I am also one of the HP victims of whole scale plagiarism. This is becoming very rampant. All at our expense. Is it possible that HP disables "copy&paste" feature to prevent plagiarism? I have come across a few websites that prevent readers to "copy&paste". With this "no copy & paste" I am sure plagiarism will be reduced drastically.
Actually, that won't help. People who steal content usually do it from the code. (Go to any webpage and right-click on your mouse. You'll see the option to view the page source. If you click on that, you see the entire coding of the webpage and all of the text and images are there for anyone to copy.)
I suggest you put a copyright notice at the bottom of your Hubs. This is the wording I use:
Copyright © WriterFox™. All Rights Reserved.
This will help somewhat, because some people think HP is an article site where copying is allowed. I also include a sentence to 'contact the author' if someone wants to use an image. (I often get requests from people who want to use my images for a school project or YouTube video, etc., through the link I give – which is just a link to the fan mail, which in your case would be: http:// goodguy.hubpages.com/#email --- without the spaces!)
The Copyright notice will NOT prevent all copying of your article, which is a huge problem with publishing on HP. You have to factor-in the time you will spend in filing DMCA notices to determine if publishing here is worthwhile to you.
Thanks Writer Fox. If they can do it on HP, they can do it on any site. Not publishing in HP doesn't solve this problem; isn't it?
I shall add the copyright notice in due course.
That happena in ezine too. Most of my articles have been copy pasted with keywods inserted, that sells underwear and sex aids! Wheww.....
We strongly suggest using the Copyright notice tool built into the HubTool as opposed to inserting text with a copyright notice in Hubs.
Why? The HP notice is so tiny that no one can see it right down the bottom of the page remote from the text itself. HP staff don't appear to use it.
Hi janderson99 - speaking of stolen hubs, you are one of the hubbers I noticed whose material has been copied at sarenvers(dot)com. You may want to check this forum:
Sorry, I don't remember which hub of yours I saw there.
Good Guy: The process WriterFox described can be used at any website so no matter where you publish your material (your own website, a blog site, etc) it can still be copied easily by anyone who knows how to access the source code. In fact, that's how the scammers out there produce webpages that look exactly like legitimate banking and other service sites. By copying the source code the entire page looks exactly like the original.
I hope one day some Smart Alecks can come out with something to prevent this daylight robbery.
There is a way to prevent copying and pasting from the code. When my BIL first taught me html, he told me to copy the code and then change what I wanted for my own site. He thought that was the quickest way to learn. I found out quickly that you can't copy the code from many sites. That was years ago, so the technology to prevent it has been around for years.
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