Hi, I am new to Hubpages and wan't able to find the answer to this question so I am posting it to see if the admin or a more experienced Hubber can answer it. any help would be most appreciated.
I recently published a completely original hub and then 2 day later it was unpublished due to "duplicate content". I then copyscaped the content (as I always do before publishing anything) and found that someone had copied and pasted the entire hub, including the photos and right down to the youtube embed code...
..Now, I can file copyright violations, contact the site, ext...which I am planning on doing...but the bigger question is if there is anyway to avoid this from happening? It is a little discouraging to write content,have it swiped and then get blamed and unpublished for copied material 2 days later.
...Any suggestions because I enjoy the site and would like to publish more and actively participate in the community but I want to know if there are any precautions I can take to protect myself from this.
Unfortunately, it's a fact of life in the web - thieves are everywhere and will steal your hard work wherever it is published. Just a few weeks ago I filed 30 DMCA's over the span of a couple of days. Unusual, yes, (I hadn't checked for too long) but it happens.
File your DMCA, drop a line to HP stating that it was stolen, that you have filed, and give the location of stolen material. HP tries hard not to penalize you for thieves stealing your work, but the system will never be perfect; let them know what happened and they will work with you to keep your hub published.
What Wilderness says is the best approach. I'm sorry this happened, jmoz. It is unusual, our filters are designed to only pop up when it looks like the 'copied' content was published before the Hub was published.
Please do respond to the email the team sent to you giving them as much information as possible.
I realize that the "crows take some of the crop" but I still want to do everything I can to prevent it from happening and clear my name, so I appreciate the replies.
Thanks for both of those replies. I have since filed the DMCA and responded to the email from Hubpages with the information. I guess that's about all I can do and just hope for the best moving forward.
That's it. You can certainly "clear your name" and claim ownership, but there's nothing you can do to stop the thieves from taking a paragraph, photo or a whole hub.
Just keep filing, and watch who's doing it. I've taken to mostly filing with the host, not the owner or thief, hoping that they will get tired of getting the claims and just shut the thief down completely. A bunch of hubbers followed one thief all over the net; as we got one site shut down he'd open another and we'd get that one shut down. As I recall he finally gave up and quit scraping stuff from HP.
I'll also file with Google if appropriate - the thief can lose their adsense account that way, forever. Do be careful here, though - I had some schoolkids scrape a hub for a school project once. They didn't know any better (and many people don't - they honestly think anything on the net is free for the taking) and there was no reason for such a drastic penalty for something like that.
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