Steps to Take if Your Hub has been Copied by "BigEzine"
- Email website owner
- File a DCMA
- Email Web Hosting Provider
- Email Domain Provider
Help! My Hubpages Content Has Been Copied
This hub has been written in response to a current website that is stealing all of Hubpage’s content. For the purpose of this hub I'll refer to them as short as 'B.Zine', as I don’t want to give them any Google juice. However, I believe that the proper actions to take have been lost amidst all the backlash in forums and individual hub comments. I am hoping that this Hub can be a constructive hub in showing what steps to take to get this website closed down asap.
The first step in dealing with copied content is to contact the 'thief' and send them 'Cease and Desist' message. DevTopics has a great template to use. They also have a template for the DCMA request, which is needed for the next step.
Note: The emails associated with B.Zine appear to be
solanki8484 [at] yahoo.com
rajatgulati23 [at] gmail.com
File a DCMA Request
Send a Complaint to the Hosting Company
Contacting the offending website's webhosting company may be the best way of getting the actual site shut down. A whois search should reveal who the hosting company is. It should be mentioned that whilst some whois sites are starting to 'protect' the information for this domain, enomcentral still has all the domain owners contact information. Enom Central always lags a little behind updating their data!
B.Ezine is hosted by Softlayer:
Contact The Domain Provider
A whois search usually reveals the domain registration company. Whilst some whois records are now showing 'protected-domain' an early whois search displayed the domain register to be name.com
You may have a case with YouTube, if your stolen content has your uniquely created video and the 'fake' author is implying that it is their own content. In that case, visit the
Don't Unpublish Your Hub
If you unpublish your hub, you are essentially deleting your evidence that you article was published first. Rather, add a copyright notice to the bottom of your hub. Turn it into a hypoerlink that links back to the original hub.
©Website Confetti 2012
Don't Give Them Backlinks
Some Hubbers have been innocently giving this site backlinks by posting links to the offending pages. When including links break up the link with spaces or some characters such as http://www.hub***pages.com
Name and Shame
On an article I have previously written How to Prevent Your Blog Content From Being Stolen Via Autoblogging I wrote about a name and shame technique that could be used, which could be seen as extreme and open up a bloggers war. Basically, if you know of specific sites that are stealing your work, you could include a disclaimer at the end of each post such as:
Disclaimer: if you are reading this article on one of the following sites, blogthiefa.com , blogthiefb.com, you are reading stolen content. To view this article from its original source visit hubpages.com
With all our combined efforts, I'm pretty confident that B.Zine is going to get shutdown soon. I genuinely hope that this experience doesn't deter any of the great writers I see on this website to keep doing what they love, as it would be a true shame for this website to loose such great talent.
Whilst this article makes direct reference to B.Zine, the steps can be translated to other websites that are stealing your content.
Update April 9th 2012!
It appears that B.Zine has now gone into a parked domain! Just goes to show what the combined power of hubbers can achieve!