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What to Do when Someone Copied Your Hub

Updated on August 25, 2011
Plagiarism is stealing. Do not tolerate offenders!
Plagiarism is stealing. Do not tolerate offenders! | Source

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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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      I've just had a hub copied and put on a web page which doesn't seem to be linked to any particular site like blogger. It seems self contained. What it particularly irritating is that the page lists a copyright on the work! I've complained in an email to the "contact us" link but I'm not sure I will get satisfaction. I'm not sure what to do next.

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      seriousnuts 6 years ago from Philippines

      I can understand how you feel. I hate it too. I hate content thieves. And I just found out yesterday that another hub of mine was plagiarized. I'm still waiting for Google's response regarding this second thief..

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      Matias 6 years ago

      One of my Squidoo lens has been plagiarized - many times. I hate it. I also hate that it's sometimes difficult to get the plagiarized content removed.

      Anyway, nice Hub. :)

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      seriousnuts 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks sholland10! I hope you won't experience the same thing. Good job on your articles. Keep it up and always remember to keep an eye on your hubs. :)

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      Susan Holland 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, SeriousNuts! I am going to check this out. Voted up and useful!! :-)

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      seriousnuts 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hmm.. That is an interesting suggestion whoisbid. It requires a lot of time and patience to do that. Thank you for the input! Now that I look back to what had happened, I take it as a compliment by the offender. The person copied it because he/she thinks my hub has good quality. Haha :)

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      whoisbid 6 years ago

      I don't normally blog but make websites. A way around this problem is to first upload really low quality content and leave it for a few months or a year ....let everyone copy stuff full of mistakes.. then later on go back to it and improve it when your page has higher page rank.

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      seriousnuts 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you too Seeker7 for your kind words. As writers, we have to expect these types of things to happen. That is why I wrote this hub, so people with similar experiences would know what to do. These offenders should not be tolerated and we should continue to take necessary actions to discourage them.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is an excellent hub. But I am sorry that it was written because of a bad experience you had. Unfortuantely the internet is crammed with low-lifes. But your great hub has pointed us all in the right direction of what to do if this ever happens to us. Many thanks for sharing and well done for taking action rather than just putting up with it.

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      cheerfulnuts 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Don't worry seriousnuts, I've also asked about it in the Forum.