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DMCA again...

  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
    DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago

    I tried to post in a relevant thread, but found it came up marked as "inactive," hence the new post.

    I got a little red 'c' on one of my hubs today, and when I checked, the hub is reported to be copied in 2 places.
    However, there is a problem with the filing--the DMCA link you can click to file came up saying that they had to DMCA info on file for that site.  I looked it up in 'whois,' and it is a generic server in Paris, France.  No specific contact information for the person who stole the article. 
    It is pretty much copied verbatim, obviously cut-and-paste, because the various breaks and bullet lists I had show up with odd characters instead of bullets.
    Next, there WAS a place on the site to 'report' the article..but..It may have been there a very long time before it was discovered and notified to me...Their "publish date" is just a few months after my article came out in May of 2012; theirs shows July 2012.
    I did file a report, and claim that it was stolen content. but there was no way to file an actual DCMA complaint.

    The second place it was copied was obviously spun, but very badly, complete with very poor grammar, wrong word choices and a different title.  I would not claim that as my writing, but, if they did copy it badly...what do I do? 

    In checking back and forth to get my facts right for this post, I see there is a second article marked with this symbol.  I really don't have time for all this crap!

    I don't see any way to prevent this from happening....unless...Hub Pages takes a step I've run across on other sites, to prevent copy/paste, where right-click is disabled, and when a person tries to right-click, a copyright warning notice comes up....
    This could protect us all..and should be as simple as a few lines of code...and not something HP has to manage on an ongoing basis.....it would at least help discourage the laziest of the scrapers.....
    Oh, GREAT!!  I sent the DMCA to the second link for the 1st copied article, and got THIS back:
    "Technical details of permanent failure:
    Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain flixya.com by mail.flixya.com. [].
    The error that the other server returned was:
    550 No such person at this address"

    I copied/pasted the complaint address, to be sure there were no typos...so now what???

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
      DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      OK--I just checked the provided links for the 2nd article supposedly copied, and it is totally bogus.  The only "similarity" is the term "eye floaters" and all 3 links go to some site trying to sell you a "remedy."   When you click to close the tab, a dialogue box comes up saying "Are you sure you want to leave? Offer is extremely limited."

      It is not my article, so how do I get rid of the bogus copyright warning?

      1. Writer Fox profile image57
        Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        DMCA notices for flixya should be sent here:

        I'm not sure I understand the rest of your post, but I always file to have spun versions of my content removed and have been successful.

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
          DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          that's exactly the address I cut and pasted into the e-mail to send the DMCA ....and it came back with that message I posted....

          As for the 2nd notice--It wasn't 'spun' content.  It was a site advertising supposed 'remedies.'  (There are none. My opthalmologist said so.)  So, a copyright warning should not have been posted to my hubs list.  The only  "similarity" was the use of the term "eye floaters."

          1. PegCole17 profile image95
            PegCole17posted 4 years agoin reply to this

            I just had that happen to me, too. When I clicked on the alleged site of the copyright violation, it is an advertisement. It made me refuse their "special offer" three times before I could leave the site.

            Now what? I can't file a DMCA claim, since I didn't find any material copied.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      The vast majority of sites don't have a DMCA link.  You don't need a DMCA link to submit a DMCA.  You simply use the standard wording of a DMCA in the text of your report (or in your email if you're sending them an email).  Keep a draft of the basic wording in a file somewhere and simply cut and paste as needed.

      The serious copy/pasters do not use right click, they use software and no one has come up with an effective way to stop them yet, sadly.

  2. PegCole17 profile image95
    PegCole17posted 4 years ago

    Sorry this happened to you Dzy. I don't know how to get rid of the annoying copyright symbol. Every time I look at mine it makes me see red.
    I like your idea about a warning when people try to cut and paste our articles. That might stop some of the amateurs but the way they scrape our hubs into another language and translate it back has to be by some other method. My article was mostly in English but with a lot of crazy words that didn't translate well. And the article had been copied in 2011. I just this week received the notice from Hub.

  3. brakel2 profile image78
    brakel2posted 4 years ago


  4. brakel2 profile image78
    brakel2posted 4 years ago

    Flixya copied some of my stuff. I think they are known for scrapers. I am so sorry that this happened to you. Good luck with your effort

  5. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 4 years ago

    I feel your pain..I was notified today of 3 possible copied hubs and have filed DMCAs ...its so tiring.

  6. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 4 years ago

    This should answer your question

    1. PegCole17 profile image95
      PegCole17posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Stacie L. I found the thread and Matthew has relieved some of my frustration with the copyright copycats.
      Happy Halloween!