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?
That would be like a dream come true. Hope dreams come true.
The reality is that if a web page can be read, then the person essentially has a copy on their computer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate your input and advice.
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