Dear HP Team,
Last week you notified me that two of my hubs were most likely stolen and copied on two separate sites. I wrote to both parties, and although one gave me a harder time, both have agreed to take the pieces down from their blogs. I don't think I'm supposed to name them in an open forum, as it would seem to be promoting my own work. But thanks to the info you provided me, I didn't have to go through a long process, one is already down, and I just received an email that the other person is taking my piece off of her blog. Thank you so much for your attention, your information which allowed me to find my stolen work so easily, and mostly just for being so nice!
Great to hear that the offending sites removed your content!
This happened to me too. A friend of mine found it by chance on someone else's blog. This person had set up a blog as part of his college work and all of the pieces on there were stolen from other places. His own English was almost non-existent but all the articles on the blog were good English.
Don't they think that if they present the blog as their own for marks for their college course that the tutor will notice a difference? This person took my work down then put it back again later because he said that the technical know-how and not the articles themselves were marked. I put some comments on the site telling him that work needs to be referenced. I will try and get it taken off again.
But that is the problem with having work on a public site. It is easy to steal.
You're not so bad yourself! I hope things are going OK for you, sending positive light your way!
I've been ripped off too, but by a different site and they took it down. The Hubteam was a tremendous help. I find Hummingbird's comment about the blog very interesting. It's happening all over. Maybe not the outright stealing so much, though that too, but what I'm referring to specifically is bloggers who can't write a simple sentence buying the posts on their blogs. Since I'm retiring from education, I have been doing articles on line for sale.
I have been shocked to the bone over the last few months to discover how many reputable blogs buy posts and then present them as their own, which is legal because they bought it. However, while it may be legal, it has certainly raised significant doubts in my mind as to how trustworthy any blog is. Just my opinion here, but any blog I follow, I expect the author to actually write the majority of the posts. After finding more than one article I wrote and sold at blogs I follow presented by the site owner as their own, I simply will no longer follow those sites. I think more and more people are snapping to what is going on. Over time, I think and I hope we will see those types of blogs failing.
I was really shocked, because one of the pieces ripped off was my best performing hub, and one of my favorites. You know how sometimes you write a piece, and you know it's pretty good, but then you go on to write something you are really proud of? That's how I felt about that piece. Two other things that bothered me were 1). I wrote the piece in 1/11, and it had been stolen by the end of that month! A few people even commented that it seemed a little familiar, as my niche is popular. 2). I have a blog and remind everyone of it on any piece I write, and the person just copied and pasted that too, so it looked like her blog! I was lucky to be able to contact them and ask them to take the pieces down, and hope it doesn't happen so much in the future.
@Kenneth, you make so many people smile every day !
I found one of my hubs and a ton of other hubs and Hub Tutorials on another site. Everyone should check this site: www.financeforpeoples.com
It is a site hosted by crazydomains.com.au and the owner of the site is in China. I have contacted Hubpages admin about it as well.
This site is only one of many - we got it (and the others) removed by the host last month, but it's back again with a new (and less responsive) host. See the various threads on which you will find a list of the sites.
I do wish HP would sticky these original threads - clearly, despite myself and others "bumping" the threads every week or so, the message isn't being seen.
Incidentally, HP can't take action to close the sites down - it's our responsibility as it's our content.
I know the hubs are our responsibility but I thought the tutorial content that has been copied belonged to Hubpages. Live and learn - thanks for the info.
ugh this is so frustrating, I can't believe that people are still discovering the financefor peoples.com content thief for the first time. It's been going on for over a month and a lot of people don't know about it yet. I wish there was some way to let the good people on hubpages know about this....
I thought there was a running list of offenders who steal our work, but when I looked for it I was unable to find it. I am sure it exists somewhere here on HP. It was made so if your work was stolen, as many of us have experienced, we would at least have a list of the parties that steal and could keep an eye on them. Does anyone recall where that list is? I looked on a bunch of forums before I posted here.
Wow! Writers are not safe anymore from their work being stolen. And I would reckon that sometimes those that steal someone else's work don't even plan to take it down after their contacted by the original writer..
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