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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. .


DMCA - Digital Millennium Copyright Act Infringement Notice

Having Content Stolen is like Having Your Garden Destroyed by a Billy Goat

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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.


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.

Nightmare:

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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Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

Hey Lilly, I'm with you on this and you certainly have unique style, and a very unique profile page! Some people cram a lot into their lives - well done to you. Others just profit off people's hard work...


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you Mark, after I published this Hub, I did the "finding links" and found your Hub and a couple of other good ones. I shared, on the www.:0)


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Lilly, you have done a brilliant article on a important subject. Non of us want to be exposed to this, and it is difficult to know what to do if it happens! People who just copy others hard work are on a very low level! Thanks for sharing these good advices and also many useful links! Bookmarked and voted!


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@thoughtforce, Thank you very much. It is a low level, but it is being pushed on the www, until there will be more laws made.

Weeks ago, I signed up with Freelancer.com, looking for writing opportunities with pay. I was thinking it was something else, but there are hundreds of requests to "take content, change it into your own words, and market said content" they pay 1.00 per page 500 words, some pay $1.00 for 5. They are asking people to join Facebook and make pages, there is definite fraud going on a large scale.

Take content, and change it for re-publication, and there are those saying that it is not stealing. Funny, but it is rare to see a request for unique content on freelancer.com. Sad

Luckily HubPages administrators are good at shutting this kind of thing down, with the help of Hubbers. Thank you for voting and Bookmarking!


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Sub: needs Data Entry Person for Short Term

Seeking a freelancer with computer proficiency and previous experience in Data Entry and Online Data Collection. The work includes Address Collection through Website Research and also type in the contents from JPEG and PDF pages to an Access file.

Need a reliable person who is skilled and experienced in collecting data's online. This short term project may take up to 200 Hours will pay $250 for the project. Please include your education and experience in reply or include in your profile page.

Please reply if interested.

I need someone to do simple copy and paste work/data entry. You will be putting the data into an excel spreadsheet that I will provide.

I'm looking for someone who can do this hourly and hit your quota. I will provide your quota when you win the job. The quota will be based on what others have done in the past. You will need to do a certain number per hour. I can pay $2 USD/hour

I can guarantee a $50 milestone. Most likely, many more hours in the future.

These are just two examples of the free-for-all that is at work out there.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Lilly, this is outstanding! I've never really thought anyone would steal my writings as I am just an average, maybe even below average writer. But it is good to know. I spend hours researching any topic I write about, and then just be copied from under me is just not fair.. not fair at all. Thank you for this hub.. I find it very useful.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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Ingenira 5 years ago

I have tried one of the tool you listed :

Plagiarism Checker - Article Checker - Free Web Plagiarism Tool

Wow, powerful checker. However, it compares word by word. So if someone changes the sentences a bit or restructure it, the checker cannot detect.

Nevertheless, great hub and great tools ! Bookmarked. Thanks a lot.


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks Lilly! This one is bookmarked for future reference. I'm a bit reluctant to try out those links as I'd probably give it some serious attention. Right now I'm just happy not knowing :)


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chan0512 5 years ago from Camarillo, CA

LillY,

Thanks for sharing and writing this article. I know the feeling being plagiarized as well. It is bad. I have seen them in Hubpages. I hope HP do more to prevent this.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@Rosie2010 I read like a psycho, this is one benefit in a forum like this, I am a fast reader and pick up patterns, dialect, and scholarly writing. You are not below average. It is obvious you write from a scholarly attribute, and as you stated you research what you write. Your Unique content is ripe for the picking. :0) Write on!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good information from you. Some of my hub was stolen and I have reported this to hubpages admin. I hope we can learn about the original content from someone. We need a hard work, even long research before make a new hub. Better to appreciate the author and give respect to them. Thanks for writing this, Lilly. Vote up. Love and peace..

Prasetio


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@Ingenira thank you for the read and checking it out, I went ahead and looked at a bunch of them, there are some good ones out there. Check around, they will show you entire paragraphs, and entire articles / Hubs.

@Green Lotus, I understand, the bad thing is that sometimes when they do this, they can divert your AdSense earnings to them. I think this is happening, and I am working step-by-step to take care of it.

Chan0512 I perceive this has happened to you, distinctly within the Month of January. I have noticed a few newer Hubs that are quite similar to your Very Unique content. Check around. Good Luck.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

prasetio30, you were one of the people I thought of when writing this Hub. I was not sure if you ever got satisfaction, I hope you have. It is obvious how hard you work on your Hubs, and how much thought is put into the layout, and your Hub Topic. You are A-One Original, and for others to copy your content is very ugly. Thank you for the vote and comment. Love and Peace to you and your family prasetio, I am thinking of you with the flooding and volcanic activity in your part of the world. The Best to you all.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I don't tink any of my hubs would ever be stolen ( Not that great ) but i can see how this would affect Hubbers who write for money. This is an unfair practice and should be stopped. Thank's for the info.

Cheers


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

always exploring, Thank you for your comment. Again, you are a writer of unique content, and you are a good writer too. Those are gifts. Thank you for the read and nice comments. Cheers.


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cheaptrick 5 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Hia L.I wish someone Would steal my stuff!I can't even Give it away!I'm even running out of money to pay my followers to write comments on my hubs!Hmmm...maybe I should try singing instead...or How about becoming an Erotic dancer for tips!...naa,what can you buy with a dollar these days.Well,I'd appreciate any suggestions if anyone has one.Just Not the one about donating my brain to science!I've heard that one before!...from my GF of all people.So How relevant is this comment to your hub!!lol Thanks for doing the work so this Plagiarism thing comes to the light.

Dean


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dean! You are a writer who writes witty prose and other very unique content. You know you have solid fans who love you. Very funny, kind and sweet! Have a wonderful 2011 friend!


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mecheshier 5 years ago

Lilly, I love your article. A great heads up for people for many. Thank you for the great information and resourceful links.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@mecheshier, Thank you for the visit, read, and very nice comments.


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chan0512 5 years ago from Camarillo, CA

Lilly,

Thanks for your suggestion. I'll look around the HB.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@chan0512, good luck!


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amybradley77 5 years ago

Could never thank you more for doing this here, voted up, I believe we all thank you here who enjoy writing at HubPages. This is our time and effort, nobody else should be taking any credit for that. Thank you again, A.B.


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Good and useful info, Lilly, thanks.

Are you aware that fellow-Hubber Edweirdo has developed a tool called "Hubdefender" specifically to search for copied Hubs? It has both paid and free options and can be found at http://www.hubdefender.com/

Alternatively go to his profile to dinf the relevant Hubs about it and other Hub-specific tools he's developed.

http://hubpages.com/@edweirdo

Love and peace

Tony


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@amybradley77 Thank you for reading and giving such positive feedback. I am glad to help!

@tonymac04, Thank you, so good to see you! While I was researching this Hub, I did find Hubdefender, and I registered under the free program, I may have linked Edweirdo and one other Hubber withing this Hub. I wanted to make sure I wasn't inadvertently taking someone's unique slant on this subject! I know you are old school published before HubPages, and know both sets of ropes. Thank you for the positive feedback! :0) Thanks again.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

What goes on in the mind of a hubber who copy another hubber’s work? Absence of pride, conscious or brains? Lily, you are indeed unique. I learn a lot from you. Thanks for the link. I’m going to use it for sure. Take care!


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@MartieCoetser, I think some just read unique content, get some fresh ideas of their own, and before you know it, they just "thought of it". I am very careful about publishing here now, because when you get 135 hubbers reading and only 5-10 acknowledging it, you got a lot of folks coming up with unique ideas from the content. Maybe it is coincidence. Thank you for your well wishes


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Lilly you are a unique character and it amazes me someone within our community would copy you here in our own back yard. I value your voice and have one vital thing to offer, while others may copy your work and are willing to take this approach, they must not know what you know and that is how to market. You have a sharp marketing mind and I will imagine your skill trumps all others leaving you to be the front runner with your own work.

Thank you for providing us with this resource as I too need to emplement it! :) Katie


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@katiem2, thank you for the encouragement! This helps a lot. Your good and smart words are strength giving, and I appreciate you a lot. :0)


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

LillyGrillzit

This is so informative. I hope no one has copied mine. I do have a copy right. Do you know How I put it on every hub, as I have not figured that one out yet? Thanks so much


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@Healing Touch, once it is published period it is copyrighted as your material. I linked it in here, but Edwierdo has a program called HubDefender that is low cost. He has Hubs and an interview on it. Really helpful. :0)

HubPages is distinct in that some sites want ownership or have the right to adjust the writers work while it is still the authors name. Not here.

HubPages gives the author/publisher full rights to their work.

I learned to put the copyright, date and i.d. on my Hubs. (In edit mode>U = Symbols, @ Copyright, and trademark are in there. Do it in a Text box, not the title. A symbol has to be copied from the actual text box.) For the sake of those who may be ignorant of these protections. Also, any other trademark, copyright media I have attached that may have rights.

Keep a first copy in Word, time stamped (insert date/time)saved helps est. times of publication, so that you show the timeline of your work.

Thanks for the read and comment. Hope this helps!


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gg.zaino 5 years ago from L'America

Fuggin-A Lady- Its infuriating to me to think someone would take credit for my work without at least footnoting the real genius behind those words.

it takes much to get me riled these days Lori, but without credit or a backlink attached i see this as a crime... especially if its some little peckerhead in college cheating to achieve the sheepskin.

I worked my old ass off for that bachelors. My major was history. Reading and research- 4 years of it- ughh- but i achieved this on my own.

fuggers- grrrr!!!

... Thanks much for this Lori!

- which one is the safest? I want one!!!

get back to me- weird because i was just talking to lib about this for my ell stories.... karma is a cool thing ent it Gypsy Lady?

Peace not Gums ~ greg


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Greg Hey! I have set google alerts, after doing the download of all my Hubs. Some of this is like algebra, I learn it long enough to do it step by step, and then I am vague. Edwierdo is the man. PCunix too. They both write stuff that has helped me. HubDefender gets high ratings all over. I don't know enough to recommend one. :0) Yet. Thanks for the read and comments bro. Have a good day.


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Lilly, i hav done hubs and they would be on here for months, then it would say it is a duplicate. What's up with that?


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@gr82bme, that means someone has copied your content, or your content is published elsewhere. If so, follow the link to the person who copied it, and have them remove it.


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peepingtomb 4 years ago

Very interesting. Food for thought.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

There was a Hubber that did the exact thing within days of me putting a hub on. She used my exact words and I had never seen those words said like that before. Why I don't know because I am not a very good writer. Very interesting hub thanks for the information. Voted up.


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SkeetyD 3 years ago from Barbados

The plagiarism checker came in handy, thank you for sharing. It makes me so angry that we work so hard at putting our intellectual work out there and someone wants to come along and steal it


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LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

comparejuniorisa, thank you for reading this Hub, and your positive comment. I apologize for taking 9 monts to respond.


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LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dear Moonlake, thank you for the read, the vote up, and leaving a comment. I think you are a better writer than you give yourself credit for. Stealing from Hubbers is easy pickin's, that is why.


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LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

SkeetyD, thank you very much for the read, and taking time to comment. It takes energy to write unique content, jump through all of the hoops it takes to stay published on HubPages, and it is a shame it is so easy for other Hubbers, and websites to steal our content.


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Virginia Allain 20 months ago from Central Florida

I need to run a bunch of my stuff through these checkers to see who's been stealing my pages.


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LillyGrillzit 20 months ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Usually, you can Google your HubPages handle, or the titles of your work and find out right away. I learned not to discuss numbers or earnings in the forums. Pirates lurk there. File DMCA complaint any time you see your content stolen. It took me seven months and a domain name purchase (12.00 yr.), to get my unique content unhacked. I almost gave up. We know Librarians don't quit.

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