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It would be a good idea for HP staff to...

  1. theraggededge profile image99
    theraggededgeposted 4 years ago

    ...email every hubber with a link to the forum thread: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/111298

    There are thousands and thousands of hubs being duplicated or simply having the intros posted. All articles are carrying adsense. This is affecting everyone on HP, including the staffers and their hubs.

    Not really understanding why HP is not being pro-active about this issue. This guy is stealing our work, our traffic and our adsense revenue.

    1. Judi Bee profile image96
      Judi Beeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I can't understand why HP isn't flashing red and sounding an alarm! 

      There are thousands of pages of hubs on his sites - 1,800 + on his food site, more than 1,400 on his home site - and those aren't his only sites.  He is adding content today. 

      You and I have had dozens of hubs ripped off - we haven't been targeted, we've just looked - there must be hundreds, if not thousands of other hubbers affected.

      1. Jenn-Anne profile image86
        Jenn-Anneposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Exactly. I don't have many hubs and even fewer that are featured (haven't had time to write although I was hoping to get back to it soon) and if my hubs were stolen then it really, truly can happen to ANYONE - not just high-volume, high-traffic authors. I'm going to try to post about this in my feed to try to alert my followers.

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      The not-so-fun answer is that this happens pretty frequently, and if we were to try to warn everyone about every potential instance of their work being stolen, we would be sending out constant alarms (and to people who are not likely to be affected, in many cases).
      What we probably should work on is more education on what Hubbers should proactively do to monitor and protect their own work. We could definitely provide more on that front.

      1. Judi Bee profile image96
        Judi Beeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I don't agree that this happens pretty frequently - not on this scale. 

        The guy has 14 sites, each with thousands of pages of scraped hubs.  He has 51 of mine from this account, some more from my other account.  I've had the odd hub copied fairly frequently, but never half my subdomain.  I'm not alone - others are reporting filing dozens of DMCAs.  I've searched for quite a few friends and followers' hubs and I've yet to come up with a blank. 

        Surely, when there's such a widespread scraping of the site you could sticky an alert or something?

      2. TheKatsMeow profile image90
        TheKatsMeowposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        @Simone your stuff is on there too! sad

  2. theraggededge profile image99
    theraggededgeposted 4 years ago

    Have trawled through Squidoo forum - there's no search, argh!

    http://hq.squidoo.com/forums/topic/squi … ng-copied/

    http://hq.squidoo.com/forums/topic/squi … ed/page/8/  Admin responds

    http://hq.squidoo.com/forums/topic/Call … re-Are-You   Admin responds saying ** they are filing DMCAs** but can't talk about it on public forums.

    I couldn't actually check any of the sites for my stuff as I kept being redirected away. The thief was eventually traced to China. A lot of lensmasters contacted Amazon, Google Adsense, filed DMCAs, made complaints to the hosting company and the URL registrars.

    This guy is copying Amazon capsules from HP too and redirecting them to his own account. Perhaps, Simone, or someone from HQ could contact Amazon and Adsense?

    1. TheKatsMeow profile image90
      TheKatsMeowposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      it seems that squidoo took care of all of their copied content.

      1. theraggededge profile image99
        theraggededgeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        They did in that case, although they obviously won't in the event of an individual's lens or lenses. They acted pretty quickly too.

        Simone keeps saying that they cannot file DMCAs on our behalf but that's not what we're asking for. We'll do the DMCAs - those of us who actually read the forums anyway. What HP should be doing is making a phone call to their lawyer for advice on getting the whole load of sites taken down for illegally ripping off Hubpages itself. If Squidoo can do it, then so can HP.

        HP could even contact Tom Maybrier at Squidoo for advice. I bet he would be happy to help, as so many writers work on both platforms.

        HP might also contact Adsense and Amazon to report his illegal activity. They'd close his accounts, pronto.

        One other thing they could do is contact the hosting site and the registrar. The information has been provided on these threads. Webhosts don't take kindly to their servers being used for nefarious gains.

        For pity's sakes just do something, HP.

        1. TheKatsMeow profile image90
          TheKatsMeowposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          I have the day off from work today and had planned to write some hubs, it's pretty hard to get motivated when something like this is happening sad very upsetting.

        2. Judi Bee profile image96
          Judi Beeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          We are, I believe, spitting in the wind on this one.  It is beyond the wit of man to sort this out other than through the individual DMCA route - Squidoo must have employed a wizard to sort it out or something.