Well, just checked this morning and I have 41 copied hubs showing in my stats right now.
I'm just wondering with hardly any time to write hub & none really to slap a DMCA complaint, I wonder whom I contact, as some do not even have adsense ads showing.
Any ideas how to go about getting them off the sites?
I feel your frustration, Rajan. A lot of my hubs have been copied, too. In most cases, to thwart it, anything you do will be futile. If I can find contact information of the author, I make one attempt to contact them to have the copied content taken down. I have only been successful with that one time. Most copy thieves really don't care about the fact that they are stealing. Most of the time, the thieves do not leave a way to be contacted. I try to find out who is hosting their blog or website. And, for instance, if their blog is a Blogger account, I go directly to Google and file a complaint. I have been successful with that. Or, if their website is hosted by a reliable company like Weebly, I have had success with that. The truth is, I don't spend a lot of time with this issue because in the majority of cases, I don't have success fighting with thieves. I've settled my mind to be less agitated by it all because bad people exist in the world and I don't want to spend all of my time dealing with them. With 41 copied hubs, Rajan, you have your work cut out.
What do you mean by "copied hubs" Rajan?
How do they actually show up in your stats - and which stats are you looking at?
I have copied hubs too,not nearly as many as you do, but all the same they are copied from start to finish. I wrote to the sites and to DMCA with no results so I just let them be. I didn't know what else to do. It doesn't seem to be hurting things.
I have to agree. I just don't have the time to try and track them down. I had one that I did battle with, though. My Hub was copied, including my original photos! This was found on a blog. It took me almost two months to finally get the writer to remove it.
The first time it happened to me, years ago, I was able to get it removed, this time....no luck so I just gave up.
Mary, I wish I had time to pursue these thieves. I think I'll try to do what chef-de-jour says - to file DMCA for hubs on whom I have lost high traffic first.
I did get a few copied ones removed earlier on when I had some time on hand filing with Google straight. I'll try filing with Google on priority basis, as chef-de-jour says, maybe one a day or as time permits.
Traffic loss is a certainty if a hub is copied.
If they're all copied you've got your work cut out to file a DMCA for each one, especially as you say you don't have time. In that case, I'd try and prioritise - if some of your hubs are really suffering traffic-wise then I'd file a DMCA (via Google, not a difficult process) for those specific sites. Not sure of the link at this moment but you can find it easy enough with a brief search of forums.
It's good for morale if you can chase these sites up and get the stolen copy taken down.
I wish you well.
If it makes you feel better, I had a hub of mine copied on an international EFL site. I emailed the person in charge of that site and they said they would chase it up. The article was taken down. Two months later it happened again!
I went to Weebly - who powered their site - and filled in an abuse form. My article is no longer on there, in fact I can't find the site anymore when I Google their name!
Go to whois and follow through to get the nameserver; get to raw registrar data and you'll see an email of the host starting abuse@................ send an email and make sure you threaten to take strict action if your articles are not taken down.
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