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Plagiarism

  1. VioletteRose profile image88
    VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago

    Hi, I just found out that one of my hubs has been completely copied to another website.

    My hub was published in Feb and this is copied in April. I have checked the information on this and found that I have to first send an email to the infringing site for removing the content.

    However, the email format contains my personal information like name and address which I do not want to share. I am totally confused what to do now. Is there a way I can file the complaint without sharing my personal information with the site?

    I am sorry but I can't figure this out, can someone please advise?

    Thanks!

    1. Suzanne Day profile image97
      Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Unfortunately, unless you have another email address, they will see your details. Sending emails to site owners usually doesn't work either, they just ignore you 95% of the time.

      I wouldn't bother sending an email to the site, I'd report them to their host or do a Google DMCA. To find out what to do, visit my hub (4th one down) and deal with them much more quickly!

    2. Writer Fox profile image81
      Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Don't send it to the website, send it to the hosting service for the website.  To find out who is hosting the site, go here: http://www.whoishostingthis.com/

      Yes, you do have to give your name when you file the DMCA, but you can just use your Hubber name VioletteRose.

      1. VioletteRose profile image88
        VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Writer Fox, the site is hosted by Google. I agree, I think is better not to contact the website as I do not want to share my information. I still haven't decided anything on this though. Thanks for replying!

    3. alexadry profile image92
      alexadryposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I would also avoid writing to the website owner, I had some issues doing so in the past months. Not only it did't work, but those people wrote back in a rude manner, one accused me of "being unwilling to share content" the other told me I was arrogant, that the form was rude and that I should expect people to use my content when writing for Hubpages!!!  So I skip this step of being "nice" and go directly to reporting to the hosting company and then Google. When I send the form, I am lately just providing my name and e-mail so they can write back to me, I am not putting my home address which in my opinion is not needed at all.

  2. VioletteRose profile image88
    VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago

    Thanks Suzanne! Your hub is really useful. I am actually worried if the copied content will affect my hub, as I really do not want my hub to go unpublished because of duplicate content.

    1. Suzanne Day profile image97
      Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      It won't be unpublished. But if you're getting traffic, copies can dilute traffic, so best to get rid of them.

  3. VioletteRose profile image88
    VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago

    Thanks Suzanne. I feel quite relieved now!

  4. CatherineGiordano profile image91
    CatherineGiordanoposted 2 years ago

    What about opening a new email account just for this purpose.

    1. VioletteRose profile image88
      VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks CatherineGiordano. I actually have another email address that I can use, but I was actually more concerned about sending my real name and home address to the website. The email format suggested by hubpages have that information. Thank you for replying!

  5. chef-de-jour profile image90
    chef-de-jourposted 2 years ago

    I wish you well.Plagiarism is an ongoing issue I'm afraid.This has happened to me before and together with other fellow hubbers the culprits were dealt with via DMCAs. The momentum in the forums was key to success I think.
    WriterFox and the others have given you all the info you need so I can't add anything meaningful other than moral support. Please let us all know how you get on.

  6. VioletteRose profile image88
    VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago

    Thanks for the support! I will let you all know once this is solved.

  7. misterhollywood profile image93
    misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago

    You also want to fill out a Google Scrapper Report
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Pw1KVO … Y/viewform

    1. VioletteRose profile image88
      VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the link misterhollywood!

      1. Writer Fox profile image81
        Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        That link is only if you can prove that the plagiarist site is actually outranking yours for a search query.

  8. Solaras profile image91
    Solarasposted 2 years ago

    I have a question: a number have sites have taken the first 2 sentences from one of my hubs, and then they link back to my hub at HP.  Is this a good thing or are they up to no good? One site is Fireworks Online.

    Others have stolen the entire thing.

    1. alexadry profile image92
      alexadryposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Solaras, I don't see it necessarily as a negative thing. A website I used to write for actually showed in their terms of service that copying the articles in their entirety was  plagiarism, but it allowed people to copy the first 50 words to their website and place a link to read more at the bottom. I see the 50-word intro as a teaser that leads to people clicking on the "read more" link, a sort of free way to gain traffic.

    2. Writer Fox profile image81
      Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      If a site has stolen your entire Hub, file a DMCA notice and get the plagiarism removed.

      If a site has just posted two sentences and a link, that is great so long as the site is not about porn, gambling, etc.  Good links which you did not post yourself will help your Hubs rank on search results pages and you should be grateful for each and every one of them.

  9. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Solaras:  There is nothing wrong with that as far as plagiarism goes.  I use to write short quips and then add text link back to author's article. It is going to take someone with more knowledge about SEO, backlinking, no follow links, etc to answer as to whether this is a good thing to do or not considering how Google reacts to everything.

    The main reason I did it was to help writers that I knew, and because I was lazy. Why spend hours writing something that another person has done not only very well, but provided the very information I would have provided anyway.

  10. VioletteRose profile image88
    VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago

    I see that the score the hub has gone down from 81 to 72 in just one day, even if it is showing the red arrow for increased traffic. I guess it is because of the presence of duplicate content somewhere else.

  11. tazzytamar profile image88
    tazzytamarposted 2 years ago

    Hi VioletteRose I just wanted to say sorry that you're struggling with people stealing your content. Really hope you manage to get a good outcome!

  12. VioletteRose profile image88
    VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago

    Thank you tazzytamar!

  13. VioletteRose profile image88
    VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago

    Thank you tazzytamar!

  14. aerospacefan profile image87
    aerospacefanposted 2 years ago
  15. misterhollywood profile image93
    misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago

    Absolutely Alexadry - just report them. All they do when you write them directly is get nasty and defensive. I even had one turn around a steal more content from me just to be spiteful. And I'll just say again, everyone needs to use the Google a scrapper reporting tool!

    https://docs.google.com/a/google.com/fo … Y/viewform

  16. misterhollywood profile image93
    misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago

    Writer fox you are right about the link I provided. I'm just suggesting it be used in addition to the other reporting mechanisms. I've had tremendous success with that link in cases where someone was outranking me with a stolen hub's content.

  17. VioletteRose profile image88
    VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago

    Finally, I have confirmed that the content is removed from the blog where it was copied. But it is not yet updated in hubpages, as it is still showing as copied.

    Is it fine to just leave it like that?
    Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

    1. Dale Hyde profile image85
      Dale Hydeposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I asked this same question here about how long it takes for this warning to come down after it the copied article has been pulled.   http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/125797

      In that post I was given the information that it takes 30 to 90 days for the warning to come down off our stats page.

  18. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 2 years ago

    A valid infringement notice has to include your legal name and address so they are going to know that anyway.

  19. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Try to republish again  Then if the hub is flagged, I would contact team@hubpages.com.  Explain what happened.

    1. VioletteRose profile image88
      VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you, since the hub is still flagged I think I should contact the hubpages team.

  20. Dale Hyde profile image85
    Dale Hydeposted 2 years ago

    I use the below link to file DMCA complaints.  It works well.  It will work especially well if it is a Blogger blog that has your copied content.

    https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools … otice?rd=1

    Google is the only one seeing this information that you submit. 

    I rarely have had any luck with sending a request to the website owner. 

    There is another link out there somewhere for Wordpress blogs.  Wordpress will ask a few basic questions and then pull the page themselves, the same as Google with a Blogger blog.

    If the site is not hosted by Google or Wordpress the above link will have it pulled out of search results once they deem it is copied content.

  21. VioletteRose profile image88
    VioletteRoseposted 2 years ago

    Thank you so much, I will wait for 30 to 90 days and see if its getting updated. Thanks again for all the replies on this, they were all really helpful to me!

 
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