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What to Do when Someone Copied Your Hub
I'm was in a panic mode. It was a peaceful evening. I was on my bed with laptop in front of me. My twin Cheerfulnuts told me happily about her name appearing several times when she googled her pen name. She told me to search my name as well and see how the results would fare. So Googled I did and here's what I found out: Some of my few hubs normally appeared along with my name. But here's the catch, I saw another link lurking a little below the results page with the same skin article with my byline, but under a different URL. I was at first confused. I clicked the link and I was led to a blogger website. There I saw my very own hub. Same layout, same picture, same everything. My name is in it, but it was posted by someone else. I don't know why he or she did that. The person might have thought that posting the article along with my name was enough. But no. The page is directed to that individual's page, not to my page. That means less visits to my hubs. Then it finally sank in: My hub was copied. My intellectual property was stolen.
If you had the same experience as I had, here's what you need to do: Report it to the respective website. Look for a link that says something like "Report Abuse." Since the person who copied it posted it in blogger, I reported it to blogger right away. Just follow the step by step instruction. After answering a few questions, you will be directed to a form. Copy the URL with copyright, that is, your hub's URL, and paste it in the respective text box. Copy the URL of the offender as well, and put it in another text box. Make sure that you copy the right URL! See to it that the address is linked to the specific page containing the violation, not the entire archive. Google will inform you through email if the URL is incorrect, but of course, you don't want to waste another day resubmitting your complaint for correction. After all, plagiarism should not be tolerated. After submitting your complaint, the website will inform you shortly that they will process your complaint. Within a couple of days, to my relief, Google informed me that the URL with infringement was finally removed. I checked to make sure, and it is indeed nonexistent. May this be a warning to all. As writers, we are subjected to violations. Do not tolerate these offenders. As soon as you found out that you're materials have been stolen, report it immediately. Do you have the same experience? Share it in the comment box below!
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