Thank you hubpages for having a brilliant system that alerts me when some chuffing thieves rip off my content. And for providing me with a copy/paste DMCA notice to send the thieving toerags.
I've just got to find their contact details now, there's nothing on their site and nothing in who.is .... but I'm onto them!
grrrrrr @ lazy thieves.
I had a handful of notifications from HP too. One had nothing on their website to contact them. So I looked it up on WHOIS and it at least provided me with the host. I wrote the host of the website. Nothing has been done yet, but it's been about 24 hrs and it's a weekend.
It's frustrating when someone copies your hard work.
...ohhhh...guess I better pay attention....the odd time when I read a hub, i might 'copy and paste' a few words from the hub when i'm posting a comment to it....i'm just pointing out something - referencing a phrase or something...i won't do that anymore!
That's not what we're referring to. In my case, entire hubs are being copied and being placed on other websites as if they were written by someone else. Not cool with me at all.
...no not cool...i was thinking that even if i did what i did, that it would send a notification to the hub writer...and inadvertently bring attention to the hub...maybe it does, maybe it doesn't....good to know tho that the notification is in place at least.
SomewayOuttaHere when you copy and paste just a few words to post a comment, you are only referencing what was said, now it's always important to list the person, their work, and exact source (ie. page number, title, date written) to whom you are referencing especially if you are making a reference to the author, on your personal web site, blog, or what ever.
Anyone who copies a whole piece of work and does not list the source of the piece of work is violating copyright laws (plagiarizing) and can be fined a minimum of $15,000 if found guilty.
This is entire hubs. Seven of them I've got.
Three appear to be two related websites, without contact info.
One was an answer in Answers.Yahoo (voted best answer too!) that somebody'd copied/pasted my stuff - the irony was that I couldn't comment as my account was shut down on there for spamming my links (I did it about 3x in 200 answers).
One was shelfari.com in their forums, somebody copied/pasted my whole hub.
One was somebody copying/posting most of it into a forum at moneysavingexpert.com
Other one did have the Source, but that was hidden in a link that just said "source" .... and I was able there to at least go into the comments and just say "Yeah, I read about this a few months ago on ....MY URL..... - it's cool". So two backlinks from there now - and mine was full/obvious.
Edit: oops... wrong username ... I am the OP
One of my recipe hubs was copied in its entirety in a forum post at shelfari too. Did they remove the post with your hub? I just found mine this weekend, and have not heard back yet.
Oh my...isn't there a way to put a stop to that. I would also be pissed if someone did that to me. They have to deal with what they did, it will follow them everywhere . There conscience knows and god knows. I say what comes around goes around. Sorry for you though, writing good articles and getting them stolen. How aweful.
It might be helpful to list a Copyright date at the beginning or end of your hub to try to prevent people from stealing your work, also once you do that if someone does steal your work you will have a better case in court when you file a copyright infringement and plagiarizing law suite
Blogs are the best, because you can pretend you are Google in their blogs comments and describe the potential punishment...this works for me....occasionally you will get a fool who thinks they are untouchable but no one is untouchable when copied content is concerned!
I have about 20!!!
I will have a DMCA day soon, just out of principle, to see where that gets me.
A few of the sites are Chinese, so no chance. But there is one particularly blogger blog which has stolen SIX of my hubs. They are going down, I will also hunt for other hubpages on there.
Me too.. I have 47 hubs copied. Every now and then I have my DMCA day, and it looks like today is that day. Most of mine are copied to Yahoo Answers, which get taken care of quickly.
Sometimes, Google is just slow and sometimes I send the same ones in multiple times. I'll end up getting the first removed and the duplicate complaints saying the page can't be found.
Most of mine that have been copied are the same old ones that Google won't fix, or where it's copied one one page of one site, but shows with different links to the same place. I occasionally have new ones.
Edit: Just sent my email to Yahoo with 17 copied hubs, and I missed two, where one hub was copied three times. New email.
Keep it up. It is tedious.
The two websites that have ripped off 3 of my hubs have taken a full 3 days' work from me because that's how long it took me to sit and research and write them!
They don't have Adsense, their website is purely about stuff that I was writing about in my hubs. A very valuable resource it was.
So I need to get to the bottom of that.
ISP writing time I think.
I'll write to their ISPs. That should get a result
I'm happy for them to pay me for the hubs. I figure £150/page is fair .... does that sound about right? I might start at £300 and see if they bite
Some of my hubs were copied too, one was copied with all my pictures. I didn't know then about DMCA, so I just posted a comment
there that the material was copied from my blog, etc. Now I can't find this page, so hopefully, it was taken care of.
But other case is more damaging. My only commercial hub that brings me some revenue was copied word by word on a site that sells this product. My AdSense earnings went down quite noticeably and Amazon sales almost seized. The site is located in China, no contact information on the site. I filed a complaint with Google. I'll see what happens.
If a blog at Blogger takes your stuff, you can use this form:
http://www.google.com/support/blogger/b … nfringment
To notify Blogger directly.
It's about 95% faster than filing a standard DMCA.
Of the four DMCAs I filed over the weekend, one has been removed, one (Amazon Answers) has notified me that they are in the process of having it removed, but it is currently still there and I'm still waiting to hear on the other two.
The one that has one of my top earning seasonal (Halloween) hubs is Bloggerparty(dot)com and I couldn't find an email or "contact us" for them. I ended up writing GoDaddy on them since they provide the web hosting for that site.
Have you tried contacting thisisoli?
He is pretty good at tracking down site owners etc.
Good idea! I think I'll do that! Thanks!
I ended up emailing Oli today and he promptly sent me some info on the owner, including an email. I fired off the DMCA notice to the email address. I just got home and checked and it's been less than 12 hours and the duplicate content is gone. Thank you so very very very much Oli!!!! I have emailed HP with the email address for bloggerparty.com so that if any of you end up having duplicate content found there they'll already have the address of who to write to have it removed.
Watch this site for your stuff--I just found a word for word one of mine.
Seems to have been a busy period for the chuffing thieves.
I'm happy to report that I was able to get 2 different "chuffed hubs" taken down this weekend.
One was on Xomba and the other on Viewpoints.com.
I sent Maddie Ruud the contact info for both sites.
Started to write "woo hoo" but then realized how ridiculous that is. These pirates should be made to walk the plank!
I have been busy this weekend doing the same thing - one of the sites allowed me to sign in and post un-moderated comments. So I thanked everyone for all their positive comments, and stated that the post above had been copied from my web site, etc. I also posted the URL of the copied hub.
That particular web site did take that post down the next day (today), but I am still waiting on another - so far
Good luck to you!
So is there a sudden surge in people copying Hubs?
Or have the filters been fine tuned more and caught them?
Got my first DMCA reply from the bunch I sent out Sunday to Blogger, and one has been taken down.
Maybe we oughta get symbols like WW1 pilots for every site you take down that steals something.
Take down enough and become an Ace.
Wow, is it usually that fast? I sent one to Blogger on Saturday, but I haven't seen anything yet.
if it is a Chinese site and can't contact their webmaster it keeps on bouncing -- my email, what will I do?
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