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Hubs being stolen

  1. JohnMello profile image96
    JohnMelloposted 23 months ago

    Is it possible for HubPages to offer more protection against Hub theft? My articles keep being copied and pasted on other sites. Could you make it so the bad guys can't simply copy-and-paste the information?


    1. sallybea profile image98
      sallybeaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      That would be like a dream come true.  Hope dreams come true.

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image78
      Matthew Meyerposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      The reality is that if a web page can be read, then the person essentially has a copy on their computer.
      Disabling copy and paste can be done, but it just blocks it via javascript and a person could disable javascript or simply copy the content from the page source. This really only affects casual readers who would like to copy a portion to share the Hub on social media for example.

      In addition the vast majority of Hubs are not copied using copy and paste, but are use bots which are not affected by copy and paste being disable in the browser.

      1. sallybea profile image98
        sallybeaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks for clarifying that Matthew.

  2. Gloriousconfusion profile image86
    Gloriousconfusionposted 23 months ago

    My problem is that, having discovered that several of my language hubs had been copied, I was unable to understand the HubPages instructions for what I could do about it.  I'm not stupid and followed them up to a point, but was then unable to find out how to get them taken down or report the content thief to the appropriate organization - in fact I couldn't find out who the organization actually was.

    1. sallybea profile image98
      sallybeaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      You could try making a request in the forum pages, add the URL with a dot in the middle so that the thief does not get any more clicks than he should.   There is always someone willing to help.

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      What I did was to make a copy of the DMCA complaint letter and save it.  You can find a copy of it in the Learning Center.  There are also copies online that will work.

      When an article is copied, I go to "Who Is" to find out the email address of the host/and or person who plagiarized my work.

      Once I have that in hand, I can input the URL information into the letter, make a copy for myself an then email the original to the host or perpetrator.

      If they are in the US, that usually is enough.  If they are overseas, contact the team to find out if they honor DMCA complaints or not.  If they do, use the same process I use.

      Once you have it set up, it only takes a few minutes to do, but it seems to work pretty well for me.

    3. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      There is a hub on my profile carousel with detailed instructions on finding owners/hosts.  I find that filing with the hose is far more effective.

    4. Suzanne Day profile image98
      Suzanne Dayposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I have a hub on dealing with stolen hubs - you might find it useful in explaining all the different bits you can do. But don't worry about the Google Authorship as it has died.

  3. JohnMello profile image96
    JohnMelloposted 22 months ago

    Thanks everyone, I really appreciate your input and advice.