to me.
There are many Hubs written to learn how to publish successfully. I read quite a few when I first signed up for HubPages.
Because I lived such an extraordinary life , and the culmination of my experience, and ideas are unique, I feel some victory over the hard life I have lived. My hard life is material for UNIQUE Content, and a different point of view. I can be paranoid, and may have some other mental deficiencies this is part of what makes my material unique.
It is understandable as well, that more than one person can come up with unique ideas. It happens.
When an online publisher checks their name, website, user name, icon, aliases and finds that someone has diverted the unique url, but adding another owner to it, or when you see your unique work copied word for word on a blog, it can take on nightmarish proportions.
I have had almost everything stolen at one time on HubPages, after months of tears, dejection, depression and hard work, I recovered much of what was stolen, or the sites were taken down, but this occurs daily.
An on-line writer needs to check their property just like real property. Be vigilant, and don't be complacent when it comes to the theft of your property. It may seem like a compliment to have your work stolen, but after thieves and pirates are done with it, there may be little to no semblance of your original work.
Checks and Balances Please
With hundreds of visits to a Hub that gets a handful of comments, that means that a majority, have partaken of your written words. Whether on purpose or accidentally, they can now, make your words their unique idea.
It is possible that the sole reason they have not left any feedback is they don't like the Hub, or didn't want to take a minute to vote or comment.
There must be more checks and balances.
Forum's like HubPages, can become a lower quality membership, because those who are seeing their unique content within other Hubs, (changed around but it is still unique to the original writer), will be forced to find a different, and safer way to publish.
How Cloning is Theft
In 2009-10, I was a college student of Geology, and Environmental Geology. I wrote my mid-term paper on Brownfield Properties. I was proud of the work I turned in, as it was on a subject that I know a lot about. Imagine my shock, when my Professor came to me, and was very angry. She accused me of plagiarizing a website called Earthenware Haven; saying that the paper used the same writing style, and context as the blog. She did not accuse me of copying it word for word, but using the unique language, subject and style. Luckilly was able to show her, that Blog was mine. I have been blogging about environmental matters for years. It is unique, and the Blog was mine.
My syntax and use of language is unique enough to be detected within a plagiarism checker. But, I did not copy or use the same information found in my Blog, it was her way of writing, that was unique.
I have been stunned by the Hubbers who have used subjects, and topics I have written about uniquely.
My first line of defense, was to find out out what tool my professor used, so I could check some of the things that concern me.
I am much more cautious about what I publish now. I feel like I have earned this unique content, and partially, this is a reward for surviving impossible odds.
I am not writing to further fund those who have not had a unique idea of their own in days, months or years.
© 2011 Lori J Latimer
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