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STOLEN CONTENT ALERT - If you write about music on HubPages, read this

  1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
    FatFreddysCatposted 4 years ago

    Looks like another content sniper is at work, stealing our shizz from HubPages. This so called "music news" site has sniped at least four of my Hubs and it looks like there are many other pieces pinched from my fellow music Hubbers as well.

    If you've written any Hubs about music (any kind at all) recently, you may want to give this site a look:
    www.coolmusicarena.com

    It appears to be a Blogger site so Blogger/Google would be the proper place to file DMCA's.

    Thanks to my man SpartucusJones for hipping me to this thief. Let's get this sumbitch!!

    1. Georgie Lowery profile image94
      Georgie Loweryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      He has at least two of mine. What do I do?

      edit: I found a total of six of mine and one from my best friend.

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
        FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        The thief's site is on Blogger, which is associated w/Google. Google has its own form for DMCA complaints. Go here for the form and follow the steps:
        http://support.google.com/bin/request.p … ct=blogger

        Basically you provide a link to your article, a link to the stolen piece, and include any other pertinent details (i.e. "this is my article posted at HubPages on such-and-such a date, it was copied and republished without my knowledge or permission on the Blogger site (name).")

        You'll get a polite e-mail from Google thanking you and saying they'll look into it. Hopefully if they get enough of them about this one guy they'll pull his plug fairly quickly.

        1. Georgie Lowery profile image94
          Georgie Loweryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Argh. Six Hubs. Why would somebody do that? Now I know how all the musicians felt when people were stealing their music on Napster. Thank you for the info, I've alerted my best friend too.

          1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
            FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            No probs, Georgie. Spread the word! I want this guy to bite the curb!!

            as a side note, does anyone think it would be a bad idea to go to "my" articles on the offending site and leaving a saucy comment or twelve on each of'em? I'm thinking something along the lines of "Hey Buddy, I'm flattered you liked my article enough to steal it and republish it as your own work, you f*cking lame-O" or words to that effect.... hahaha

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              Joanne M Olivieriposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              When I was writing for today.com a few years ago, I had some site which basically scraped my entire blog for months.  Long story short , I did go on the site and left comments saying that "you stole my writing, you are thieves" etc.  I filed the necessary DCMA and within a few months the site was taken down.  Another good thing is to go to their host site, like Go Daddy or whatever they used and file a complaint.

              1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
                FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                "a few months?" Screw that. I want this guy dead by the end of the week. Haha.

                *EDIT* ... and dammit, you have to log in using a Facebook, LiveJournal, etc. I.D. in order to leave comments on the thief site. Shoot. I was hoping I'd be able to blast him without leaving a digital trail or an e-mail address for him to get me back. sad

                1. profile image0
                  Joanne M Olivieriposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                  LOL!!! I know the feeling.

                  1. profile image0
                    Joanne M Olivieriposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                    Open an anonymous FB account and blast him that way smile

    2. Philanthropy2012 profile image89
      Philanthropy2012posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Oh my, this site has every single music hub that belongs to my girlfriend. This must be stopped.

      Big props to FatFreddysCat!!

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
        FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Don't thank me - thank SpartucusJones, who hipped me to the thievery.

        ...or maybe we should all thank Glimmer Twin Fan, who hipped Spartucus to it.

        ...Aw hell, you might as well thank me. You're welcome big_smile

    3. MartieCoetser profile image92
      MartieCoetserposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks to SilverGenes I have obtained this info about the site

      Registration Service Provided By: PH
      Domain Name: COOLMUSICARENA.COM

      Registration Date: 21-Feb-2013
      Expiration Date: 21-Feb-2014

      Status:LOCKED
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      cannot be transferred, hijacked, or modified. The Owner of this domain name
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      This feature is provided as a security measure against fraudulent domain name hijacking.


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      Registrant Contact Details:
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      Domain Admin (contact@privacyprotect.org)
      ID#10760, PO Box 16
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      Nobby Beach
      Queensland,QLD 4218
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      Tel. +45.36946676

      Administrative Contact Details:
      PrivacyProtect.org
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      ID#10760, PO Box 16
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      Nobby Beach
      Queensland,QLD 4218
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      Tel. +45.36946676

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      ID#10760, PO Box 16
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      Nobby Beach
      Queensland,QLD 4218
      AU
      Tel. +45.36946676

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      PrivacyProtect.org
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      ID#10760, PO Box 16
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      Nobby Beach
      Queensland,QLD 4218
      AU
      Tel. +45.36946676

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      Registry Status: clientTransferProhibited

  2. EricDockett profile image92
    EricDockettposted 4 years ago

    I went through 30 pages and didn't find any of my guitar stuff, but there does seem to be lot of Hubs there.  Good luck with the take-downs.  Hopefully they'll unplug the whole blog.

    It appears to be running Adsense. Would something like this cost them their Adsense account?  I imagine so, right?

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
      FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I certainly hope he would lose his AdSense account and/or his entire web site!! I want to end this guy!!

  3. sparkster profile image93
    sparksterposted 4 years ago

    Yep, just found some of mine too.  Seeing as I've sent so many DMCA complaints out lately I guess a few more won't be a problem.

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      Joanne M Olivieriposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the heads up.  I was about to write a music article about my friend along with one of her videos but since reading this I won't.  I hope you can get the persona's site taken down.

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
        FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I'm workin' on it!! big_smile I found six of my articles on that site, and sent DCMA complaints for all six. I have added the thief's site to my "favorites" (galling as that may be) so I can keep an eye on it and watch for any progress.

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          Joanne M Olivieriposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          That's a good idea.  It's a pain to have to go through the DCMA process, I know but it has to be done to stop these thieves.

  4. spartucusjones profile image93
    spartucusjonesposted 4 years ago

    I have to thank Glimmer Twin Fan for notifying me that she found one of my hubs on the site.

    I already filled out 6 DCMA forms, and I found at least 6 more of my hubs, and there might be more. Unfortunately because most of my Hubs are about music, I am probably getting harder hit than most Hubbers. It is extremely annoying, and because of that I couldn't fight the urge to comment on a couple of my articles calling them out. I know the process can take awhile, but I am hoping that the site gets hit with so many DCMA that the site will be removed fairly quickly. 

    Now I am off to file some more DCMA.

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
      FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this



      I'm right there with ya, Spartacus. At least half of my Hubs are about music, it's bad enough that they don't tend to get a lot of traffic 'round here, without somebody stealing/leeching off of them.

      Hopefully the thief will receive a proper digital ass kicking very soon!!!

  5. spartucusjones profile image93
    spartucusjonesposted 4 years ago

    Google got back to me, and they already responded to one of my complaints and removed the article. That being said with the scale of the theft, removing the individuals articles is not enough. These guys need to be shut down.

    1. sen.sush23 profile image61
      sen.sush23posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, those who have already contacted Google, please go ahead on behalf of those others who may not be so regularly checking out for theft, and inform on the site- all the Indian music articles atleast were from Hubpages. This I can confirm. They have even copied the images, so that's double larceny!

    2. FatFreddysCat profile image90
      FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Cool, man. I haven't received any response from Google yet but I will be checkin' my e-mail on an hourly basis till something turns up. Yeah, I'm THAT pissed about this. Haha.





      You're welcome, glad I could help.

    3. FatFreddysCat profile image90
      FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Just curious, how long did it take for'em to get back to you, Spartucus? It's been about 24 hours since I filed my heap o' complaints and haven't heard back from 'em on any of them yet.

      1. Georgie Lowery profile image94
        Georgie Loweryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I haven't heard anything yet, either and neither has my best friend.

        1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
          FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Boo. That sucks.

          On the other hand, maybe they're so swamped with complaints about this thieving choad that it's just taking a while to get to ours, huh Georgie?

          1. Georgie Lowery profile image94
            Georgie Loweryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Hopefully they'll get to them soon, or I may have to resort to tarring and feathering! wink

      2. spartucusjones profile image93
        spartucusjonesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I filed my first DCMA report shortly after I emailed you yesterday around 5pm. So the first one was removed with in a few hours. I received 3 more notifications today about my articles being removed. I still have 6 more that they haven't responded to yet. I still have a few more DCMA's that I haven't filled out yet. Even though I am glad that they are responding, it annoys me that the site is not being shut down. In each of the complaints I emphasized the fact that not only was a number of my articles were stolen, but that the whole site was mostly made up of content copied from Hubpage's writers. I would hope that Google would decide it is easier to shut the the site down, than have to deal with all of the DCMA complaints.

        I am sorry that you and Georgie and her friend haven't received a response yet.

  6. AliciaC profile image95
    AliciaCposted 4 years ago

    Thank you very much for starting this thread, FatFreddysCat. I've only written a few music hubs, but I thought I should check the site that you mentioned. I've already found one of my hubs there. I'll follow the link that you provided to report it.

  7. sen.sush23 profile image61
    sen.sush23posted 4 years ago

    Hi, I do not have any music hub, except for one movie review. But I did notice a score of hubs from an Indian friend on Bollywood music- all pinched and grandly showcased on this site. Thanks for this forum thread- and I think we should try to tell those friends who may not have noticed that their hubs have been stolen.

  8. sparkster profile image93
    sparksterposted 4 years ago

    DMCA sent.  Just saw this on the Google DMCA page:

    "Many Google Services do not have account holders or subscribers. For Services that do, Google will, in appropriate circumstances, disable the accounts of repeat infringers. If you believe that an account holder or subscriber is a repeat infringer, please follow the instructions above to contact Google's DMCA agent and provide information sufficient for us to verify that the account holder or subscriber is a repeat infringer. "

  9. SimeyC profile image90
    SimeyCposted 4 years ago

    Filed a DMCA report for two of my hubs! Thanks for spotting this!

  10. Patrick Widdess profile image87
    Patrick Widdessposted 4 years ago

    There's one of mine too. Thanks for the tip off.

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
      FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      No problem dude. Go git'em!!

  11. Sapper profile image67
    Sapperposted 4 years ago

    Silly people don't know how to properly autoblog.

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
      FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I'd say that the guy in charge of this site doesn't know how to blog at all ... that's why he's stealing material from everybody else!

  12. midget38 profile image89
    midget38posted 4 years ago

    Thanks, some of my hubs were stolen too. Will file a report.

  13. FatFreddysCat profile image90
    FatFreddysCatposted 4 years ago

    Just checked my e-mail and I have gotten responses to two of my requests from Google, stating that the copied articles will be removed from coolmusicarena. Woohoo!! Two down, four to go. I am hoping that responses to the other four will be rolling in shortly.

    The system works!!

    1. sparkster profile image93
      sparksterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Still haven't heard anything about my DMCA complaint, my articles are still there too.

  14. Jools99 profile image90
    Jools99posted 4 years ago

    3 of mine and I spotted numerous others from HP, disgusting!

    1. MartieCoetser profile image92
      MartieCoetserposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Julie, for letting me know about this....

      smile

  15. MartieCoetser profile image92
    MartieCoetserposted 4 years ago

    Thank you FatFreddysCat - I have reported my stolen article, AND I have left the as*@le a snotty comment.  He/she must be either stupid or arrogant, creating an entire blog with stolen content!

    1. midget38 profile image89
      midget38posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Or lazy.

      1. MartieCoetser profile image92
        MartieCoetserposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Or desperately trying to make money. Look at all his blogs ~ with Adsense. I have lost my Adsense account due to a simple error made by Google. At first they denied adsense, but just a week later on my other email account they allow it. Now, time for paying me, they apparently discovered THEIR err, but blaming me, and closed my account. I still don't have a clue what to do about this. But look at this dishonest gold-digger ~  http://www.blogger.com/profile/04073912848293016550

  16. FatFreddysCat profile image90
    FatFreddysCatposted 4 years ago

    I agree... I might also add lazy, dishonest, underhanded, and a host of other terms that are probably not printable in a family forum big_smile

    Come on people, let's keep piling on the DMCA complaints and get this guy and his lame-ass site shut down for good!!

  17. FatFreddysCat profile image90
    FatFreddysCatposted 4 years ago

    ^^^ Ummm... I have no idea what any of that means. Could you possibly dumb it down a little for a middle aged dumbass like myself? big_smile

    1. MartieCoetser profile image92
      MartieCoetserposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Did you notice the phone number? The person is from Queensland. Site was registered on 14 February.... So, if you are in his region, just walk over and punch him on the nose. Damn hooligan(s)!

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
        FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Queensland, as in Australia? Wow. Unfortunately that's a little out of my area, as I'm in New Jersey, USA. That would quite a long walk to punch someone in the nose. It would probably be very satisfying though!! big_smile

        If there are any Aussies on the forum who would like to do it on our behalf, feel free. We won't tell anybody. smile

  18. ilscherzo profile image70
    ilscherzoposted 4 years ago

    Usually whois-ing domains don't help... Unless you intend to contact their hosting.

  19. Sunshine625 profile image85
    Sunshine625posted 4 years ago

    I had three hubs stolen and I reported this site and my stolen hubs to Google. We all need to report our hubs so we could take this site down.

  20. FunHouse profile image64
    FunHouseposted 4 years ago

    This guy has to be stopped!

    And it's not just music hubs that should be on the look out. I checked his profile http://www.blogger.com/profile/04073912848293016550 and he has lots of blogs (and quite a few already have domains) I googled some of the articles from various ones and they are all stolen content! At a quick look I couldn't find any from Hubpages (I only checked two sites) but there easily could be. I already notified one blogger that his blog was stolen in hopes he to will send a DMCA, maybe we should spread the word a bit more as this needs to go away ASAP.

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
      FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Holy crap. This dude's been a busy beaver. Let's string him up!!!

  21. profile image0
    apimentel33posted 4 years ago

    Thankfully another hubber also pointed out to me that one of my hubs was copied onto this website. I reported it to Google and left a comment on the webpage asking for them to take it down since it's my material. Very frustrating.

  22. sleepylog profile image91
    sleepylogposted 4 years ago

    Why don't you all take the offender to court? Clearly he/she/them have clearly broken international copyright laws.

  23. FatFreddysCat profile image90
    FatFreddysCatposted 4 years ago

    Same here Sparkster - I got responses to two of my complaints out of six. Still waiting to hear back about the other four.

  24. HattieMattieMae profile image65
    HattieMattieMaeposted 4 years ago

    hmm...I didn't see any of mine, but thanks for the heads up! Hope you bring them down like we have before. smile

  25. FatFreddysCat profile image90
    FatFreddysCatposted 4 years ago

    Just checked the coolmusicarena.com web site and got a page saying "BLOG NOT FOUND." Looks like he's been shut down.

    WOO HOO!! WE WON! WE WON!! Good riddance ya thievin' bastard!!! (opens beer, does happy dance!)

    1. Georgie Lowery profile image94
      Georgie Loweryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I just saw that. I'm still bitter about it, though, and am questioning whether or not I want to publish any more anything. sad

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
        FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Awww c'mon Georgie. You can't quit!!! If you quit, the terrorists win. Or somethin' like that. big_smile

        It happens to the best of us. This is actually my second go-round with content theft since I've been a Hubber, it sucks but it's also satisfying when the thieves finally get their much deserved virtual ass kickin'.

      2. Sapper profile image67
        Sapperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        You are looking at it the wrong way. In order for him to "steal" your content, he had not only find it, but also think it was good enough to get him traffic. Always have to look at the bright side.

    2. spartucusjones profile image93
      spartucusjonesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That is awesome! Even though it is a pain to have to deal with it, it is good that the thief got what he deserved!

      Georgie, please don't throw in the towel. Unfortunately theft comes with the territory. But don't let the bastards grind you down. Besides Hubpages wouldn't be the same without my favorite potty mouthed redneck!

    3. HattieMattieMae profile image65
      HattieMattieMaeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yay! Glad to know no one can ever get away with stealing our writing on hubpages. We always seem to bring them sites down. smile We all make a good team!

  26. profile image0
    Joanne M Olivieriposted 4 years ago

    That is so wonderful and in record time. Congrats!

    1. midget38 profile image89
      midget38posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Glad it's down!

  27. LongTimeMother profile image97
    LongTimeMotherposted 4 years ago

    Okay, this aussie took up the challenge, but I can't be sure it would worth the drive to punch anyone in the nose. lol smile

    If you are interested, other people seem to be complaining about the same person.
    This link will lead to you to their discussion ... http://www.moneyfanclub.com/closed-prog … mmers.html

    Same company name, same phone number, but address on the other side of the world ....

    Name: Domain Admin
    Company: PrivacyProtect.org
    Address:

    P.O. Box 97
    All Postal Mails Rejected, visit Privacyprotect.org

    City: Moergestel
    State:
    Country: NL
    Zip: 5066 ZH
    Tel No: 45 36946676
    Fax No:
    Email:

    PS. The 45 makes no sense in an australian number. The other digits could be in Qld if we put 07 in front. I'm certainly not calling it in the middle of the night local time though. It could be an elderly person who needs their sleep. !

    1. Sapper profile image67
      Sapperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That isn't his information. It's a proxy, nothing more than a company that registers domains for you to keep your info private.

  28. FatFreddysCat profile image90
    FatFreddysCatposted 4 years ago

    Well, now that his web site has been shut down I don't feel the need to punch him in the nose anymore... but it might be satisfying to send him a nice big box of dog poo in the mail. big_smile Unfortunately I doubt it would get thru customs from the USA.

  29. MartieCoetser profile image92
    MartieCoetserposted 4 years ago

    I just got this message from Google. The blog no longer exists ~

    removals@google.com
    10:13 PM (32 minutes ago)

    to support-portal, me
    Hello,

    Thanks for reaching out to us.

    Upon recent review of the following URLs, we were unable to locate the content in question. If this matter is still a concern, please reply to this email with detailed information to enable us to locate the content and we will further investigate your request. Thank you very much for your cooperation and assistance in this matter.

    http://www.coolmusicarena.com/2013/02/t … 3976903488


    Regards,
    The Google Team

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image90
      FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yep, I got that same response from Google to four out of my six DMCA complaints. I guess by the time they got around to the bulk of my complaints, the site was already shut down.

    2. spartucusjones profile image93
      spartucusjonesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I got a number of those emails as well. They responded to about 5 of my complaints, but I sent out 15 overall. So most of them they didn't get around to until after the site was shutdown.

      1. midget38 profile image89
        midget38posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Me too. Guess it's not necessary when the site's already down.

 
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