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Why does it say duplicate in red on my last hub?

  1. Sher Lessons profile image60
    Sher Lessonsposted 5 years ago

    I am fairly new to writing hubs. I wrote one today and included a poem that I wrote about 12 years ago. Why does it say duplicate in red? This is my work! I posted this poem on a poetry site about 10 years ago with my name. So how do I fix this problem? Thank you in advance your any help.

    Sher Lessons
    Sherry Roberts

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Because it has already been posted on the internet this warning is posted to your account.  Unless you expect to make money on this piece, it will not hurt you except for your score.

      This signal may also alert you to others who have copied your work.  If I am wrong, rest assured someone will correct me.

      1. relache profile image86
        relacheposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        What you are talking about are two entirely different scenarios.

        The red "duplicate" shows on the stats dashboard if work you publish here is found to have been published previously somewhere else on the internet, and duplicate work will have a negative impact on your HubScore.

        If work you publish here first is plagiarized (copied) elsewhere, you will see a red copyright symbol next to the Hub name, and your score is not penalized.  But it's a sign you need to go after the thieves with some notices of infringement if you wish to protect your copyrights.

        1. Sher Lessons profile image60
          Sher Lessonsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you both for responding.  I am really upset about being labeled with this. So even though it is my work because I put it on another site, that is not considered a good thing?   It is the word "duplicate" and it is in red.  Not a copyright symbol.  So does that mean I have to delete my own work in order to clear my name and this symbol?  Thanks again.


  2. relache profile image86
    relacheposted 5 years ago


    If you are upset with HubPages I think you need to take a moment and realize that it's your responsibility to read and understand the user agreement and terms of use that you accepted when you joined the site.  HubPages makes it very clear in their guidelines (i.e. the Terms of Use or the Learning Center or the FAQ) that they want original content on the site. 


    Whether you keep your duplicated content or not is entirely your choice.  HubPages says you can keep it, but there are conditions that go with that, and if you don't like those, then you'll have to make changes.

  3. Whitney05 profile image68
    Whitney05posted 5 years ago

    relache, not everyone has the ability to see the red copyright symbol. That is still only for select people. My dad has an account and has had it for several years, and he cannot see the symbols, nor does he have the option in his account page where the copied hubs tab is.

    More than likely, the hub in question has been posted elsewhere in addition to HP. That or there are similar lines and phrases in the hub that are elsewhere.

    1. lrohner profile image84
      lrohnerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, I didn't realize that not everyone could see them! Are you sure HP just didn't pick up any plagiarized text? I've had gobs of my hubs stolen (and since taken down, save for one), and only two of them were actually discovered by HP and given the copyright symbol in my account.