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We all have goals. Mine seems to be providing high quality online content for people to read and steal. Don't confuse me with venerable writer Mark Ewbie who dominates BubbleWs.com concurrently with this place. We both use a keyboard but not concurrently the way it's accomplished on NCIS.

Regularly I delve into the muck of online content piracy. HubPages kindly provides links to those who would pass off my crud as their own. It's bad enough as original dreck: who needs to recycle it?

Of course we petition Google to digitally slap down offenders. That works really well if the bad guys speak English and live in a country where they don't unelect presidents by shooting them. Mostly, filing a DMCA claim becomes an exercise in copy/paste. Nothing happens beyond carpal tunnel.

Scraping software written by freshmen programmers at ITT Tech allows anyone with broadband and electricity to hoover your stuff. Your entire portfolio duplicates itself magically as you sleep. Feel free to digitally threaten but your time is better spent backstroking across the Ganges.

So I click over to a web site hosted in a country with the GDP of Detroit. I read my crud in the form of a blog posting. Sometimes it's still written by nicomp. Sometimes they take time from chasing sand fleas to actually alter the author's credits. I wasn't particularly proud of it when I specifically wrote it but now it looks even worse because the formatting is munged and the background color is generic WordPress.

Yes, I am in the habit of posting a comment on a posting of stuff stolen from me. I typically compose something insightful: "This content stolen from Http://www.xxxxx.xxxx." That always puts those pirates in their place. The site goes offline almost immediately as highly skilled middle-school dropouts efficiently sanitize their pages and beg my forgiveness. Yes, that happens.

Here is a photo to steal

A High Quality photo just ripe for pickin'
A High Quality photo just ripe for pickin' | Source

The format returns to text

More often than not my thoughtful comments find themselves mocked. Evidently the illiterate miscreants ripping me off can type. Often they pile onto each other, regaling themselves with self-congratulation over their ability to hide anonymously. If only their parents knew what was going on in the basement.

This is under the steam table at the salad bar where I eat lunch.
This is under the steam table at the salad bar where I eat lunch. | Source

You're still here? Let's talk about Google

Google wields mighty authority where people like money and still think that they can earn some from Google. Ad Choices is owned by Google. I, personally, love Google with all my heart as far as you know. If they tell me to do something I spring into action. When Google says 'jump' I say 'when and where should I come down?'

Verily there is money to be made but that possibility shrinks if Google convinces itself you spread your material across multiple sites. NBC can do it with Big Bang Theory reruns but you shalt not duplicate your content on two or more sites. Reprint an article at your own peril. Powerful Google computers will register hurt feelings, causing your Page Rank to go negative. Those pennies add up even more slowly when your seminal article on grilled cheese sandwiches gets copied by scammers as they pick their nose with the other hand.

Many people have looked at clouds from both sides now.
Many people have looked at clouds from both sides now. | Source

Here comes a list with bullets

  • Copying stuff = bad.
  • Google hates duplication.
  • A high quality hub includes photos and a quiz at the end.
  • Bullets do not transfer well when your hubs are pirated.

Read a little more, then you will see another photo.

As we all know, or you should know and you will shortly know because you are about to read it, don't steal stuff that other people wrote. From their active synapses to their bleeding fingers these dedicated compositionists deserve your acquiescence. Honor the wordsmiths by fighting the urge to desecrate them, Respect the originality.

The road to perdition is paved and has some leaves on it.
The road to perdition is paved and has some leaves on it. | Source

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Pirating online content is

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  • Okey Dokey if the victim is a huge multinational faceless corporation
  • Never Okey Dokey
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In Conclusion

To conclude what has already been stated and restated numerously: don't take my words. I mean, take my words with a grain of salt, but don't literally take my words in a violating pirating sense.

Don't be the hind end of a deer.
Don't be the hind end of a deer. | Source

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11 comments

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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

This is a problem that I'm afraid will only get worse, and I feel for online writers who rely on this type of writing for income. Best wishes to you.


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AudreyHowitt 23 months ago from California

Loved this!


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Interesting and funny. I enjoyed the read and good advice.


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Tom Whitworth 23 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Life is tough and then you die.


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drbj 23 months ago from south Florida

May the fleas of ten thousand camels infest the armpits of all who desecrate our original work by copy-pasting it online as their own. Even when they include our name as the author.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 23 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Too much content and too much repetition. I say go for it. Keep writing, keep believing, give credit where credit is due and never ever steal stuff from others. Passing this on.


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rebeccamealey 23 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Enlightening and entertaining! Thanks.


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Austinstar 23 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

If I still had my needles and syringes, I would extract the vitreous humor from within their eyeballs and then douse the hole with alcohol. And sprinkle rusty, tetanus infected nails all in their computer chairs and for 30 yards in every direction around them for copying and pasting my content. I would enjoy the trip to Thailand and Mexico where several of my articles have appeared by magic as if I had actually written them myself.


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nicomp 23 months ago from Ohio, USA Author

@AustinStar , we should point Tommy Lee Jones at them.


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breakfastpop 23 months ago

Just write for the joy of it. If you need to make money, get a job!!


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nicomp 15 months ago from Ohio, USA Author

Still as fungent as the day I originally wrote it.

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