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A word from awordlover

January 27, 2012

Although my title is slightly facetious, it is interesting to me that I can be of inspiration to other hubbers (authors).

A quick Google of today's trends or the home page of hubpages.com to see what people are talking about is just as easy for them to do as it is for me.


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Coincidence? Nope!

While I realize many topics are trendy, I write mostly in the Health topic and there are many timely issues from which one can choose. However, I do not appreciate it when I write something on Monday on a particular topic and another hubber writes on that same topic on Wednesday, listing "in order" many of my key points that I have used. I do not believe it is coincidence.

I also do not believe it is coincidence that their hub is constructed in exactly the same format I used for my hub, i.e. Overview, signs and symptoms, treatment and tidbits regarding how it affects people (either in my life or the patient's).

Putting a Copyscape logo (like the one on the right) on your work is one way to deter thieves. I have them on every hub. But some people overlook them and steal articles anyway.

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Here's How It Can Be Done - from my experience

I published my first hub nearly two years ago. That particular hub has had over 5,000 views in the first 6 months. It is easily picked up by many search engines, most likely because of the topic and the tags assigned to it. It has appeared in various incarnations on other sites, as stolen, all carefully reworded so as to not raise the flag for duplicate content.

"I" recognize it as mostly my work, but the search engines and powers that be do not. When I have "flagged" another's content as duplicate and follow the steps forthwith, I have never heard anything back from my actions.

I have even gone so far as to write the hubber (author) that even though hubpages.com and other plagarism checkers did not pick up that their content is remarkably like my content (usually theirs uses short clipped sentences that "checkers" do not catch), that I DO KNOW and I AM LETTING YOU KNOW THAT I KNOW.

I also write for two medical websites and have used some of the information from the answers to questions that patients write in about their various disorders and diseases. I have reworded the information so it does not infringe on the patient's privacy, nor reveal any identifying information, all in an effort to protect their privacy but also to not get flagged as duplicate content. Yes, you CAN plagarize yourself!

In many instances, I have been flagged with duplicate content because I have published the content in some form elsewhere under my own name. But I wanted the information to get "out there" so how do I go about correcting the hub?

I was amazed that all I had to do was not only reword some of the sentences, but to make ample use of synonyms, shorten a few sentences and remove all notations of government agencies or studies that point to certain findings.

If it was that easy for me to do, then it will be infinitely easy for other authors to do. And they have.

In my opinion, there is not much in place to keep anyone from taking your work on the internet and to personalize it as their own. For example, a sentence that reads "It is recommended that patients....." can easily be reworded to "I recommend that you ...." and it is now personalized so that the "checkers" do not pick it up as duplicate content.

A sentence that reads "The National Institute of Health conducted studies...." can easily be reworded to "Researchers have found in their studies...."

See how easy it is?

Question 1

Have you ever been flagged for duplicate content?

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Question 2

If you answered yes, did you..

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Imitation vs Flattery

While I may enjoy the compliment, I am not amused when much of my content is reworded so that someone else can use my hard work at research for their own hub or website. I'd much rather you leave me a nice comment and vote on my hub.

Thank you for reading my rant. Please answer the poll and, by all means, leave me your comments. I really do want to know what you think. Or if you have had a similar incident, I'd love to hear how you handled it.

Published by Anne DiGeorge 2012

2/2/2014 updated by Rachael O'Halloran to replace pixelated Copyscape logos and correct format issues

Please don't copy and paste my work to other websites. TY

This means don't copy this article. It also means if you DO copy, a DMCA notice of copyright infringement will be filed against you.
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February 2, 2014

Update from Rachael O'Halloran - This hub was stolen also. If you copied this article, you stole it.

If you see the information in this hub or any of awordlover's hubs on any other website, please leave a comment on that hub with the name of the website and the URL address.

As of today, 2/2/2014, twelve of awordlover's hubs have been stolen by 7 different websites that I have been able to locate so far. They not only copied the content, they left awordlover's name on the article including all her personal notes and experiences that are weaved into her hubs. It is not alright to copy something just because it is on the internet.

A copyright infringement notice (DMCA) has been filed against 4 of those websites because they refused to remove the articles from their sites.

Giving awordlover an author credit is not acceptable. Giving author credit is when you paraphrase, not when you are copying word for word. The estate of awordlover is not willing to accept author credit when the full hub article (including her personal notes to readers) appears on other websites who pass it off as their own. If this were acceptable, everyone would be stealing everyone's hubs.

The other 3 websites either have removed or have answered that they will remove this article from their websites within 7 days.

If you think it is okay to copy articles word for word especially if it has an author's name on it, think again. This is stealing. The estate of awordlover will continue to file DMCA notices against all parties who steal from awordlover.hubpages.com.

Posted 2/2/2014 by Rachael O'Halloran for awordlover

© 2012 awordlover

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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

There is an interesting thread about a site with poetry on it that tplougue started here on Hubpages. I won't post the link, but it is an interesting concept that sometime s duplicate content is unintentional vs. the direct copying word for word. It depends upon the topic and the degree to which there is overlapping. A poem? Not a chance. It is copied for sure. A hub on symptoms for a disease? Trickier.


Website Examiner 4 years ago

It is precisely people writing in valuable niches such as yourself who are easily targeted for plagiarism. As we have discussed earlier today, DMCA complaints is an effective tool compared with mere flagging, because it is a legal instrument and the content host is obliged by law to take action. Moreover, you can report infringements to Google on sites with AdSense, and they have become more proactive in deleting AdSense accounts of those who infringe upon copyright.

This said, it is hard and tedious work to safeguard your rights, especially when those who copy are experienced enough to substantially rewrite the contents. One helpful thing is to be quiet about profitable hubs, and some Hubbers have multiple accounts for that purpose. Good luck W.E.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

It is awful when someone steals your content.

While it is possible that someone has copied your content, though you do have to remember that when the basis of the information is factual, it is easy for something to seem copied when it isn't. The example you cited: "Overview, signs and symptoms, treatment and tidbits" a pretty common formatting for medical information everywhere.


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awordlover 4 years ago Author

Hi W.E. I didn't think of the Google Adsense tool, so I thank you for that information. @ Profitable hubs, I did not name the hub that had over 5000 views for that reason. ::Smile:: @DMCA complaint - the burden of responsibility fell to me to prove WHEN each work was produced - not only my work but the copied work. Since hubpages does not use dates on hubs, it was impossible to prove. My citing of the date on comments was to no avail. So I may just begin to date my hubs. It is an idea I came up with today as a little added insurance. Thank you again for your input. It is much appreciated. Anne


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awordlover 4 years ago Author

Hi Millionaire Tips: You are correct that it is common formatting for medical information. I guess I should have been more precise. The exact ORDER of each sign and symptom, the exact ORDER for treatment is more what I was referring to. Thank you for your comment. Anne


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awordlover 4 years ago Author

Hi FLoraBreenRobison: I agree with you - it depends on the degree to which there is overlapping. Evidently DMCA filing was not effective in that I was the one who had to prove WHEN my work was published, since the content was not in question, it was the publishing date - what came first - the chicken or the egg. Thank you for your comment.


Website Examiner 4 years ago

Awordlover, you are welcome. The publication date for hubs is shown in the account manager ("my account"). Also, the Team at HubPages ought to be able to confirm that in writing. Furthermore, Google records exist to the effect what was published first. Good luck!


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awordlover 4 years ago Author

Website Examiner - yes all the examples you cited are affirmative. But the person stealing content cannot see those dates. I guess I just wanted to forewarn potential authors before they act. TYVM


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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

I agree that it is a slippery slope, especially since there is so little new information out there on most topics. I write on my personal experience in my travels and KNOW and also have published a recipe I invented but other than that??? Good luck. Well written hub. Voted up.

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