I found the awesome new tool for copy right infringement very helpful this afternoon when I tooned into my HubPages account. I have two hubs (so far) that have a tiny copy right symbol next to them. I clicked on these hubs and sure enough, they have been stolen and posted on other sites. I sent the form letter HP is kind enough to offer for just such things, to the contact at the site. So, we will see what happens with that. Now to actually file a complaint (w/Google or Feds), I need to fallow the other steps. Does anyone have any advice on managing the next steps? Thank you HubPages for adding this very courteous tool to our account management page, I would have never found these guys as they are not a site I would normally check for such violations. In case anyone is wondering, the thief in the online hen house is: (www) r1-forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=303958
They copied the hub as in "copy and paste" right into their site. Who new a hub on WD-40 would cause someone to steal? Thank you for the support-- Hubhugs to the room~ K9
Luise, I think you will only be able to find them should a violation to your work happen. If you are not seeing any ( a little copy right "c" in a circle) next to hubs listed under stats on your account page, then you are probably okay. Although, I do have another hub that has not been flagged as stolen yet, that is actually again copied exactly as is, to another site. But I am sure in time the notice will show up. Grrrr!
The software HP use to detect copied hubs is crap IMO. They have detected, over the past year, about 5 of my hubs that have been copied, but practically all them them have. I only found out when I followed Paul's advice to put the hub title into search to see what came up.
Each hub seemed to have loads of copies. and obviously while my subdomain is sandboxed, they all show above the original.
Google has two tools just now. One for reporting copyright infringements, and another for reporting scraped content.
The latter will not result in removal of scraped content but will help Google to finely tune their algorithm in future.
When I was checking out Copyscape, I noticed they have a number of free banners you can use that warn others you are protected by Copyscape. Of course that won't deter all content thieves, but at least it is a proactive step.
This sounds like a really good plan, a deterrent can serve at the very least as a warning that we (hubbers/authors) will file against perpetrators! Hopefully even a hesitation to be a thief may reduce the activity some. Thanks for sharing this L.L. Woodard!
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