Some bankruptcy attorney stole one of my hubs and uses it on his business website. I sent two emails politely asking him to take it down and never got a response back. I did file a DMCA through Google and they said it was approved a couple weeks ago, but that page on his site is still up. Does of DMCA just remove it from the search results or do they delete the page? There's no info about which web hosting company runs his site, so...any other ideas?
Google does not have the authority or ability to delete anything from someone else's server. Unless that page is on a computer Google owns (meaning blogger), Google can do nothing but remove it from their search engine.
File with whoever is hosting the site. See my carousel or the learning center for information on how to do that.
Carol, have you tried phoning him or sending him a registered letter? You might even get a respectable-but-firm lawyer yourself to look into this.
Sorry your content has been copied.
What you want to do first is find the hosting company via the WHOIS info for the site.
Here is a WHOIS lookup tool
Once you determine the hosting company, file a DMCA NOI with them.
Here are instructions for filing a DMCA NOI.
http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/how- … -complaint
Google should be a last resort (unless they are the host) as removing a page from SERPs has no effect on the still being online. It just makes it harder for people to find it.
It doesn't seem to list a hosting company for this guy. It looks like he registered his domain (and at least 72 others) with godaddy.com, but I can't seem to locate anything about who hosts the site. Would it say hosting company or server when I do a whois search?
Is this any help carolyn? http://www.who.is/dns/miami-bankruptcy-attorneys.com
You could send a complaint to the state bar and/or better business bureau. I bet that would get his attention.
Thanks for good suggestions. I'll have to decide what to try. This guy is pretty sleazy. He posted my article verbatim and then changed the title a bit.
Carolyn, I wish I could answer this for you, but I would not know where to begin. Hope you have success in getting it taken down.
Enter the domain in question into http://www.whoishostingthis.com
Even if the domain registration info is falsified, this will tell you where the site is really coming from.
Ya know... Seems to me a lawyer would be the last person on the planet to pull a stunt like this. Makes me wonder if he is even a real lawyer. I still really like psycheskinner's earlier suggestion.
Sadly, many real businesses hire crap web builders.
The DMCA notice will only remove it from search engines as they don't have access to the actual website. Though it is worth noting that Google is very good at identifying duplicate content so posting it will hurt the website and not your hub. If you want to find information about the hosting company you can try Whois.
Thank you all for the help, ideas and suggestions. I did finally find that this person's site is hosted with Godaddy, so I have to send them an email with all the info so they can look into it. He seems to be an actually lawyer in NJ and has at least 72 registered domains so I wonder where he finds the time. I like the ideas about filing with bar association or BBB as well, but who knows if this guy would try to do something against me for reporting him. If he has the time to go around the net and steal articles for his site, he might not have anything better to do.
Just an update on this... I sent a letter to GoDaddy about the stolen content and they got back to me within 48 hours of receiving it to let me know the site owner took down the copied page. Case closed. Thanks again everyone for suggestions on how to deal with this.
Stealing content is one of the worst web-building scams out there, but it still goes on like crazy, especially with companies that outsource the labor. People hire a legit designer, and then that person outsources to the cheapest online bidder to get written content. Or that new web intern you got for the summer.
by Don Bobbitt 7 years ago
Honestly, HP needs to step up and start filtering their input. I have been here for over 5 years and I have watched a lot of changes, but what I see as what must be the most damaging to HP (ergo we writers) with Google is the number of low quality Hubs being allowed in the gate. I hear a lot of...
by Keith Abt 9 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...
by Marcy Goodfleisch 7 years ago
Do you have ideas on ways HP could improve the site or its usability in the coming year? No flaming, please; hoping to have some serious and helpful suggestions for staff to consider.Please share your ideas on: - How the site can improve Google rankings? - How the site can drive...
by Barack James 8 years ago
Through the Google Analytics Trackbacks; I found that the webpage linking to my hub has all my content from the title to the end, including the last sentence encouraging my readers to leave their comments. This merciful content thief provided a link to my hub at the bottom of the article on his/her...
by Dedicated Content Curator 11 years ago
Thank you hubpages for having a brilliant system that alerts me when some chuffing thieves rip off my content. And for providing me with a copy/paste DMCA notice to send the thieving toerags.I've just got to find their contact details now, there's nothing on their site and nothing in who.is...
by Susannah Birch 11 years ago
I’ve decided to leave Hubpages for the foreseeable future at least. I’ve already taken down quite a few hubs but I’ll be leaving the remaining 85 on this account unless I find a good reason to move them.Why am I leaving? I believe that the Hubpages staff has become far too reactive instead of...
Copyright © 2022 Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of Maven Coalition, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|