Today I found one of my hubs copied on another site. From a quick look, I imagine that the whole blog is compiled from copied articles. It's a WordPress blog Reality Inspiration. Clearly her inspiration comes from the reality of other people's hard work!
There is definitely one other copied hub on there, as well as my own on chapped lips. She seems to go for beauty/lifestyle articles, so if you write on these subjects you might want to check.
So far I have left a comment asking for my work to be removed, if it isn't very shortly I will contact WordPress admin.
To find out if an article has been copied, simply type a few of the beginning text into the google search engine. All of the articles that have those keywords will populate.
If the URL or internet address is something other than the hubpage address, then the article has been copied. Hubpages should look into even the writer not having access to the copy and paste feature that is used to transfer text from one site to the other.
Yahoo Contributor Network has the tool installed where the text can not be copied and paste not even by the author himself. Blocking the copy and paste feature on the writing site has caused the writer to used Microsoft Word to draft original articles.
Such a practice of blocking the copy and paste feature would stop much of the "hubsnatching."
Yea some people likes to Blog by sharing others articles. It can actually help you if the person who copied puts a backlink to the original article. This could help you get a Backlink and return traffic the original writers. Now if you do not like that i recommend you contact the Blogger and send him/her an email to stop copying your articles. You could also file copyrighted appeal.
Don't mind people sharing by mentioning your article and giving a backlink - that's lovely. But completely copying the article and putting their name at the bottom of it is not useful. For one thing it creates a duplicate content issue, for another it robs you of page views and finally its just downright rude!
Yes as long as they acknowledge you as the author or put a link I think its ok...good publicity. However I have seen people do the same thing and claim as there own. I thin it is ok if they use your work as inspiration for there writing and change it to make it there own.
No...it is NOT ok if they acknowledge you as the author without asking if they can use your article. Inspiration is okay just as long as they don't spin your article... just changing it to your own is not okay. Plagiarism is also defined as "close imitation."
tnvrstar - A Blogger cannot copy a hub. They can however write a new article or summary, which supports the hub and then create a link, but It is NEVER ok to copy any of the hub text. Title yes - text no.
I'm currently having an issue with a couple of authors that are featuring my hub in theirs as an additional resource (this is fine and an honor) BUT they are copying my entire first paragraph as a summary (not fine). I'm afraid it will trigger the bots as copied content.
Whenever I promote or feature somebody else's work in one of my hubs or blogs I always write a new summary or review of my own to promote their work. The only thing I copy is the Title, which I link back.
Becky - I clicked the link to Google support you posted and it came back "Page Not Found." I'd love to get that page, for future reference. Can you re-post it? Or feel free to contact me directly. Thanks!
Good work! I'm so glad Google is responding quickly to these requests. I think this will have a BIG effect on content thieves and it might even create more jobs for online writers. Thank you for posting Google's reply.
WF, I've been filing DMCA requests with Google for a few years now and they've always responded fairly quickly. Site like Wordpress.com, GoArticles and a few other rev-sharing sites respond quickly too. It hasn't had any major effect on content thieves so far, so I don't see why that should change.
All we can do is keep being vigilant about checking for plagiarism on our own stuff. It's an ongoing job.
Good for you that you found your own content copied by others. ohh plagiarism! They are so mean thinking that you worked hard for your content and yet it was just copied by someone else and claiming that they own that article. Gee.
What others are allowed to do is quote a few sentences and then link to your article. If someone has posted your entire article, then I agree with UninvitedWriter that it is wrong and is considered intellectual property theft and a violation of your copyright.
I found one of my hubs on 5 different sites and one of them are Italian.!! It is difficult when I don´t speak Italian to know where to send the email. Is it worth the struggle to find the email address or should I try Google instead? The sites are: blogetery.com, myblog.it, bravejournal.com, blog.com, edublogs.org Most of them have copied the entire hub, word by word! Unbelievable, I get so tired....
One of my hubs was copied (spinned) by a wordpress author. I completed the DMC report at Wordpress and spoke with one of their administrators via email. The articles was gone soon after I proved that it was my own. I periodically enter my hub titles in the browser, not only to see how they're doing (ranking), but to see if my article has been copied by another.
I assume you mean Wordpress.com? They are very quick to act if you report plagiarism. GoArticles is another site that's efficient in deleting copied stuff - you don't even need to send them a DMCA, a simple email is enough.
I did a search on google on one very special word in my hub, and saw that there were so many articles! Even if my hub was first, the other five came after. Apparently, they have been there for a long time! I left a comment on some of them with a request that they take away the article, but nothing has happened. Except that my comments are gone! So now, I send a complaint to google. It is good to have someone like all you on hub pages to ask!
winterfate, the same guy stole one of my hubs on the same day. I found it last night. I left a scathing comment telling him to immediately remove the content in the comment section with a link to my original hub. I also contacted the site owner basically saying the same thing. The article was removed immediately.
Try leaving a comment on the page with a link to your original article and demand that he take it down immediately.
Please post on this forum when you get a response from Google. Another Hubber has reported an immediate response from Google and Google de-indexed the offending site! Let us know if this works for you, too.
I just joined i have a dumb question or correct me if im wrong Im new to this.... So the idea is to do up a hub video or whatever and the ads that are flashing if you or whoever buys whatever they are selling. They give you a taste of the sale right? Im a big time newbie
Oh, I already did IzzyM. Thing is, Google hasn't done anything yet (they might have a backlog of investigation requests or something). So, in the meantime, I'm trying to see if I can get it taken down the nice way.
If they won't listen to me, I'm pretty sure they'll listen to Google.
@rebekahELLE: I'll go contact the direct owner of Gameolosophy then.
I didn't heard any results from google about my complaint but now when I did a search, all the sites that previously had my article copied was gone!! Fantastic, it works! I am so grateful for all the help in this forum thread, Thanks all :-)
After so many comments on this forum, I just wrote a Hub titled "Content Theft." I put all the information I use for detecting plagiarism, responding to plagiarism and preventing plagiarism. I also included some methods of finding your stolen content that you might not have heard about before. Hope this helps everyone. If you have another source to add, just post it in the comments.
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