Hubs Stollen and Spun

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  1. rmcrayne profile image94
    rmcrayneposted 9 years ago

    I found bastardized versions of 4 of my hubs at "The Healthy Food Tips".

    Two of the hubs I had unpublished (but not deleted) because of minimal traffic, with plans to re-post in a blogger blog.  Those two had back stories of my family, which made it especially annoying to find them elsewhere.  They had changed words, but they were still readable, unlike many of the software spin jobs. 

    Probably a lot of hubs on the site.  I know there is one of crazyhorseghost's hubs there, because the title of the article is "How to Wash Your Espresso Maker by crazyhorseghost"!

    1. tmbridgeland profile image82
      tmbridgelandposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      How do you go about looking for your stolen Hubs?

      1. rmcrayne profile image94
        rmcrayneposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Copy 1 or 2 sentences from your hub. Go to Google and paste in the search box.

        1. tmbridgeland profile image82
          tmbridgelandposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks! I'll try it. I found one of mine once by accident, when I was testing google results.

      2. CMHypno profile image87
        CMHypnoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Or you can use a free plagiarism checker like Copyscape

  2. TheKatsMeow profile image87
    TheKatsMeowposted 9 years ago

    That's awful! Where was this???? I want to check it out to see if any of mine have been stolen too.

    1. rmcrayne profile image94
      rmcrayneposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I had posted the site, but with spaces so it would not be an active link. It doesn't indicate "snipped".  Maybe just didn't publish because I used the pointed brackets. 

      Anyway, I went back and typed in the name of the site.  Just take the spaces out, and add "dot com".

  3. A Driveby Quipper profile image57
    A Driveby Quipperposted 9 years ago

    Someone would have to be pretty hard up to steal a hub.

  4. Don Bobbitt profile image89
    Don Bobbittposted 9 years ago

    This has become an occupational hazard for us as Hubbers.
    So many of us fail to accept the fact that the web is a form of the old "Wild West" for writers, with thieves and whores at every corner.
    There are so many people that would rather take than generate sitting on the web these days just waiting for a way to " do it easier" that we all get ripped.
    My stuff gets ripped so often that I don't even check for new plagarisms and copies for months at a time anymore.
    How do you protect your works from literally nations full of people who make relatively nothing but can make a few American Pennies if they steal an article and republish it?

    1. A Driveby Quipper profile image57
      A Driveby Quipperposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Occupation? Yeah, you are occupied, but you aren't earning a living.

      1. Don Bobbitt profile image89
        Don Bobbittposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        the problem with freedom is that Fools like you have the freedom to strike at others without knowledge or wisdom? Sad little person.

        1. A Driveby Quipper profile image57
          A Driveby Quipperposted 9 years agoin reply to this


                Save it for the tourists!

    2. tlpoague profile image82
      tlpoagueposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I remember when in early 2012 so many hubbers were having their content stole and posted on a website. It was mass chaos for a bit. Even one of my hubs was taken. My thought at the time was...that writer is an amazing writer, if their stuff is being taken. Think about it, they only steal the stuff that can make them quick money. I became obsessed with searching for my hubs, but over time only look occasionally. I believe that what comes around goes around, so these thieves may be getting away with it now, but there will be a time when they will get caught.

      1. Don Bobbitt profile image89
        Don Bobbittposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I agree withn you, tipoague.
        Do what is Right.
        Change what wrongs you can.
        Accept the wrongs that you cannot control,
        And turn in the Thieves to the authorities!

  5. Amanda J Rose profile image85
    Amanda J Roseposted 9 years ago

    Did you contact them to ask for them to be removed?

    1. rmcrayne profile image94
      rmcrayneposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      They actually have a "contact us" tab.  I'll tackle it tomorrow.  I republished one of the two unpublished hubs, and suppose I'll do the same with the other.  Can't do too much shouting and stomping if I'm making claim to something not published. 

      I must admit the spun version of my Aunt Lynette's recipe was quite entertaining.

      1. cclitgirl profile image94
        cclitgirlposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Watch out with "republishing" - if someone has copied it you can get nailed for "duplicate" content even though it's your work.
        Here's the scenario (because this happened to me): you publish a hub and unpublish it for various reasons.  Later on, you re-publish but then you get flagged for duplicate content.
        Upon investigation, you find that after you published your hub, two or three people have copied it without your knowledge.  Then, when you re-publish, the original publish date then is AFTER the other copied content.   HP's filters pick it up as duplicate. 
        This happened to me and it's only a quick message or two between the moderators to get it fixed, but before you publish any other hubs that were published and then unpublished, do a copyscape sweep to make sure the copied content is de-indexed.  Otherwise, just file a DMCA complaint.
        It's a hazard of writing online: whether you have a blog, hub, lens, wizzle, art, photos - whatever - if it's online, it's subject to being copied and you have to be relatively proactive about checking to see if others have swiped your work.

  6. Silva Hayes profile image81
    Silva Hayesposted 9 years ago

    Here's the link I used to report a stolen picture.  It was taken care of right away.  After you click on the link, scroll down and you will see the link to DMCA and instructions on what to do. … nt-online/

  7. Pearldiver profile image72
    Pearldiverposted 9 years ago

    Hi Rose Mary... good on you.. thanks for the heads up, but I can't for the life of me see where you have posted the culprits hiding place smile

    Would you mind reposting it SVP?

    Serve them up the paper work mate.. don't muck around... gotta hate these creeps though sad

    Cheers .. PD

    1. rmcrayne profile image94
      rmcrayneposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I put some spaces in so as not to give them a backlink. 

      http:// the healthy food tips. com/


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