I have the little red copyright infringement sign next to an article of mine. I contacted the website on which my hub was duplicated, literally word for word including the exact pictures I chose. However, they said that my original article was linked in their Sources section.
My question is this....are you allowed to legally do this? I don't consider my hub to be a "source" when it has been literally duplicated, verbatim. Source to me is when you use something to find information and then at least attempt to re-word it and make it somehow different than the original.
My next question is will I be penalized by google for this, as it looks for all intent and purposes like my copyright has been infringed, even if they put a little link to my hub at the very bottom? Should I pursue this or abandon my case?
Secondly (still on this same topic) I had this problem with another hub on another website and the page was deleted that had my work on it but the little copied sign is still appearing next to my hub. How do I get rid of it?
Thanks for any and all help with this!
Firstly, yes, they copied your hub without your permission. Don't bother contacting websites as it can get too time consuming and half of them don't know where they stand anyway with third party content, go straight here and fill out a form for a DMCA with Google: https://support.google.com/legal/troubl … 14905?rd=1
Then wait a few weeks and it will get removed (mine worked too when someone copied my hub, a few weeks back).
Secondly, the red copyright apparently doesn't go away for a long long time, so after the page is removed on the offending site, just ignore the c.
What Google does with duplicate content is they choose one out of the two that they figure has more authority; partly this is based on the age of the content, how old it is. Of course, I've read that a copy will sometimes out-rank the original.
I have had this happen twice now --- `the first time I was able to get the thief to remove her page. The second one is current--- just had an article yanked fro HP and although I've contacted the offending site, I don't hold much hope. Filing DCMA complaints is worthless, in my opinion and Google gets so many of them they don't care. (I've done so in the past with a different client).
I have now had word from the offending site that the blog page has been removed ... and it has been. I notified HP and was kind of hoping they'd publish my piece now but I'm guessing not (they were kind enough to do that once before, after I wqas ripped off by another blogger who removed the piece from her site). So, outside of reloading the entire article ... which would be a difficult thing to do .... I guess I can't use it? I understand the reason of not publishing it the first tiime, but I'm feeling punished for something that this content thief did. And the funny thing is, I did check it with CS before publishing. Color me sad. Ah, well.
What if they copied your youtube title word-for-word? Their video is just a slideshow of my recipe with some slight changes but they totally copied my title exactly. It wouldn't be a big deal, but it puts them ahead of me in search results, which kinda upset me. They created their video a few weeks after mine was created. It's this one: How To Make Baked Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Rice Balls - KID TESTED
The two things I've found of mine ... so far ... ... yes, they were copied word for word. A true cut and paste.
And the other issue I have is that the original content, which was posted on Suite101, is no longer there--- I removed all of those articles when the site changed. I do have them on PDF which shows the original publishing date, but the Google form doesn't allow you to attach anything for proof, they just want to see where it is online. So, I'm screwed this way. I do contact the thieves... some people are happy to get the page off just because they think they'll get into trouble ... but there's no way to know how much revenue I'd lost or whatever. I am starting to use the copyscape program now, but again, if the original pieces aren't online anymore (which they're not), then I think I'm sunk.
DMCA worked for me, but as pointed out, my article was obviously a lot older than the copy and had more authority. It's worth trying, otherwise all that work is for nothing. But Google does take their time, so have patience and it takes a few weeks. Another thing you can do is leave a comment on the offending work, stating "This article was copied from.....(url of yours here)." Then, if lots of people see it, they will lose trust in the copier's site as an original source. I did that on my copied one too, and it made me feel better - but keep it professional or Google might think you are deranged.
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