I noticed some folks have been posting copyright infringing websites or the location of a content thief on such a website where our hubpages content is found. I believe that's only going to help boost their web traffic, provide a backlink for them and the likes.
We don't want to help them improve their standing on the web folks.
On another note, lets hope those infringing sites gets taken down if the infringing parties choose not to respond appropriately once folks manage to alert them of their wrong doing. Who doesn't get tired of all this content theft stuff, its so senseless and just frustrates us all if anything.
How can we prevent from fellow hubbers from doing such a thing in these forums? Anyone?
Just curious on this curious forum. How do we know they are dirty rotten low down infringers? Is there a trick I do not know about --- like normally the last to find out.
When you find your original content plagiarized on their site.
Now I get it. It makes sense I did not know, who would copy my stuff ;-)
But on the serious side Relache is 100% correct, many of these folks may just be ignorant to the online rules and all because they never take the time to read anything, nor do they have any time to when they're so busy stealing everyone's content in the first place. There are endless reasons and possibilities to why anyone would steal anything online. (Especially those silly fake hubber types who join our community here, simply to get a plug into the hubpages profile areas and to plug away at probing and finding our juicy stellar hubs.)
To find and locate them is tough today, but the page to find the buggers is on its way for sure, I use to flag them dudes after trying to talk some sense into their false profiles inbox area, they are usually going to have a 0 hubber score and no hubs at all mostly and been here for a very long time, some of the others may load up 1-10 overly promotional hubs and decide to go the hub theft route. That is what it looks like, and so I call it for what it is bro! (Not every low scoring hubber is like that though, but one has to wonder what are they doing as well. Suspicious activities equate to suspicious behaviors and its not hard to detect once navigation has improve to locate them all.)
One denominating fact we all know is that they seek to earn income from off of our hard laboring processes of hub writing, they may even be scraping these forums for our intelligible feedback if we are to serve any up for and towards one another posting here. Don't put it past these fools.
I do not know, dearest Mike, but I do know that hubber Chris in Hawaii has written awesome hubs on this very issue just recently. They are very helpful in understanding all of these important issues. Thanks for always thinking of us and our rights to our hubs. Or maybe, possibly, HP could make it an issue or violation for hubbers to do such? Just a thought.
Yes indeed Faith, maybe the Hubpages Staff can implement it as a ruling here, and onto the "Post A Reply" area and also the Forums post areas before launching one. You know where we are to look towards the left of the screen here, and before choosing to post our forums up and all.
We shall see, because providing links to those sites also can lead us to malicious websites as well, which is very dangerous for sure.
Im glad this thread played out. I was afraid Id done something wrong by posting a pic from my FB acct. lol
As has been suggested elsewhere, having a permanently stickied thread on the subject would help. This could be closely moderated, so if some ended up posting a live link, because they are unaware of how or why to avoid this, it could be rapidly changed into an inactive mention of the site in question.
Yes! Please stop giving the content thieves backlinks.
I hope the most recent sites get taken down soon, I am at my wit's end
Help me get this straight. Some people steal/copy content from HP writers, then create a hub just to send traffic over to where they posted the stolen work?
But then wouldn't HP idle the original hub where the writing was stolen from, and doesn't Adsense and any PPV/PPC program disallow or charge back on the infringers?
And doesn't copyscape create a scenario where no one would make money because it is copied?
A live link to a website is considered a backlink. It means people can access the website by clicking on the link. Backlinks are one of the ways google uses to determine the usefulness of a site. We don't want to create backlinks to sites with stolen content because it gives those sites a boost. You would think copied content would not rank well on google or that people stealing content wouldn't be able to get adsense accounts. Sadly, that isn't always the case. And even if the thief loses adsense they can still use stolen content to makes sales on amazon, etc.
Ditto, Ericdierker. I've been confused about the same since I've been here and still don't get it. I see that copyscape logo on several hubber's hubs. Why aren't we all using it and why isn't it built into hp? I'm clueless.
Copyscape is an online plagiarism checker (see link in my reply to Eric above) that some people use - there is a free version and a paid version. Some hubbers think that inserting a copyscape logo into their hubs will deter thieves. It may deter someone who might be tempted to copy and paste the content of your hub, though that is debatable in itself.
It definitely does not prevent scrapers stealing your content. So adding that image is pretty pointless.
It's a bit like putting a sticker on your purse that says "please don't steal me". Thieves aren't going to pay the slightest bit of attention to it!
You are making something simple far too convoluted and losing the important points along the way!
The message is this: if you find a website that has stolen your content, do not post a *live* link to the site in the forums. This is because a live link could benefit the thief.
No one has said anything about creating a hub to send traffic to stolen content!
Copyscape is simply an online service you can choose to use to check the web for copied content. Have a look at their website here: http://www.copyscape.com/
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