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Do you fancy doing a little sleuthing?

  1. sallybea profile image96
    sallybeaposted 2 years ago

    I challenge you to type your Profile name + HubPages into a search engine.  You might be very surprised to discover what it reveals.
    I put a few names of people who are well known on these forums into Google.  Just one line of their work and name will appear in a Google search engine but click on the links and you will be taken to a site, not their own but that of another person selling anything from spread betting to clip art for profit.

    Now it is your turn

    1. Shinkicker profile image88
      Shinkickerposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I did this and it was interesting. I saw  quite a few of my links quoted in other pages, not stolen but just quoted. Nice to know some of my hubs get shared

      1. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Hmm many of these quotes are being used to entice people in to sell something completely unrelated to the quote.

    2. csmiravite-blogs profile image85
      csmiravite-blogsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Yep. I saw some of my work in HubPages, and one site that mentioned my name. It was grouped with lots of unrelated links. I don't know whatever it is for,  as my readers would not be interested on those links.

      1. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        That is what I find, a small piece of my work is being used to entice people into sites which are completely unrelated to my subject, usually the person trying to sell their own products.

    3. Faith Reaper profile image87
      Faith Reaperposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, I know, for a good while ago, I became quite disturbed for I had typed Faith Reaper on HubPages and saw my normal page here on HP, but then I started scrolling down and found sites who actually are using my hubber name and using HubPages, but there are no links to anything I write, and what they have written has nothing to do with me or anything I write.  I would not write such and plus some are, as you have stated, trying to sell stuff using our hubber name and HubPages title!!!  I call it fraud and misrepresentation.  But as soon as you find one, there is another one out in the world!  Very upsetting to me, for I do not want my name to be used on something that is not me and certainly something I would never support!

      1. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Beautifully summed up, that is exactly what I found..  What to do about it is the question:)  Don't think there is much one can do.

    4. brakel2 profile image86
      brakel2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      The first time I tried it, nothing came up except my stuff. Then I realized if you keep scrolling, more pages come up. Then it started to happen. The first one was a hub quoted partially on a hairstyle article, I went no further, as it made me sick that folks are using our hubs to advertise their own information and products. I know we can't do much about it, but they could at least put links to our hubs. The Internet has gone wild. I need to check out Bing and Yahoo.

  2. Elderberry Arts profile image96
    Elderberry Artsposted 2 years ago

    I got links to my actual hubs but also to other pages that had quoted or shared my hubs. It was mainly one hub which is also my most popular.

    1. sallybea profile image96
      sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Have you taken a piece of your most popular hub and put it into a Google search engine?

      1. Jayne Lancer profile image90
        Jayne Lancerposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Yes.

        I'm most annoyed by a hairdressing salon in Beverly Hills that has copied about a third of one of my hubs on its website. I discovered it by entering random sentences from various hubs into Google. The salon has kept the article up despite a DMCA notice and multiple emails, including two to the website hosting provider.

        I did report this to Google, and the salon's website no longer appears in search results, but it's still very annoying to see my words on that website. They've also used photos of Katie Holmes, Helen Mirren and Gordon Ramsey to illustrate the effects that can be achieved when applying the hairdressing techniques explained (by me) in the article. There is no mention of me being the author, nor is there a link to the original article. The audacity of it!

        1. relache profile image88
          relacheposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I've never not been able to get a site to take material down.  Have you filed a Notice Of Infringement with the domain registrar? (Where the hair salon registered their name)

          1. Jayne Lancer profile image90
            Jayne Lancerposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks for that. The only notice I sent was to the salon, while complaining to the host, which is listed by whois. com as also being the registrar. I'll get to work on it again. This started some time ago, and I finally gave up out of frustration.

          2. sallybea profile image96
            sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I have just found another stolen one - the person is using Blogroll - do you perhaps know where I can file that one.  This particular person even has had someone post a DMCA on their Blog for the world to see and they have taken no notice of it at all.

            1. Writer Fox profile image75
              Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              What is the URL?

              1. sallybea profile image96
                sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                My pictures to painting which has been stolen by two separate people - one twice as below.  The lower one I filed a DMCA but there was no outcome.

                http://kauyoreemkg6m dot mywapblog dot com/pictures-to-painting-turn-your-photograp.xhtml
                http://kauyoreemkg6m dot mywapblog dot com/atom.xml

                http://sfhqeelley dot dot blox.pl/html

                1. Writer Fox profile image75
                  Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Mywapblog is hosted by an American company.  Just send a normal DMCA request to the host: core.desk@hostdime.com

                  Blox.pl is a huge company in Poland and I'm sure it will honor your request.  In the subject line of your email put:  Copyright Infringement
                  Begin your email to them with this:

                  Pursuant to The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, to which Poland is a signatory, and the provisions of the Act of 4 February 1994 on Copyright and Related Rights Act of 27 July 2001, this communication serves as a statement that:

                  Then, just use the normal wording for a DMCA request.

                  Send the email to the host at: pomoc@agora.pl

                  Remember that both of these are the hosts and not the actual plagiarists.

                  1. sallybea profile image96
                    sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    Writer Fox,
                    Thank you I appreciate your help as always.
                    Will deal with these and then tackle a few more of the other outstanding ones which I have thus far not been able to shift.

        2. tirelesstraveler profile image86
          tirelesstravelerposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          In the case of the hair salon,  I wonder if a bad Yelp review would help you?

          1. Jayne Lancer profile image90
            Jayne Lancerposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I have a vague recollection of a woman being sued for leaving a bad review on Yelp. Apparently, reviews shouldn't be completely negative, which hers was.

            Anyway, I sent a notice to the host/registrar this afternoon, but have run into the same problem I did last time I tried to contact them, as I now recall. They send an automated reply with a link to a form. The form asks for barely any information, and there's no opportunity to add information. They didn't respond last time I went through this, so I don't suppose they will this time. I'll send the notice off by snail mail in the morning.

          2. relache profile image88
            relacheposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I would only go this route if the plagiarized content were on Yelp, and even then, you'd get better results filing an infringement complaint with Yelp.

      2. Elderberry Arts profile image96
        Elderberry Artsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I have in the past and found it entirely copied. Which I eventually managed to get removed.

        I had a couple of links that where at a hairdressing site too but is just a muddle of titles and sentences.

  3. aesta1 profile image91
    aesta1posted 2 years ago

    I have stopped doing this as I just get mad. It is hard to report some of them because they take a paragraph and mix it up with others things but it bears your hubpage address which links to whatever. How do you report this?

    1. sallybea profile image96
      sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I wish I knew, even those who have the whole content seem impossible at times to get hold of.

  4. Sed-me profile image81
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    I tried it,but no one is interested in my hubs. If only I could get someone to steal my work.

    1. sallybea profile image96
      sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Time to change tactics then, you are going to have to give them exactly what they want.

      1. Sed-me profile image81
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Isn't that the secret? Figuring out what they all want? You know, even if I knew... I'd probably still write what interests me. (sigh)

        1. sallybea profile image96
          sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I think you have the right recipe, write what you enjoy writing.

    2. Huntgoddess profile image84
      Huntgoddessposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      LOL, yes, that is my situation also. Maybe not a problem, right?

  5. tillsontitan profile image92
    tillsontitanposted 2 years ago

    I checked on six links and they were all legitimate.  However, I'm having issues with my hub content being stolen.  I guess its a risk we take being on a public forum.

    1. sallybea profile image96
      sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I guess it is unfortunately, love your hub score:)

  6. Jodah profile image86
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    I checked mine Sally and all links were legit...either Hub Pages, Google+ etc. I'm lucky my type of writing doesn't seem to appeal to thieves.

    1. sallybea profile image96
      sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You are lucky Jodah.

  7. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 2 years ago

    Wow...there's a lot of gibberish out there using my name in vain! lol

    Many hubbers and I have our profiles on a site called Pearltrees.

    1. sallybea profile image96
      sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I took a look, at least there is a link to the actual hubs ............eventually.

    2. brakel2 profile image86
      brakel2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      My most popular hub has two pages of results. Some are links and some are at Japanese sites, and two are at sites that I cannot get into, and only part of the articles are outside the actual site. What about a hub that is hidden in the cloud? Is that possible? Writer Fox may have an answer for this one, or anybody.

      1. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I have the same issues.

        1. brakel2 profile image86
          brakel2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Sally, this is all so crazy. I am sorry you have similar problems. It just gets worse all the time. Good luck.

  8. Huntgoddess profile image84
    Huntgoddessposted 2 years ago

    OMG!! That's horrible.

  9. Huntgoddess profile image84
    Huntgoddessposted 2 years ago

    I do see a bunch of things that mention my profile name and HP, but they all seem to have proper attribution.

    There's something called, "SiteGlimpse" --- which I have no idea about? But, it's not doing much, I think?

  10. Robilo2 profile image79
    Robilo2posted 2 years ago

    Hey Sally - I tried both Bing and Google and the results returned are authentic so far... I have 15 hubs. 
    I have developed a habit that may help others here.  Whenever I publish an article on any site, I immediately add it to this free website submission tool: freewebsubmission.com.  I do this to initiate the search engines indexing my URLs for my own website pages too.  This will not help stop the plagiarism and copyright infringement..... but it should help prevent the Hubpage URL Impersonation problem.

    I am sure there are other free engine indexing sites out there.  I found this one 2 years ago when learning about SEO.  Hope this helps...

    1. brakel2 profile image86
      brakel2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Sounds good. I entered a popular username and found all sorts of weird entries including ads on FB for other sites and products using the HP user name. People have nerve getting business off other people's popularity. I guess it is done all the time, unfortunately. GRRRR.

  11. Uzochukwu Mike profile image59
    Uzochukwu Mikeposted 2 years ago

    I typed mine and noticed that some writers quoted my works in some of their articles.

    That is not bad anyway as they were just references.

    1. sallybea profile image96
      sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      They could have given a link to your actual page.

  12. tlcs profile image79
    tlcsposted 2 years ago

    Looking at the comments made in the discussion review I really am not going to look!

  13. Ramkitten2000 profile image92
    Ramkitten2000posted 2 years ago

    When searching Google, keep in mind that it will personalize your results unless you change your settings. So you'll naturally see your own hubs at the top of search results because you've visited your own hubs. But that's not necessarily what other people see.

    I wonder if some of those who are saying they see only their own hubs at the top of results aren't turning of that personalized feature.

    1. brakel2 profile image86
      brakel2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I always turn off the personalized feature, but I am sure some people don't know to do that. At one time, I would forget and then see my hubs from Google+ that disappeared when I turned off that feature.

  14. Jayne Lancer profile image90
    Jayne Lancerposted 2 years ago

    Just an update for anyone who might be interested: the article that was copied by a Beverly Hills hair salon has now been taken down. Having not reached anybody by email, I sent a DMCA Notice of Copyright Infringement by snail mail to the host/registrar and a copy to the salon.

 
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