I recently found one of my hubs copied on a blogger blog. The whole text, images and amazon adverts were there!
I contacted another hubber Rajan Jolly as one of his hubs was also copied. I have to thank him for identifying and locating this blogger's profile here. It seems he has about 40 blogs on a variety of topics and there are many of my fellow hubbers hubs copied verbatim.
I don't know how I can let everyone know individually but please check here to see if your blog is copied and take action.
Here is the profile link to all of this bloggers' blogs
It is quite easy to file a take down notice to Blogger - you can find all the information here
http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/a … wer=157218
Rajan has already identified 7 more of his hubs that have been copied.
One thing I noticed is that there are no ads on those blogs. I don't think this person is trying to make money; either that or they're trying to get an adsense account, or just haven't gotten to putting ads on the blogs yet. Makes me think, even innocently, they just like the posts and wanted to put them somewhere. Of course, they haven't given credit either. I realize it's still a problem, just noticed a few things about that. I can't imagine what the motive would be, other than something relatively innocent. I could be wrong.
Edit: Just re-read your original post, realizing you said the article of yours which was copied, included ads. So, I guess I was wrong. Probably they haven't gotten around to putting ads on the other ones I looked at yet. In which case, this is blatant disregard on this person's part. Astounding.
Another thing I just noticed: One post included backlinks to HubPages Hubs. I think it could have been accidental, just ended up there in the copy and paste they did. Still makes me wonder if it's all just a blunder rather than bad intent.
Just noticed that there are some adverts on some of his blogs
Yes, I'm sure there are. I was just looking at it a little bit. Alison had said there were ads on the one he/she stole from her. I'm always surprised how people don't want to do their own work. I'd rather create than steal. Clearly some people are interested in money and not creating something.
Edit: And I'm certainly glad this was brought to our attention. Thank you, Alison.
There are ads on the blogs. After reviewing a number of them, it is sickening to see the hard work of great Hubbers being panhandled like that. What a shame.--Deb
Thanks for bringing attention to this crook. I found one of mine and a few others from hubbers I recognized so I sent them emails to let them know they had some of their hard work stolen.
It appears that this person just casually helped themselves to whatever hubs they liked and then copied them to their blog.
I have just found a Hub by fordie on this blog. Since we longer have the option to email each other, I have tweeted fordie about it.
To email a Hubber: go to their profile page, click on their "fan mail". You will see "send ____an email" option at the upper right top. It's still there, it's just hard to find.
He got two of mine (that I know of). I asked him in the comment section to remove my work and that I was reporting him for copying my work. He includes my photos and everything!
I fill out the forms to Google to report him.
After reading your post I did some search too and discovered that another blogger http://allnetfun.blogspot.co.uk/ has put many links from Hubpages articles (including mine) to his blog.
He has copied hub title, rich snippets & link to his blog. I do not know if this amounts to copying or not. It seems he is using hubs title and link in some way to drive traffic to his page.
Is it something to worry about? May be some Hubber with SEO experience can explain what that blogger is trying to do?
There maybe is a side benefit to that: because your content gets syndicated, your hubs will get more value (that is if you've linked out to your other hubs), which might make it go up in search engine rankings, therefore giving you more traffic.
However, it's still not cool to steal everything
He hasn't gotten any of mine, but when I did a quick scan, I noticed some that I had seen here on HP. He needs to be put out of business, asap.
I found one of mine copied here.
http://ma-english-notes.blogspot.ca/201 … chive.html
Thanks for sharing that, Alison Graham!
To add to what you've said, I'd like to share our broad LC entry on filing a DMCA complaint for stolen content: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/how- … -complaint
Simone, or anyone that may know, can we use a Copyscape plagiarism warning image on our articles?
I'm thinking the copycats don't even bother to read what they steal - they must have some way of finding articles they can copy that have good traffic, and they just cut & paste.
I just found one of mine copied a few places. One has a link back, two others don't. They just added words. It would be nice to place their small gif. underneath the title, it might stop the ignorant ones from copying, that don't realize you can't copy and paste part of an article onto your school's webpage.
When I am checking for whether my hubs have been copied, I just take a random sentence from the hub and put it in quotation marks ("sentence") and paste this into the Google search bar. This returns any articles that are published with the same sentence.
After that it is just a matter of checking whether this is a co-incidence or my article has been copied in full (or in part). In addition, if the search results say that Google has omitted some pages from the search results that are very similar, do you want the search repeated with the omitted results included, say yes and you might turn up something else. In some cases, my hub has been omitted, not the copied page (which is particularly annoying because that page will have been getting my traffic!).
Wow, that's just wrong!! Thank you for the information!!
i'm confused!! is that good or bad for use!
how to stop it and how to handle this thing?
Yes, one of my hubs, including my own photos was copied word for word. I've put the author on notice. Thanks for the link info for sending complaints to blogger
The guys is building MNS - Micro Niche Websites with your content... mine isn't there, lucky me, as he seems to have focused on some individuals... trying to earn with your articles... tsk tsk
Why, yes he is stealing my content! Thanks very much for the heads up Alison - DMCA form filled and sent.
Yep. The crook has one of my most visited hubs - original pics and all.
I have a new variation on this - I entered a search for a random phrase from what had been my best-performing hub, and this is what pops up:
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d& … mp;bih=681
Rats - the link looks like garbage - not sure if it will show. It has several entirely unrelated websites that pop up from a phrase that's clearly part of my hub, but when you click on the links, there's no sign of the hub. What in the world is going on???? This is all from a Google search.
There was a guy a few weeks ago, I call him craft guy and he was just taking words from hubs. When I clicked on the words it went to an ad. I filed a DMAC and they took him down.
Marcy, you say the websites are entirely unrelated, but they are not. I checked; they are all run by the same guy. I've found the same thing with some of my hubs. It's exactly the same situation as you have. The same phrase show up on loads of sites, on some of which I can find the hub or phrase when I click through and on some of which I can't. When I've found the actual hub - which is only twice - I've filed a DMCA Complaint with the guy – it’s the same guy by the way - and they've been taken down within the hour.
I have a feeling that loads and loads of hubs are being copied multiple times. There is site-wide, widespread, systematic copying going on here but I have no idea of the reason why. I’ve checked the Whois entries and this thief is listed as the registrant of 229 domain names.
Rui Carreira posts above that the chap is most likely building MNS (Micro Niche Websites) with our content. I have not heard of that before and have no idea what the benefits would be to him, but the copied hubs do appear to be being used as fillers on a variety of niche sites – certainly my hub on Tower Bridge appears on sites for Mixed Martial Arts and Carpet Cleaning along with a lot of old gibberish that is just repeated again and again.
This guy is in my opinion somehow making his living out of copying our content and posting them on multiple sites.
For your information his name is Dan Gordon and his address is listed as 2950 New Market Street, Bellingham, Washington, 98226. Oh, and if you need to email him a DMCA Complaint you can get him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a request - when you post a link to a thief, please make sure you break the link.
We should all be aware of the value of backlinks. Posting a link to the thief gives his blog a boost in the search engine rankings - something none of us want to give him!
The link I posted is for the search results in Google. It's really odd - all these sites pop up as being related to my hub. Some are difficult to click on, so I can learn much about them. I ran searches for two separate internal phrases, and the same list of sites popped up.
BTW - I agree that we should not post the actual link to the thief's site - it just drives traffic to them.
I wasn't replying to you specifically, Marcy - just a general note to all posters.
I had a look at your results - that is indeed weird! I find the same thing occasionally. It's usually because that the blogger has removed the post and Google hasn't crawled the blog since it was removed. However, I've never seen so many results like that at the same time!
That's too bad instead of copying a Hub create your own article in a blog and link to someone's Hub giving them credit for the idea or share what they have to say.
I like to write what I like about a Hub in my blog and than post a link for others to go and read what I have enjoyed. It gets readers to my blog and I am helping other enjoy some great Hubs!
jen-ann & mistyhorizon2003 have both had Hubs on pets stolen - complete with photos.
I also recognized one of our Hubber's articles (vespawoolf) and alerted her about this situation. Hopefully, she will be able to get her Hub(s?) off of this site. Thanks for letting us know what is going on out there in Internet Land!--Deb
Can't see any of mine luckily, but my gosh that is aweful that he is just stealing peoples work and probably making money off them too.
A great way to find copies or duplicates of your Hub article is by using www.copyscape.com. Just do a search with you Hub url address and it will find duplicates on the internet. Unfortunately I have noticed that this only works if you Hub is still active. So if it has been suspend by Hubpages for a duplicate violation then it will not work.
I have just published a hub about How to Check for Plagiarism for Free. This include some helpful services like CopyScape and others. Some paid services like Plagspotter will even monitor your hubs or websites and notify you if any violation happen.
savingkathy -- thanks for letting me know that this guy was copying my hubs (and liked them so much, he copied them twice!)
Alison, thanks for the heads up and the easy link to the DMCA notice. I have filed for the two that savingkathy caught; now I'm going to have a fun (not) lunch break seeing if he grabbed any more of mine.
I've just seen one of Dr. Mark's hubs there so have emailed him. There's another hub there about naming Golden Retrievers that I've read here but can't remember who wrote it. Shocking. Hope he gets taken down.
I agree with rebekahElle and I have already gone to the Copyscape site and placed a "Protected by Copyscape" (Link: http://www.copyscape.com/banners.php?o=f) banner on my personal website. It is easy to do and I would think that if HP thought it was a good idea, it could be placed easily on our profile page maybe up at the top, right by "follow me." It would definitely be up front and viewed by everyone. Better still, it would nice if we could have this service or something similar installed onsite. I'd like to be warned, as I know others would, too. Even so, look at the great and quick response by our own diligent Hubbers. I'm glad that I'm a part of a group that truly cares about others. --Deb
Just to add to the conversation, I just found one of my poems copied by a person on FanStory. The profile: 'Rosebramble' has used a verse from my poem and added her own copyright to it! Outright theft. I've notified the site, and left her a message asking her to remove it immediately. I guess filing a complaint is next. I'm wondering how many other poems she has lifted from Hub Pages.
He took one of mine -- http://beauty12312.blogspot.com/2011/08 … reams.html
Why? I don't know! Makes me mad because he has ads on that page. o__o
Innerspin, thanks for letting me know that I was one of the victims of the scam-there were actually THREE of my hubs on there! I have already filed a complaint with google. There was also one of sgbrowns, and another from turtlewoman, so I am sending them emails.
You're welcome, DrMark, I saw the other 2 after mailing you. Glad to hear you're on the case. There's a hub, "I hate our underground house" that's on there twice, unfortunately I can't remember who wrote it. Hope they see this thread.
I saw this same Hub and I believe the Hubber is MizBejabbers. The title had been changed, interestingly enough. It's original title is "We don't like our Underground House." Pretty lame of this guy to try to change a word or two. Lucky for us, we not only are great writers but great readers, too!. I'll notify her and forward her the info. --Deb
Regarding my previous post about copied content on FanStory, the site has taken down the poem and the profile is no longer available, that was quick!
Yay! Good work!
Maybe we need to schedule a Spring Cleaning Day for all of us here - we can track down copied work, and cruise HP for junk to report.
I saw one on there that I remember seeing here on a hubpage , but can't remember whose it was..It was a turkey stuffing casserole...
Thanks innerspin for alerting me too, they got one of mine and I will check for more. Sent in the complaint form. Can't believe HOW many fellow hubber's work is on there!
Great shout Alison, will spread the word.
Both of these bloggers should be reported to blogger. They aren't writing their own articles and quoting from the Hubber's articles and giving credit for the quotes. They are plagerizing.
I've just found a substantial portion of one of my recipes on a site called createapartybag.co.uk/clive-caterpillar-s-party-blog. (www not included to avoid giving a backlink.)
There are several other recipes on this site, so there's a good chance they've copied parts of other hubs. There's also several posts about kids' parties, so anyone who has written hubs on those should probably take a look.
I dont know if anyone mentioned it yet, but myows.com is a good place to get your original works such as blog topics and articles copyright to prove they are your originial works. Look into it...?
I didn't see any of mine are there, but I did recognise one of Wesman's hubs on there about the Indigo Snake, so I've contacted him via Facebook. I'm sure Google will remove it asap, as it doesn't exactly look good on their part.
I saw that, too. This guy must like snakes! He copied my Venomous Snakes in Florida complete with my photos! He chose three of my best performing Hubs to copy.
Has anyone written a hub titled "Flesh & Bone: Book 3 in the Rot & Ruin Series by Jonathan Maberry "?
I can't find it by doing a search here, but I've just found a copy of it on a Blogspot blog: booksforteensandyoungadults (it's blogspot.co.uk)
It has all the hallmarks of a hub and 2 of my hubs are copied there, and an article called Gifted: Chapter 12, which may or may not be a hub. I
Just to let everyone know I have just found one of my hubs on another site
I have submitted a complaints form through Alison's link at the top. Worth checking out this site to make sure your work is not there.
I filed a complaint with Google and received a reply today. They're removing the plaigarized content from the blog. So thank you for letting us know about it!
Do you know how long it took for a reply from the big G? I filed too but have never received a reply so am not sure whether to file again or just wait for them.
I received a "canned" reply from the big G the afternoon of the same day I filed a complaint on my three the blogger stole. Said something like: Due to the huge volume they receive, I may not hear back from them for a few days. That was 3 days ago.
Thanks Mary I got the same sort of reply. It has been 5 days ago.
Wow, sorry to all of you who've had your hard work and creativity infringed upon by copycats. I haven't found any of mine in this batch, but I've been plagiarized and stolen from in the past so I know what a frustrating experience it is. I use copyscape regularly now, it really is a wonderful resource.
This is the message I get when I click on the link in the first post: The Blogger Profile you requested cannot be displayed. Many Blogger users have not yet elected to publicly share their Profile.
It's slightly concerning that this isn't the error message I've seen in the past when Blogger has taken a blog down due to ToS violations, such as plagiarism. It seems to imply that the user simply made the content private.
thats great news vespawoolf, I haven't heard from them yet but hope I will get the same result!
There is a Hub promoting copy and paste to get make daily post. I started a thread on this: promoting copy and paste.
I'm not sure I understand you Deltachord and I cannot find your thread, perhaps you could post a link.
I would say that on finding a piece of content that is worthy of being shared with a wider audience, there is merit in doing so provided that you have the author's permission and provide them with attribution in the manner they request.
Copying someone else's work without their permission whether this is text, video or images cannot be described in any other way than theft.
The really annoying thing for small bloggers is that their content can appear on other, more highly ranked sites, ranked higher in the search engines than their own, original work which results in their potential traffic being 'stolen' as well as their work.
This is the thread: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/109031
The title is shown below.
How I Promoted My Personal Blog To Get 2000 Constant Daily Traffic
In his second numbered paragraph, he talks about using copy and paste. He is talking about having posts for each day and using other people's work.
This is interesting because just today someone had copied one of my hubs verbatim. I reported the matter to the concerned site and they had the article taken down.
Fellow hubbers can check if their work too has been copied. Here is the specific url:
http://www.abcarticledirectory.com/Arti … ng/1798496
Go ahead and check the author or the entire site through copyscape.
I found a bunch of mine copied as well. I recognized the works of other hubbers and contacted them in case they didn't see your post. The plagiarist is truly a jerk...but we must admit, s/he does have discriminating tastes.
You actually see this a lot on the internet. They basically just scrape everyone's content by copying and pasting videos, article etc. Then they collect on the ad impressions. Most of the time they eventually get caught but a lot of them arent US based so it doesnt do much good
Just had a message from Google to let me know that they are going to remove my copied hub from the plagiarist's blog
Just received a note from google stating the following:
"Upon recent review of the mentioned URL, we were unable to locate the content in question. If this matter is still a concern, please reply to this email with detailed information to enable us to locate the content and we will further investigate your request. Thank you very much for your cooperation and assistance in this matter."
Maybe the person took down the blog. Can't access it so not sure how to proceed. Hopefully it has been resolved.
The blogger who copied our hubs (as in my first post here) has now lost all his blogs - all 40 or so, they have all been taken down (his profile is not available in addition to the few blogs I checked) so, if you haven't already filed a takedown request for this particular case, I would say, no need now! Well done everybody!
That's great. Did you find my forum thread? I posted the thread's address as requested.
Hi Deltachord, yes I did find your forum thread but I couldn't find the hub you mentioned - I wondered if it had been removed? perhaps you could put the address but break the link so it does not link to the hub if it is still live and of concern?
I have noticed that when I research a topic. You will read information, then read the exact same information on 10 different sites that people have just cut and pasted it to. Just last night I found another one of my hubs copied and pasted onto a blog, but they did give me credit. I don't think it was the entire hub, but it was several paragraphs.
I am SO happy! So the big "G" must have nailed him. But you know, there will always be others who do the same thing. We all just have to stick together and watch each other's back just like we did this time. I would never have known my Hubs were stolen if another Hubber had not told me, and then I saw this thread that Allison started.
Thanks to Bronwyn I found out about a hub of mine this guy had copied. I filed a DMCA and complained to Blogger about four days ago, and finally today got the message that the content could not be found (checked and it was already gone). I had already commented on the blogger entry he had made using my article, and I had demanded he take it down, but he had ignored it. For now he has gone, but nothing is stopping him taking our articles again and posting them on a new site. We are fighting a never ending battle.
Again, thank you Bronwyn for contacting me to let me know
Glad the content taken from you disappeared. Sometimes writing to the author or his group admin gets a result. In all honesty, my experience is that it does little good. Most of the time I go to Google for relief. My dashboard at Google's DMCA site for infringement is full of articles removed. It is rather depressing to see folks taking stuff and simply adding as posts to their blogs. I am sure they have found it very beneficial. I wish there was a better solution to the problem as it is pervasive.
Maybe a rule could be instituted that after an "author" has had 2, 3,4,5, heck, 100 articles removed they could be banned from Google search? But, I guess these guys change their names and sites so it makes tracking difficult for Google. Hey, with freedom comes fraud. Play the game and stay happy.
Yes, there will be other thieves just waiting to snag our work. I will be more diligent in checking. I had not done that before, so I have learned a valuable lesson, thanks to this guy! Then they have to nerve to place ads on our work. Thanks again everyone for taking action on this!
the worrying thing is that the ads were just lifted from our pages - certainly in the case of Amazon ads - this means that our Amazon afffilate code was being used on a site which did not conform with Amazon TOS so we could have had problems with our accounts on top of everything else!
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